FORUM l Common Room A worrying gap exists between East and West, but
both sides must strive to find common ground, Her Majesty Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan said during a visit to the Forum in May.
“Because our world house has a common room as well,” she said. “It is a room where color, race, and creed do not get in the way. Not because those things don’t exist, but because they are not important. What’s important in the common room are the values that we share: the basic belief that each of us is worthy of respect.”
FORUM l Sanctity of Tolerance “Let’s not bring God into it.” That, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told the Forum in April, was the instinct of a generation of foreign policy experts reluctant to add religion to an already complicated mix.
But religion’s prominent place in so many intractable conflicts convinced her that faith and religious identity must be taken more into account — though not to the exclusion of pluralism. “Moral certainty has its place,” she said. “But in public life, absolute certainty is not often a virtue.”
FORUM l Open Path Latino integration and inclusion must go hand in hand, Henry Cisneros MPA 1973, former HUD secretary in the Clinton administration, told the Forum in April. "Counterbalancing a commitment from Latinos to work, and study, and pay taxes, and raise our children, and abide by the laws, and become Americans is an acceptance on the part of the general American population that we’re going…to keep open the path to the middle class,” he said.