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In the 21st Century, understanding the “other” presents itself as perhaps the major difficulty in the field of diplomacy and international relations. Misunderstanding, polarizing language and reflexive, often historical, antagonisms contribute to conflict between communities and nations. Although real differences exist between such large groups, psychologically informed dialogue opens the possibility for understanding and overcoming potential distortions and stereotyped reactions. The International Dialogue Initiative examines large group differences in an attempt to understand psychological perspectives, obstacles and dynamics -- for example, the effects of past trauma on present international relations -- that make realistic peacemaking discussions difficult.


The Initiative aims to facilitate dialogue between representatives from various large groups, states and cultures for the purpose of learning about differences in perspective and finding peaceful solutions to intergroup relationship problems.