The core articles in this issue are based on papers delivered during a conference on national identity held at the University of Turin on February 1, 2002. The conference was co-sponsored and funded by the Italian Foreign Ministry, the Turin Municipality, the Region of Piedmont, and the University of Turin. The program included presentations by Ada Lonni, Manuel Hassassian, Yoav Peled, Basem Ra'ad, Dani Rabinowitz, Nadim Rouhana, and Majdi Shomali. A roundtable by several European scholars discussed comparisons in identity building, links between European and Middle Eastern cultures, and models of coexistence. The whole procedure is to be published in Italian by the University of Turin.