Nov 2017

Were there viable alternatives in 1917 and 1929?

Were there viable alternatives in 1917 and 1929?

This roundtable discussion will deal with the question of whether viable alternatives to two crucial events in Russian history were ever present: first, the Russian October Revolution in 1917, which led to the establishment of the communist regime. And second, the rollback ...

Dec 2017

The European Comedy (inspired by Honoré de Balzac)

The European Comedy (inspired by Honoré de Balzac)

The European Comedy (inspired by Honoré de Balzac) A view of the future, featuring: · Robert Eberhardt, publisher, gallery owner, and writer · Sibylle Lewitscharoff, writer · Elke Schmitter, journalist and writer · Simon Strauß, journalist and writer · Haralampi G. Oroschakoff, painter and writer ...

Nov 2017

Between fact and fakery: Information and instability in the South Caucasus  and beyond

Between fact and fakery: Information and instability in the South Caucasus and beyond

In 2012, the Austrian Ministry of Defence and Sports, through its National Defence Academy and the Directorate General for Security Policy, resumed the scientific work done by the PfP Consortium of Defence Academies and Security Studies Institutes in the South ...
Francis Gary Powers Jr shows Bridge of Spies

Francis Gary Powers Jr shows Bridge of Spies

Francis Gary Powers, Jr., son of the legendary U-2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers, and consultant on the production of the Bridge of Spies movie – which centres around the famous spy exchange on Glienicker Bridge near Berlin – ...

Oct 2017

Economic and social development of the Middle East and North Africa: Success or failure?

Economic and social development of the Middle East and North Africa: Success or failure?

In recent 5 years, after the Arab Spring events of 2010 and beyond, civil wars and disarray in Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen undermined economic growth of MENA (Middle East and North Africa) countries. However, for over half a ...
Inequalities, economic models and Russia's October 1917 revolution in historical perspective

Inequalities, economic models and Russia's October 1917 revolution in historical perspective

October 23-24 Utopian socialists believed that socialism is inevitable because it is a more rational system to organise production and life, a system more in line with the 'good' nature of human beings. Marxism rejected this reasoning, replacing it with ...
15th Anniversary Rhodes Forum 2017: Multipolarity and Dialogue in Regional and Global Developments: Imagining Possible Futures

15th Anniversary Rhodes Forum 2017: Multipolarity and Dialogue in Regional and Global Developments: Imagining Possible Futures

It is our pleasure to announce the 15th Anniversary Rhodes Forum, which will take place from 6-7 October 2017  in Rhodes, Greece. Since 2002, the Rhodes Forum has annually gathered between 300 and 600 participants from over 70 countries on ...
“The Impact of Globalisation on Family and Communities”

“The Impact of Globalisation on Family and Communities”

Globalisation has profoundly transformed the world. Changes in the sphere of economics, politics, and society have a great impact on our daily lives. Besides the numerous opportunities that globalisation has brought us, such as increased interconnectedness resulting from advanced communication ...

Sep 2017

DEBATING SECURITY PLUS - The global online brainstorm

DEBATING SECURITY PLUS - The global online brainstorm

Debating Security Plus is a global online brainstorm that aims to yield concrete recommendations. It builds on Friends of Europe‘s experience with other online debates and gathers several thousand experts around the world. The 2017 event will bring together senior ...
Muslim community of Russia: past, present and future

Muslim community of Russia: past, present and future

The history of Islam in Russia is an integral part of history of Russian society and state. It is impossible to understand the past and present of Russia without taking into consideration the role of its Muslim community, that in ...
BUSINESS IN & WITH IRAN: THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE DECADE

BUSINESS IN & WITH IRAN: THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE DECADE

                  BUSINESS IN & WITH IRAN: THE OPPORTUNITY OF THE DECADE New business with Iran was the hype in 2016, after the lifting of international sanctions. One year later, the topic is ...
BOOK PRESENTATION - "Mapping a New World Order, The Rest Beyond the West"

BOOK PRESENTATION - "Mapping a New World Order, The Rest Beyond the West"

BOOK PRESENTATION  "Mapping a New World Order - The Rest Beyond the West" Edited by Vladimir Popov and Piotr Dutkiewicz This book identifies possible factors responsible for the recent rise of many developing countries. It examines how robust these trends actually ...
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