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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
In the last days of 2005, leading thinkers and scholars from around the world share their fears, hopes and...