1 September 2011


Alexis Crow


This paper outlines the conditions by which a cultural dialogue in international security can be achieved and provides the framework within which a necessary debate can take place.

  • A clear gap is evident between Eastern and Western approaches to international security.
  • Risk perception is highly subjective and therefore culturally specific: what may be considered a risk by one country may not be by another. And even if two actors agree to collectively manage a risk, the instruments they choose to do so may differ, often owing to contrasting cultures or historical experiences.
  • The conditions for a cross-cultural dialogue on international security must be formed. Although such a framework may not provide long-lasting solutions to today's strategic challenges, it can allow for a meaningful discussion or debate to take place – one which recognizes the inevitability of culturally distinctive approaches to security.

Project: Cultural Dialogue in International Security and Defence