The historic wisdom tradition played a vital role in the nations of the Ancient Near East, helping diplomats and ambassadors in their efforts to seek peaceable resolutions to adversarial relations, approaching hostilities, conflict, or war. Unfortunately, the wisdom tradition’s connection to diplomacy has pretty much been lost to us today. It is a missing dimension in our contemporary understanding of the resources the tradition provides. Instead, world leaders and their foreign policy advisers often rely on rigid adherence to political ideologies for analyzing international events and responding to them.
Here are a few thoughts about the importance of recovering the wisdom tradition for international relations today.
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