ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The artronomical costs of unfriedship | Jafar Mahallati | TEDxTehran

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: The artronomical costs of unfriedship | Jafar Mahallati | TEDxTehran

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A post-war civilization has been a dream across many centuries and cultures. But, even if this is attainable, there is still another huge cost that humanity is paying for no logical reason, argues Mohammad Jafar Mahallati a professor of peace and friendship studies. We are born to enjoy friendly relations and instead have been suffering from hostile competition, unnecessary conflicts and increasing cold loneliness in a life that is supposed to be all sweet. It is time, Mahallati asserts, that we all become conscious that not only war is a cost but an “unfriendly” state of life is even a much greater and unnecessary cost we need to avoid. He concludes that the first step is to take friendship studies and institutions seriously. Mohammad Jafar Amir Mahallati was chairman of the department of economics in Kerman University and then became a multilateral diplomat. As ambassador to the United Nations (1987-1989), he played a key role in the acceptance of the Security Council Resolution 598 which brought Iran-Iraq war to an end. After his diplomatic career, Mahallati taught international relations at Columbia University for seven years. He also served as a senior scholar at a number of think-tanks with focus on Middle East Studies. As Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies and then Nancy Shrom Dye Chair of MENA Studies, Mahallati has taught on peace theology at Oberlin College for over a decade. His dream is to develop a Peace Village in his hometown Shiraz including an institution of peace studies, peace museum, peace library.The school of peace that Mahallati advocates have one message: Not only the war but also the lack of friendship in social and international relations is a huge cost for the entire humanity. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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