In the last few years, the world has witnessed political shifts that would have previously been “unthinkable”, says DOC CEO Jean-Christophe Bas. Alliances that have prevailed since the end of the Cold War are beginning to fall apart, forcing a rapid reorganization of the traditional alliances. Every major bloc and region in the world is now trying to establish its position in the new world order, and establish solidarity and alliances with other blocs to promote their ideologies and political viewpoints. This brings an increasing need to decipher how the world order is evolving, something that will be prioritized at this year’s Rhodes Forum.

The Rhodes Forum will examine what blocs and alliances are emerging and the geopolitical implications of this. It will also look into the relatively new concept of “civilization states”, as compared to the more traditional nation-state. As Bas notes, major world powers are increasingly seeing themselves as civilizations with their own cultures and set of values.

Participants in the forum will discuss whether this emerging system allows for peace and multilateral agreements. As the world finds itself facing a number of truly global issues, there is an increasing need for international cooperation. This comes at the same time as a decrease in the number of multilateral agreements being made. This year’s forum will attempt to answer the question: how do we solve these issues within a framework that is increasingly bilateral?

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