Ending the Never-Ending Story: Will Current Peace Efforts be the Final Chapter in the Cyprus Conflict?

February 17, 2017

In this article I address the question of why achieving a peace settlement for Cyprus has proven so difficult since the partition of the island in 1974, and I explore prospects for ending Europe’s longest frozen conflict in the near future. Contrary to the common perspective that a window of opportunity has recently been opened by moderate Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot leaders, I argue that their recent actions may not be sufficient to reunite the island. Enthusiasm is likely to be tempered by political reality and the complex dynamics affecting the conflict. Furthermore, reunification could inadvertently open a Pandora’s box. In order to avoid adverse consequences, the question of what happens if a peace settlement breaks down needs to be addressed at the current stage of negotiations.

Ending the Never-Ending Story: Will Current Peace Efforts be the Final Chapter in the Cyprus Conflict?


The Quest for Change: From Domination to Dialogue

June 30, 2016

Abstract: This paper explores the distinction between domination and dialogue. It analyses dialogical philosophy, mainly in the works of Mikhail Bakhtin and some other contemporary authors, grounding the universal character of dialogue as constitutive of human personality itself. Dialogism is a fundamental characteristic of language. In its normative role, dialogism can serve as the standard for the evaluation and critique of existing relationships within a socially and culturally diverse world. It can also serve as a regulative principle in the ennoblement of human relationships. This paper highlights intercultural philosophy and its grounding of the ideas of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It analyses the manifestations of cultural diversity in Latin American, African and the African-American philosophies. These philosophies show the tendency to evolve from ethnocentrism to more openness and finally to inter-philosophical global dialogue. Dialogism is opposed to historical-cultural conditions that hinder it. In analyzing the historical contradiction between domination and dialogue, this paper points out its causes, such as calculative ‘instrumental reason’, colonial exclusion of the other, and the asymmetries of power. The current hegemonic US policy aiming for global domination is at odds with the dialogical and collaborative relationships of sovereign nations as equals. The paper argues for the implementation of dialogical relationships within society and in the international arena as well as for the collaboration of peoples, which is necessary to find a solution to social and global problems. The concept of the dialogue of civilisations—asserting a plurality of civilisations—orients us toward the study of intra-civilisational and inter-civilisational relationships, with the aim of fostering dialogue. The enhancement of dialogical relationships is both a condition and an indispensable means of progression toward a more humane, peaceful and just world order.

The Quest for Change: From Domination to Dialogue

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Collective Rights as a Potential Source for Peace, Harmony, and Well-Being in the Global Community

Collective Rights as a Potential Source for Peace, Harmony, and Well-Being in the Global Community

January 25, 2017

This Expert Comment explores how collective rights, peace, harmony, and global well-being require international political commitments to create the necessary conditions to humanise social structures and institutions and enable relational processes to flourish. Scherto Gill reconceptualises collective rights through five social constructionist lenses. Her analysis enables us to develop an innovative conceptual framework where collective rights could be regarded as a source for peace, harmony, and well-being, and could unite global communities in solidarity to pursue a better future for humankind and the planet. As examples, Gill narrates the experiences of five communities and organisations to illustrate that how we understand the nature of collective rights can have a pivotal impact on governments, institutions, and a culture of peace and harmony across the globe.




No US-Russian Rapprochement in Sight

February 16, 2017

Berlin, 15.02.2017. Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Center Moscow, at a lecture organised by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute in Berlin: “Russia’s relationship to Europe will depend upon whether Europe chooses to be a strategic player in the geopolitical arena. If it decides not to play a global role, then it will become less interesting for both Russia and the USA.”

No US-Russian Rapprochement in Sight

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04 April 2017 > Lecture by Dr. Alfred Gusenbauer: "The World at a Crossroads: Decisive Shifts in International Policies"

The international community is currently undergoing a crucial transformation. With events such as Brexit and the election of Trump to the presidency, as well as Europe’s internal crisis, illustrated most notably by its difficulty in dealing with the influx of refugees, 2016 marked a decisive shift in international politics. The consequences of these challenges will shape the global environment in the years ahead in a remarkable, yet unknown way. In his lecture, Dr. Gusenbauer will analyse the possible consequences of these challenges and ask how the new reality we are facing can best be managed. At the same time, he will explore the opportunities which this transformation may paradoxically offer, and ask whether our experience from the past may serve as a guideline for future decisions. Please confirm your participation, via email to: events@doc-research.org or by phone: (030) 2096 7790-0. The lecture will start at 18.00. Admission is only possible upon prior registration.

31 March 2017 > Lecture by Ambassador Dr. Wendelin Ettmayer: “The Diplomatic Revolution in Europe: Repercussions for Transatlantic Relations”

In his lecture, Ambassador Dr. Wendelin Ettmayer will give an account of the development of the European integration process in the field of foreign policy, including its successes and shortcomings. In particular, Ambassador Ettmayer will elaborate on how the objective of diplomacy in Europe changed from maintaining the balance of power, to safeguarding peace and security through cooperation and integration. Against this background, he will discuss the implications of the European project for transatlantic relations. The lecture will take place at the DOC Offices in Berlin on 31st March 2017, at 10 a.m. Attendance is by registration only. Bio Wendelin Ettmayer, Austrian diplomat, politician, and author, was awarded his Doctorate in law at the University of Vienna in 1966. After graduating from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, he entered the Austrian diplomatic service in 1969. Following two years in the Austrian Foreign Ministry and time spent in military service, he was seconded to head the office of Alois Mock, then the deputy leader of the Christian Democratic People’s Party (ÖVP) and later foreign minister. Between 1977 and 1993 Ettmayer was a member of the Austrian National Parliament, deputy chairman of the Audit Committee, and a member of the committees on constitution, internal security, science and education, foreign affairs, and Austrian industries. He served as ambassador to Finland from 1994 to 2000 (with additional accreditation to Estonia), ambassador to Canada between 2000 and 2003 (with additional accreditation to Jamaica), and ambassador to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 2005 to 2008. From 2004 to 2005 Ettmayer held the position of head of department for bilateral and multilateral economic relations in the Austrian Foreign Ministry. Ambassador Ettmayer has published a number of articles and books on Austrian foreign policy, the role of diplomacy, the state of Europe and transatlantic relations. For more information on Amb. Ettmayer’s professional background and publications please visit his website.

27-28 February 2017 > 'Foreign Actors in the Syrian Conflict, 2017'

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) has the honour of announcing a round-table discussion on ‘Foreign Actors in the Syrian Conflict, 2017′, which will take place from 27-28 February 2017 at Französische Straße 23, 10117 Berlin. The round table will examine the dynamics and the positions of external actors involved in the Syrian conflict, including Iran, Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, and European countries. The round table will bring together renowned experts on the Middle East with different national backgrounds, including Mohammad-Reza Raouf-Sheibani, former Iranian Ambassador to Syria and senior expert on the Middle East; Dr. Khalid Abalhassan, Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics, Al-Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University; Dr. Ariel Cohen, President of the Center for Energy, Natural Resources and Geopolitics at the Institute for the Analysis of Global Security; Dr. Agnes Levallois from the Institute for Strategic Studies in France; Dr. Hans Köchler, President of the International Progress Organization; Dr. Vladimir Ahmedov from the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences; and Dr. Alexey Malashenko from the DOC. Round Table Timings: 27th February:  10:00 – 17:30, registration from 09:30 onwards 28th February:  10:00 – 14:30 Please confirm your participation by 22 February 2017, via email to: event@doc-research.org or by phone: (030) 2096 7790-0. Admission is only possible upon prior registration.