THE ROLE OF INTERETHNIC COMMUNICATION IN THE INTERNAL STABILITY OF STATES AND THE AVOIDANCE OF EXTERNAL THREATS. A CASE STUDY ON THE SAXONS OF VALEA VIILOR (WURMLOCH) – SIBIU COUNTY
Abstract: In a context where mastering intercultural communication strategies and competences is a sine qua non of
a diplomacy adapted to the current dynamic security environment, the internal stability of states plays a key role in defining and strengthening foreign policies. Most of the time, the cultural conflicts between the majority and the minority populations that co-exist in a country weaken not only the coherence of that country’s domestic policies, but also its security, which, internationally, results in a lack of credibility of the respective state. Thus, by analyzing how ommunication takes place within the Saxon community of Valea Viilor, with a focus on its traditions, this article sets out to emphasize that a first step
towards a coherent foreign policy is the knowledge and acceptance of the ethnic minority’s culture by the majority population and permanent dialogue.
Keywords: security; interethnic communication; internal stability; Saxons; foreign policy.
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