Culture and Security Roundtable

Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado The New Security Programme’s Roundtable on Culture and Security[1] The Travellers’ Club, Pall Mall, London June 1st, 2006  My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are gathered together here today to discuss culture, defence and security. We do so not just in theory, but in practice, for we have a task …..

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Cultural Autonomy in the United Kingdom

Cultural Autonomy in Britain[1]   Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado Let me analyse and define the terms of our agenda. ‘The purpose of the conference is to examine the nature of the balance between the cultural autonomy of ethnic, religious and other minority groups and their responsibility to the state or community within which they …..

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ICT, Online Education, Culture and Society

Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado ICT, information and communications technology, is a powerful tool, transforming education, culture and society. We in online education have a vital role to play, and choices to make. What kind of education, culture and society do we want? How shall we use the power in our hands to achieve them? …..

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Conflict of Identity and Interests in Relation to Culture, Defence and Security

Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado How do one’s cultural identity and interests relate to each other in the context of defence and security? Can cultural identity and interests conflict? Does such conflict harm one’s defence and security? Does its resolution involve adapting one’s culture?   In addressing these questions, I hope I can assume acquaintance, …..

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We Are the Children of Modernity

A Theory of Culture, Learning, Teaching, Defence and Security Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado What is the relationship among culture, learning, teaching, defence and security, and how can understanding it enhance our security? This question has two parts: theoretical and practical. Its first part is theoretical. To answer it, one must relate learning to teaching, …..

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One Cheer for Democracy

Leonardo de Arrizabalaga y Prado “A democracy is only as good as its demos.” Discuss. What does this mean? To me it means that a democracy can only serve its people’s best interests, to the extent that the majority of its voters know what is in their own best interests, understand all the factors affecting those …..

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