Richard Higgott produces new report on civilisation, states and world order

Professor Richard Higgott of the IES produced a major report entitled “Civilisations, States and World Order: Where are We, Where are We Heading”. This new publication was commissioned by the Berlin based think tank Dialogue of Civilisation Research Institute in anticipation of the Rhodes Forum on 11-12 October 2019. The theme of the Forum is “ Global (Dis)Order: Towards Dialogue-Based World Views".

Professor Higgot’s report looks at the challenges facing traditional understandings of globalisation and the US-led global order in the face of the increasing pressures coming from what we call "civilisation states" or "state-civilizations" – most notably China and India — as they seek to reshape the contemporary international order in both ideational and material terms.” It sets out an applied and empirical investigation of the limitations that policymakers face and the options available to them to restructure the global order. The report shows that there are no simple answers or easy choices. It suggests that if we are to avoid a new ‘clash of civilizations’ we need to establish a framework and practices necessary for genuine negotiated global dialogue.

Former IES Academic Director Prof. Dr. Luk Van Langenhove has written a contribution to the report. In 'Civilisational dialogue: Questions of method', he identifies a central component for understanding the prospects for a dialogue of civilisations, by looking at the relationship between individuals (people) and collectives (civilisations). He explains how a dialogue of civilisations has, after all, to be an interaction between people.

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