Issue II: Generations in Dialogue

II-04 | Intergene­rational Dialogue on Peace and Security

Moderation by Ana Clara Giovani 08|11|2021

Intergenerational Dialogue on Peace and Security


“How do you feel about the future? What do you see ahead of us? Are you confident or are you doubtful?”, moderator Ana Clara Giovani asks the two guests of our Intergenerational Dialogue on Peace and Security right in the beginning. Hear, what World Council Member Claudio Epelman and former member of Youth Committee Marcelo Leites, both from Argentina, have to say.

Esteemed Claudio Epelman has a surprising first thought to share with us: “Before answering, I would like to say that I am a little bit nostalgic. Because I remember when there was an intergenerational dialogue when I was the young one. But this was a couple of years ago. But now it’s the turn for Marcelo to be in this position. So, Marcelo, enjoy it. Because the time is running.”


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Hope and pessimism

Claudio Epelman then emphasizes on “hope”, when looking into the future. “This is the keyword here.” We can’t decide on the challenges we have to face. But we can deal with them all together, as long as we don’t lose our hope.

Marcelo Leites explains that there are reasons to be pessimistic. When the pandemic came, everyone was talking about the “new normal” and that nothing would be the same as before. But Leites points out, that in reality, nothing has changed at all. All the problems that have been there before, are still there – like the climate change. But even if there are reasons to be doubtful, one has to stay optimistic to be able to tackle all the problems that need to be solved.

„To allow the new generation, the younger generation, to be part of the decisions not only of tomorrow but also the decisions that are required today. This is, I think, the first step.”

Claudio Epelman

In the dialogues of 45 minutes, moderator Ana Clara Giovani also asked the two guests, how they think one can stop that conflicts are being passed on from generation to generation. How can they be resolved between generations? You will learn, why Marcelo Leites suggests justice as the main solution. Problems, he argues, don’t go away just because one generation goes away.

Claudio Epelman thinks that this will only work, if young and old generations work together. To solve problems, one does not need wisdom alone, that experienced generations have. And on the other side, considering young generations, energy is also not enough to solve problems. It is the combination of the two that lead to solutions, and Claudio Epelman recommends generations to work together.

If you wish to learn, what the two guest have answered to the following question: “How can religious leaders be of help so that the younger generations don’t have to fight the same battle as the old generations?” please take the time, to have a look at the video talk and listen to the inspiring ideas our two guests have.


II-01 | Intergene­rational Dialogue on Environment

Ela Gandhi and Eda Molla Chousein are the two guests on the first “Dialogue of the Generations” video talk. They discuss how their two generations think differently and in the same way about environmental protection.

II-02 | Jeffrey Sachs: “We are at a critical juncture”

Jeffrey Sachs takes the old generations to task: those who are now in power must act. Read also why a decision by the German Federal Constitutional Court should set a precedent worldwide.

II-03 | What makes a person young and what makes a person old, Philbert Aganyo?

Philbert Aganyo is the team leader from Religions for Peace’s Youth Media Team. But considering his age, one might say es is not that young any more? But is age the crucial factor for leadership? Learn what he thinks about the difference between age and youth.

II-04 | Intergene­rational Dialogue on Peace and Security

“How do you feel about the future? What do you see ahead of us? Are you confident or are you doubtful?”, moderator Ana Clara Giovani asks the two guests of our Intergenerational Dialogue on Peace and Security right in the beginning. The answers differ.

II-05 | “We cannot afford to ignore religion when it comes to peace and conflict”

Human Rights can never be “won” because there are always people who will fight hard to reverse any gains made, says Andrew Gilmour. Learn, why the head of the Berghof Foundation thinks nations should prepare their population mentally for a rising migration.

II-06 | Intergene­rational Dialogue on Humanitarianism

What is humanitarianism to you, and why is it important to engage in humanitarian work? And what is your message to people who have lost hope in doing humanitarian work? Two of many questions Dr. Vinu Aram and Dr. Renz Argao were happy to answer in our third “Intergenerational Dialogue”.

II-07 | “Slavery is not a horror safely confined to the past”

Human trafficking is a business that is flourishing all over the world, even in Europe, because it has low risks and high profits, as Spanish social worker Alejandra Acosta explains. She is the founder of the organization “Break the Silence” that fights against trafficking and modern slavery.

II-08 | „Investing money in virtuous endeavors, if done without spiritual arrogance, will bring blessings”

Jonathan Granoff is the president of the Global Security Institute based in New York. At the 2021 conference, he presented a paper calling for religious institutions to use their financial resources in harmony with their values.  We talked with him about whether there is such a thing as a moral return in addition to financial returns.