Dialogue of Civilizations Rhodes Forum welcomes James Rubin as keynote speaker


The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), the independent non-partisan Berlin-based think tank, is pleased to announce James Rubin as a keynote speaker for this year’s Rhodes Forum.

James Rubin is an internationally renowned foreign affairs journalist, academic, and world-leading authority on US diplomatic, national security and foreign policy. He served under President Clinton as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and Chief Spokesman for Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright from 1997-2000. He also acted as a special negotiator during the Kosovo crisis to secure the demobilisation of the Kosovo Liberation Army.


“I am delighted to be able to welcome James Rubin to this year’s Rhodes Forum,” said Jean-Christophe Bas, CEO of the DOC. “As we analyse the current state of the global order 30 years since the Berlin Wall came down and look for ways forward for the next three decades and beyond, America’s role in today’s world will undoubtedly be a major focus of discussion. James’s deep experience – born of direct involvement in US diplomacy and politics at key moments over recent decades – will bring an invaluable perspective, and the Forum will be the richer for his insights.”

James Rubin’s full biography can be found here

The 2019 Rhodes Forum aims to facilitate a better understanding of the deep changes our societies are undergoing. It will shed light on initiatives that contribute substantially towards sustainable economic development; propose new concepts for the architecture of international governance in the context of shifts in power within the global economy; and it will examine the restoration of civility and promotion of ethical standards in the digital age.

Other confirmed speakers already announced include best-selling author Bruno Maçães, former Europe Minister of Portugal; Ehud Olmert, former Prime Minister of Israel; and former Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer.

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About the Rhodes Forum

First held in 2002, the Rhodes Forum is the DOC’s flagship public event, bringing together political leaders, policymakers, diplomats, experts, businesspeople and citizens from across the world to tackle shared global challenges. Throughout its history, its hallmark has been the pioneering spirit, inclusiveness, and moral resilience of its participants in their work to tackle the problems we face.

The 17th edition of the Rhodes Forum – titled “Global (Dis)order: Towards Dialogue-Based Worldviews” – takes place on the Greek island of Rhodes on 11-12 October 2019. For more information, please visit www.rhodesforum.org and follow the DOC on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn