The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute perceives the prevailing portrayal of the world today as oversimplified and too tightly bound to mainstream economic models. The DOC believes that this rendering of the world fails to take account of the diversity of social and cultural aspirations and the various norms of civilisations and traditions. Therefore, we invite scholars and experts to submit papers written exclusively for the DOC in order to address the individuals and elites involved in decision-making processes around the world with up-to-date insights and information; to respond adequately to the challenges of modernity; to treat global problems with proper understanding and attention to their complex origins; and to draft plausible alternative outlooks for the future.

The DOC’s research agenda covers six key topics: