Turkish Journal of International Relations

Turkish Journal of International Relations

Volume 1, Number 1, Spring 2002


Iranian Discourse and Dialogue
By M. Fatih Seyhanoglu



The ideas, Toynbee continuously insists on in his writing “A study of History”, that the civilizations are being predominated and destroyed and the globe's becoming uni-cultural began to be mentioned by theorists who are close to USA government during post-cold war era. As known, the other civilizations came to have no right to survive due to the fact that USA retains hegemony all over the world now. Especially along with the globalization movement and depending on the unique dominance of one state, other cultures are gradually being replaced by consumer societies; the trend that the Westerners exactly want. Therefore, under the dominance of one power in the world, the term dialog remains an unpractical utterance that the defeated and/or the powerless uses. There can be no importance of talking either about dialog or confrontation in an environment in which only one power and civilization dominates. As Nietzsche indicates, the reality is something subjective; but who determines the reality is the powerful one. For this, we can only talk about attacks and suppress of a powerful civilization.

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