Pulitzer Center grantees Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac often wondered if there were places where people of different cultures lived in peace when the media is filled with stories of religious and ethnic violence. If these places did exist, they questioned why more was not heard about them. In the authors’ newly published book, “Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds,” Meyer and Brysac document the ways five societies have diffused ethnic tensions and found harmony.

The authors went to places where people of different races, religions, and ethnicities live peacefully – the Indian state of Kerala, the Russian republic of Tatarstan, the city of Marseille in France, the city of Flensburg, Germany, and the borough of Queens, NY. Through their two-year exploration of these societies, they uncovered examples of tolerance and ideas for peace.

The authors will be appearing in New York, Connecticut and Washington, DC, to discuss their work in the upcoming months:

- Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 82nd and Broadway, New York City, NY.
- Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at New Canaan Library, 151 Main Street, New Canaan, Conn.
- Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC.
- Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at The New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street, New York City, NY.
- Saturday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the Forest Hills Library, 108-19 71 Avenue, Forest Hills, NY.
- Monday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, Westport, Conn.

Their reporting on the Indian state of Kerala can also be found in their project India: The Kerala Model. “Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds” is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


In few places has coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims been more sorely tested as in India, yet few post-colonial nations can claim a more unlikely success.


May 29, 2012 /
Karl E. Meyer, Shareen Brysac
Former Ambassador-at-Large David Scheffer praises the book "Pax Ethnica: Where and How Diversity Succeeds," by Pulitzer Center grantees Karl Meyer and Shareen Brysac.
March 23, 2012 /
Karl E. Meyer, Shareen Brysac
Join "Pax Ethnica" authors Karl E. Meyer and Shareen Blair Brysac in Washington, DC, as they discuss examples of societies that have demonstrated tolerance and built thriving cultures.