Objective and Special Features

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Objective

Conventional understanding about conflict resolution within the discipline of politics and philosophy of international relations has primarily been undertaken from western perspectives which are based on Homo-oeconomicus model. In recent years, the field of development and economic policies has been advocating the project based on the local community participation, and conflict resolution policy and theory should also be considered from the viewpoint of local communities and at the micro-level relating to both social and cultural matters. The Afrasian Research Centre brings to this project the ideals of its predecessor, the ACPDS, and adds new aspects such as research into communication and language policy areas which have not substantially been linked with immigration and international relations theory. In doing so, we at the Afrasian Research Centre endeavour to shed further light on the possibilities of resolving complex, multifarious conflicts and creating multicultural societies.

Special Features

Focusing on the Importance of Dialogue

This research project is centred on studying conflict resolution by breaking the cycle of violence among the antagonists, achieving reconciliation by working towards relations of long-term stability and creating multicultural societies. The project focuses on the importance of dialogue in that process.

For parties to a conflict to cease hostilities and move from resolution of their conflict towards reconciliation, it is vital that there is dialogue and that there are public forums for views to be exchanged. This can only be achieved where there is communication and coherent policies for language and language education, and the potential for further dialogue that these generate. In order to shed light on the mechanisms involved, we need to engage in theoretical, empirical research to allow those in conflict to set shared goals and work towards them; research that seeks to reconcile the personal-level phenomena of communities and cultures in constant change caused by the movement of people and the macro-level issues of political and economic systems that always seek to solidify and systemize.

Focus on the Environmental, Social, Cultural and Structural Aspects of Conflict

Our research will focus not only on the violence of conflict, but also on its environmental, social, cultural and structural aspects with a broad understanding of conflict as a complex issue that includes national issues, ethnic issues, cultural issues and philosophical issues.

Such a perspective is a vital part of any analysis of the relationship between political and economic systems and the cultural and social change brought on by the movement of people that seeks to take a standpoint of dialogue. It is a perspective that enables a more broadly encompassing study that takes into account not only the visible aspects of conflict (e.g., the physical aspects and violence), but also the invisible aspects (e.g., the economic, social and cultural aspects).

The issues that hinder the creation of multicultural societies are indeed multifarious, and there is a need to study each of the issues before formulating policies for overcoming them. For that reason, this research project is designed to highlight the invisible aspects of conflict as well as the visible, and to suggest the ideal conditions for the creation of public forums that will lead to the opening up of a path to conciliation and creation of multicultural societies. Put another way, the project seeks to propose ways to build up potential for dialogue at national and regional levels.