Minorities at the Time of the Clash of Civilizations

On Wednesday the 4th of June, 2014 the conference “Minorities at the Time of the Clash of Civilizations. Models of Multiculturalism and Dialogue” took place in Rome, at the Hall of Columns of Marini Palace (Italian Chamber of Deputies Conference Room).

The event was arranged by the Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG), with the support of the Italian Member of Parliament Daniel Alfreider (whose party is a political expression of minorities located in the Italian Autonomous Province of Bolzano) and with the patronage of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, the Italian Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Italian National Research Council.

The discussion was focused both on the scientific analysis of the great phenomena of migrations in the present age and on the relating issue of the elaboration of social models aiming at preserving the coexistence of cultures.

Participants were professionals from different areas of competence (scientific research, institutional roles, academic studies). Among them, a representation of IsAG analysts gave its contribution focusing on the issue of intercultural coexistence in strategic areas of the globe. Dario Citati and Alessandro Lundini, from the “Eurasia” IsAG program, focused on post-soviet areas; they gave special attention to the problematic condition of Russian minorities in the Baltic area and on the models of cultural coexistence in Kazakhstan. Alessandra Caruso, Associate Researcher, intervened on the issue of native peoples of the Arctic areas under the perspective of international law. Professor Matteo Marconi, Director of the “Geopolitical Theory” program, stressed his reflections on the unavoidable juxtaposition between the sovereign power of the modern State and the existence of minorities. Daniele Scalea, General Director of the Institute, focused on the differences between the phenomena of migrations during the past centuries in comparison with the present age of globalization. Giacomo Guarini, Director of the “Dialogue of Civilizations” program, made a conclusive speech, stressing on the importance of the discussed topics especially in the present phase of geopolitical uni-multipolar transition, which needs the consolidation of new models for the pursuing of global stability and pacific coexistence.

The event was part of a wider project conducted by IsAG under the direction of its “Dialogue of Civilizations” program, whose aim is to use the scientific tools of geopolitics for the elaboration of models of human development based on the “Dialogue of Civilizations” paradigm, in the polysemous meaning it has been intended at an international level by entities such as the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”, as one of supporters of the conference said.

Giacomo Guarini, Director, IsAG Program "Dialogue of Civilizations"