Call for papers: DOC RI 2018 Rhodes Volume


The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute invites research papers to be published in our 2018 Rhodes Volume. The papers should be related to the themes of the Annual Rhodes Forum, which will be held in Rhodes, Greece from October 5th to 6th 2018.

The aim of DOC RI is to analyse major social, economic, and political trends and to suggest alternative models for regional and global sustainable development. DOC RI works within six research topics; authors may use these areas to refine their ideas, however papers should fall under at least one of the Specific Topics listed below

If you would like to submit a research paper, please send your submission to by June 15, 2018, specifying which of the Specific Themes your paper falls under. Papers should be no more than 6,000 words. Please note that submissions will not be accepted.

Participants will be informed about the decision before August 15, 2018.

 Specific paper topics:

  1. ‘From Deadlock to Solutions: Dialogue for a Comprehensive Euro-Atlantic Security Architecture’

The aim of these papers should be to outline potential parameters of an inclusive and cooperative pan-European security architecture, and to explore mechanisms though which further deterioration of relations between Russia and the West can be avoided and cooperation enhanced.

  1. ‘The Middle East Paradigm of Conflict: Only One Solution is Impossible”

The panel will examine the positions of external actors involved in the Middle East, as well as the dynamics that result from their involvement and interaction. In particular, attention should be focused on the positions of external actors and circumstances with regard to the Syrian conflict and the developments within the Middle East.

  1. ‘Economic Inequality and Democracy: Are they compatible?’

It is usually contemplated that income inequality gives rise to redistribution policies, which in some contexts may be more attractive to the majority of the electorate than the option of promoting economic growth. However, attempts to prove that there is indeed more redistribution occurring in democracies with high inequality have proven unsuccessful. Papers should explore the relationship between democratic regimes and economic inequality.


  1. ‘Dialogue in the Digital Age: Opportunities, Illusions, and the Reality of Technology, the Digital Economy, and Cyber Security’

Papers should examine potential methods for balancing the development of new technologies and a digital economy, with ways of overseeing these methods through public information and engagement, social institutions, and state authorities.

  1. ‘The Cultivation of Humanity as an Unfinished Project: Dialogue Among Civilisations’

Papers should explore how the dialogue of civilisations can be developed into a school of thought that uses a plethora of approaches to study human nature, its multiple relationships to the world, and how to advance humanity development.

  1. ‘Infrastructure Development in Emerging Economies to Boost International Dialogue’

New trends and emerging models of funding, governance, development, and maintenance of infrastructure projects are of particular interest in this section.

  1. ‘Engaging Africa in Dialogue: Priorities for a Harmonious Development of the Continent’

An integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing the dynamic region, are of interest to the entire world. Papers should help identify the most important priorities for the various regions of Africa and discuss the most efficient ways in which the international community can cooperate with Africa.



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