Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law

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The Articles and Commentary in this Symposium are another step in a series of conferences exploring dimensions of business influence on sustainable peace. As is often the case with new intellectual initiatives, each step seems to open new doors of insight and new sets of questions. Other presentations delivered at this conference included discussions of how one could design architectural plans in keeping with company goals, while others focused on the development of compassion, forgiveness, and voice. Still others connected the topic to notions of ethical compliance models, dispute resolution, corporate citizenship, and economic development.

Beyond these notions, of course, there are fundamental intersections with issues of anthropology, foreign relations scholarship, and case examples of the actions companies have already undertaken. In short, the initial exploration of this topic in the 2001 and 2002 conferences suggest that we have uncovered the proverbial tip of the iceberg.