Our winter 2001 issue, timed to mark the UN's Year of Dialogue among Civilisations, examines the nature and prerequisites of civilisational dialogue. Among our contributors are Giandomenico Picco, the UN Secretary-General's Personal Representative for the Year of Dialogue; Mohsen Milani and Michael Gibbons, who supply a detailed critique of Samuel Huntingtons "clash of civilisations" thesis; R. K. Ramazani, who urges the need for a theoretical underpinning to the civilisational dialogue paradigm; Hossein Bashiriyeh, who reflects on the dialectics of inter-civilisational relations; and Haim Gordon, who applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict insights from Martin Buber's dialogical philosophy.