All posts by Vahid Alavian

Vahid Alavian is retired and resides in Chattanooga with his wife, Barbara Miller. His professional career included working with international agencies, governments, and academia. At the World Bank, he led technical and diplomatic negotiations among the Palestinian Authority, Israel, and Jordan as a part of advancing the peace process in the region. After the World Bank, he spent 3 years in Haifa, Israel at the Bahá’í World Centre. Earlier, he worked with the United States Agency for International Development and the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is a Fulbright Scholar and held faculty positions at several universities.

Unity in Diversity: A Model for Advancement of Civilization – by Vahid Alavian

Today’s political and social climate in the world and in the United States seems to accentuates disagreement in thoughts and ideologies, give rise to disunity, create a sense of fear and insecurity, and in some cases even loss of human life and destruction. Chaos and confusion are reaching such intensity that they are affecting the fundamental structure of society; uprooting its time-honored constitutions and institutions; destroying the bonds of human relationships; and driving its inhabitants away from their homes as refugees. To counter these forces, significant productive and constructive energy will be required to sustain human societies. One way to look at our community, country, and the world for a path forward is to practice the concept of Unity in Diversity. The American Diversity Report provides an effective avenue for meaningful discourse on the subject.

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