Can dialogue bring peace?

Posted by at 5:37PM

We usually think of peace as coming from a macro-level: a treaty between two nations, a peace accord, UN intervention, or a cease-fire. But to what degree can the reality at the micro-level influence peace between governments?
There are numerous projects working towards this effect in the Middle East. A version of Sesame Street for the region has Israelis and Palestinians living peacefully in the same neighborhood, and for adults there are groups such as Arabs for Israel and Coalition of Women for Peace. A number of other groups work to foster dialogue and exchange between Israelis and Palestinians. Perhaps these groups can succeed where governments have failed.
Here at Stanford there’s a new group called the Stanford Project for U.S.-China Dialogue. The goal here is to cultivate cultural and political understanding between the U.S. and China, by posting articles on various topics by American and Chinese university students. While the two countries are not at war, the group aims to prevent the sort of misunderstandings that have lead to conflict in the past. You can check out the website at:
So what do you think? What are other opportunities for cultural bridge-building? Is this the future of peace?


One Response to “Can dialogue bring peace?”

  1. Sharad C.Neupane says:

    I also agree that the dialogue can reduce the conflict and can bring peace. I want to do the action research on this topics, with women groups of different political parties, how the dialogue helps to reduce the gap and bring in common consensus on women issues,
    i ll be happy if anyone has developed a theory and forward to me.
    sharad Neupane
    Kathmandu Nepal


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