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Caux Round Table 2011 Global Dialogue

Must there be a Clash of Civilizations?

Submitted by: Caux Round Table, The

Categories: Business Ethics, Corporate Social Responsibility

Posted: Apr 26, 2011 – 06:17 PM EST


WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr. 26 /CSRwire/ - The Caux Round Table announces its 2011 Global Dialogue in Washington, D.C., USA for July 27, 28 and 29, 2011 at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Registration is available on the Caux Round Table website at

The co-host for the Dialogue is the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Fifteen years ago the late Harvard Professor Samuel P. Huntington, former member of the Caux Round Table Academic Advisory Board, published his provocative thesis on a Clash of Civilizations. At the center of the prospective cultural conflicts would be the United States and its political and economic values. What better place to discuss the continuing relevance of Huntington's thesis than Washington, DC? And today there is violent conflict between America and some Islamic fundamentalists and tension between America and a newly powerful China - as Huntington predicted.

If, on the other hand, the Caux Round Table is correct that there are core values of responsible business and government shared by all religions and cultures, then why should there be any clash of civilizations?

Among the questions to be addressed at this year's Global Dialogue:

  • Are civilizations clashing?
  • Free markets and clashing values: Is there a global standard for business conduct?
  • Global financial intermediation: Stability or conflict?
  • Guidelines for business when cultures clash.

The preliminary agenda is available on the Caux Round Table website:

The environment in which global business must succeed or fail is changing dramatically. Old paradigms are falling away - European governments have defended the Euro; the American consensus on a soft, social welfare state has unraveled; Arab and North African governments and societies will never be the same again; Chinese influence has reached heights unparalleled in history; the power of nature displayed in Japan raises new questions as to how our civilization can sustainably generate the electricity it needs for daily survival; and military interventions in Libya and the Ivory Coast have given new strength to international norms of justice.

Participants at the Caux Round Table's 26th Global Dialogue will contribute their views and experiences on large global challenges facing not only business decision-makers, but all national and international leaders and their constituents.

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For more information, please contact:

Jed Ipsen Associate Director
Phone: (202) 531-8947

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