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Dialogue in the World Disorder

A Response to the Threat of Unilateralism and World Terrorism

This book is a compilation of articles presented at the seminar on „Inter-cultural Dialogue for a New Global Equilibrium: Constraints and Possibilities”, organized by the Center for Languages and Cultures (CLC) of the State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta in collaboration with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) in Jakarta in October 2003. The event derived from the initiative of various parties who acknowledge the need to build dialogue among nations, religions and cultures. This book offers various perspectives on how the world should deal with the emergence of conflicts and wars which have in many ways increased the current global tension.

“Dialogue in the World Disorder” recommends the development of mutual understanding among people with various opinions, different state policies and national attitudes. The book reflects the escalating fears as well as hopes for people who want peace. The issues raised in this publication concern the need to discuss certain mechanisms that all nations must follow in order to promote equilibrium to preserve a peaceful and just world. The arguments presented by the authors are varied, ranging from theo-philosophical approaches to socio-political and cultural ones. Each attempts to develop a common perspective on how to understand the issues, and suggests strategies to prevent further destruction and disorder.

Excerpts from the contents:

  • Nurcholish Madjid: The Theology of World Equilibrium for the Balance of Power

  • Makmur Widodo: Multilateralism and Unilateralism – The Way Forward

  • Ralph L. Boyce: US Foreign Policy – Our Place in the Community of Nations

  • Makmur Keliat: Third World Countries in the Global Order

  • Hassan Hanafi: Cultural and Inter-cultural Multilateralism – What Muslims Can Contribute to Create a New Global Order

  • Andreas Jacobs: Beyond the Dialogue of Civilizations. The Sense and Nonsense of Inter-cultural Exchange: A Perspective from Europe

  • Randolph Mank: Are the Roots of Global Terrorism Cultural?

  • K.S. Nathan: Globalization, Local Identity, and Terrorism in Global Cultural Pluralism

  • Richard Gozney: Political Fairness – An Approach to the Genuine Issue of Local Identity

  • Jörn Dosch: New Consolidating Democratic Countries towards Global Challenges – the Case of Southeast Asia

  • Shaban Shahidi Moaddab: Muslim Countries and the Struggle for Pluralism, Clean Governance and Non-violent Cultures

  • Bassam Tibi: Islamic Civilization and the Quest for Democratic Pluralism – Good Governance and the Political Culture of Non-violence

  • Azyumardi Azra: The Challenge of Democracy in the Muslim World – Traditional Politics and Democratic Political Culture

  • Dina Afrianty: ASEAN and Multilateral Security Arrangements in Southeast Asia