Culture: Diversity or Integrity
- Multiculturalism and Global Peace
- Asia: Diversity or Unity in Cultures
- Intercultural Dialogue: Approaches and Outcomes
- Media, Communication and Common Good
- Globalization, Religion and Common Good
Islam: New Challenges, New Perspectives
- Islam and the Crisis of Modern Man
- Islam and Other Faiths: Truth or Salvation
- Islam and Woman: Rights and Commitments
- Islam: Traditionalism or Modernism
- Islam and Revivalism: Needs and Necessities
- Islam: Spirituality, Morality and Jurisprudence
Iran: Realities and Appearances
- Iran, Religious State and International Challenges
- Iran and the Middle East
- Iran and New Generation: Gap or Conflict
- Iran and International Society: Contraction or Expansion
- Cultures and Religions in Iran: Heterogeneous or Homogeneous Society
More interesting, however, are the members of the "Scientific Board," who come not only from Iran and Indonesia, but also from universities of Georgetown, Indiana, and Creighton. The conference has special discounts for students, and offers help with all the visa arrangements. So in case you're interested in paying a visit to the land of Cyrus the Great (or the Grand Ayatollah, depending on your "interests"), you should register and submit your paper abstract now.
Dialogue Among Civilizations initiative in 2000.
Perhaps, after all, this is the right way to go about the problem Iran poses, instead of further sanctions that will only harm the people, strengthen the regime, force it to close in even further, and radicalize what (at least) used to be the most pro-American public in the Greater Middle East. But this requires long-term strategic thinking, does not yield readily available quantitative results, does not involve the military and thus, runs the risk of being neglected by those who demand measures, budgets, and quick, immediate outcomes.
(Image from the conference website)