rigorous promotion of cultural, social, educational and economic
exchanges is the most sensible and least expensive option for
managing and resolving global conflict.
are facing the urgent task of building new institutions with the
capacity to encounter the realities of a rapidly globalizing world.
This can be accomplished by utilizing highly innovative means
to mobilize the world's most creative (intellectual, financial
and political) leaders. The global connections that such exchanges
encourage must be grounded in authentic dialogue rather than mere
public relations efforts.
the goal is truly to mitigate conflict, going beyond existing
channels is precisely what is needed. The traditional approach
lacks the dynamic vision to lead a process that embraces the new
realities created by globalization. In a transitional period resembling
the era leading up to the collapse of colonialism, it is no longer
sufficient to "think outside the box," we must move outside the
is urgently needed in the post-9/11 world is a new infrastructure
that synthesizes and mediates cultural and political dimensions
on a global scale, diligent in its effort to overcome systemic
barriers to free exchange of ideas.