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About Ramin Jahanbegloo

Ramin Jahanbegloo is professor in the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto, and previously Rajni Kothari professor of democracy at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi. He is a member of the advisory board of PEN Canada, and was awarded the peace prize of the United Nations Association in Spain (2009) for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence. His books include India Revisited: Conversations on Contemporary India (Oxford University Press, 2007), and (as editor) Civil Society and Democracy in Iran (Lexington Press, 2011). His website is here

Articles by Ramin Jahanbegloo

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Iran's future: out of the trap

The combination of sanctions and the threat of war undermines the space for Iranian civil society to press its claim for rights and freedoms. The resumption of negotiations over the nuclear issues is an opportunity for western states to choose a better course, say Ramin Jahanbegloo & RN Khatami.

Tibet: democracy and wisdom

The Dalai Lama's impending retirement symbolises an important transition in the life of Tibet's political-national community. The process underway clarifies both the nature of Tibetan governance and the challenges it must address in face of China's power, says Ramin Jahanbegloo.

The new middle east: a civic revolution

The democratic wave sweeping the Arab world, and shared by Iran, opens a new agenda for the civic activists who helped make it possible, says Ramin Jahanbegloo.

The new middle east: intellectuals and democracy

The change that is unfolding across the middle east places an especial responsibility on intellectuals to think civically and engage ethically, says Ramin Jahanbegloo.

Olympics of shame

The refusal to participate in the Beijing Olympics in protest at China's repressive policies in Tibet is an ethical imperative, says Ramin Jahanbegloo.

The modern Gandhi

Dialogue, global citizenship, autonomy, non-violence, political freedom - in embodying these ideas in his life and activism, Mahatma Gandhi is a thinker of this century as well as his own, says Ramin Jahanbegloo.

Richard Rorty: living in dialogue

The late American philosopher made a matchless contribution to democratic dialogue across cultures in an era of global diversity, says his colleague Ramin Jahanbegloo.

America's dreaming

Can the “American dream” belong also to the world? In the sixth of our Letters to Americans series, the Iranian scholar Ramin Jahanbegloo, who teaches at the Cultural Research Bureau in Tehran, and the philosopher Richard Rorty of Stanford University discuss the future of America’s national story.

(This article was first published on 30 August 2004)

Stronger demands for democratisation

In the last days of 2005, leading thinkers and scholars from around the world share their fears, hopes and expectations of 2006. Forty-nine of openDemocracy’s distinguished contributors, from Mariano Aguirre to Slavoj Zizek, Neal Ascherson to Jonathan Zittrain – offer their predictions for the coming year. Since this is openDemocracy, we did not expect them to agree. We were not disappointed. (Part Two).

Iran's conservative triumph

Iran’s people have elected religious hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad by a large margin over ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani. Whose victory is it, whose defeat? Iranian democrats assess their new predicament, and discuss what to do now.
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