chapter  7
International Encounters of Another Kind
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From our perspective at the beginning of the twenty-first century, intercultural encounters should not only command the greater attention of specialists in international relations, but they should do so with a heightened sense of urgency because the dialogue between “the world and West” has already become a debate that is being engaged today in forums as diverse as the human rights organs of the United Nations, the streets of Moscow and Algiers, and the poetry corners of cosmopolitan bookstores. Several analysts, including, most notably, Harvard’s Samuel P. Huntington, see the debate turning into a conflict.1 Today, ideological extremists in both the non-West and the West welcome intercultural conflict and are apparently anxious to provoke it.