Policy-makers from around the world gather for Rhodes Forum 2018


Leading policy makers from across the globe are gathering in Greece for the Rhodes Forum 2018, which runs from 5 -6 October.

Since it was first convened in 2003, the Rhodes Forum has grown to become a major annual event drawing senior policy makers, serving and former politicians, state officials, business people, NGO representatives, and journalists from across the world. They come to Rhodes to discuss, under the auspices of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, the major challenges communities face, in order to develop applicable measures to resolve and respond to these issues and to identify emergent problems.

This year’s Forum opens with a plenary session on the main theme of the event, ‘Making Multilateralism Work: Enhancing Dialogue on Peace, Security, and Development’. Moderated by French writer and journalist Renaud Girard, this session sets the focus for the two-day event and  examines the impact of multilateralism on existing tensions and potential flash points. It will also address issues of trade and economic inequality.

High-profile participants this year include former Israeli President Ehud Olmert; Prime Minister of Guinea Ibrahim Kassory Fofana; senior officials from Greece, Iran, and Russia; a delegation from China; OECD policy-makers; and Robin Wright – Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace.

This year’s sessions offer participants the chance to explore critical issues in the Middle East, peace and security in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasia, Economic inequality and democracy, and the private sector’s role in intercultural dialogue. The second day’s highlights include the Leaders Club Meeting, which draws senior serving officials for top-level discussions on the DOC RI contribution to the G20 Summit in Argentina. The main events on the second day of the forum are the Summit on Africa ‘Engaging Africa in Dialogue: Towards a Harmonious Development of the Continent’, an on-stage discussion with the Prime Minister of Guinea, and the farewell plenary session on ‘Humanity in a High-Tech World: Thrive or Survive’, with Sophie Hackford, CEO of the data and AI company, 1715 Labs.

In previous years the Forum has gathered between 300 and 700 attendees – and has been tracked online by hundreds of thousands viewers. The organisers hope that the Rhodes Forum 2018 will continue to grow in reach and impact, and that, as in previous years, productive dialogue during the sessions will lead to applicable policy advice to be delivered to the relevant international and national organisations and agencies.

About the Rhodes Forum

Held since 2003, the Rhodes Forum has made its name as a premier destination for globally renowned academics and policymakers to share insights into shared global problems and to discuss potential solutions.

Current and former heads of state join respected experts, members of the business community, researchers, and civil society representatives to identify emerging trends and to discuss solutions for ongoing global issues.

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About the DOC Research Institute

DOC is an independent research institute whose mission is to promote mutual understanding, inclusive development, and equitable dialogue. It seeks to develop policy proposals based on scientific research that addresses key challenges faced by the international community, from infrastructure underdevelopment and economic inequality to civilisational and religious tensions and conflicts.