This is a book of dialogue in two voices. It is the result of a vibrant and vigorous exchange between two public intellectuals, friends for many years, from two different political, professional and cultural backgrounds. Though we did the conversations in English, our common world of culture and values is human culture. This reminds us of what Thomas Mann said not long after he arrived in New York from Nazi Germany: “Wo ich bin, ist deutsche Kultur” (“Where I am, is German culture”)
Ramin Jahanbegloo is a political philosopher. He is presently the Executive Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies and the Vice-Dean of the School of Law at Jindal Global University - Delhi, India. He is the winner of the Peace Prize from the United Nations Association in Spain (2009) for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence and more recently the winner of the Josep Palau i Fabre International Essay Prize. Nicolas TENZER is a French senior civil servant and teaches at Sciences-Po Paris, French National School for Public Administration (ENA) and many universities in America, Europe and Asia. He is the author of 21 books.