East and West: Bridging the Postmodern Identity Gap

How are specific cultural and political identities undermined by globalisation? How might they survive and flourish in the context of globalisation? How do people’s civilisational identities threaten or contest the development and articulation of UN values, and vice versa?  (‘UN values’ refers to the values enshrined in the 1948 UN Declaration of Human Rights and the 1966 Covenant on Civil and Political Rights).

Proposals should consider:

  • the civilisational, social, religious, and cultural dimensions of international relations within and across nations and states;
  • the commonalities and differences between civilisations and cultures in the East and the West, and how these can support mutual understanding, respect, and concrete cooperation;
  • how to mobilise civilisations and cultures to serve the causes of peace and justice (e.g., using cultural and civilisational resources to improve conflict mediation and resolution; developing models of international order that reflect civilisations and cultures alongside nations and states).


DOC Rhodes FORUM 2016 September 30 - October 1: Vaclav Klaus

A Non-Memo from Rhodes

Václav Klaus

At the very same “Dialogue of Civilizations” conference, in the same place (in wonderful and historical Rhodes), at the same hotel, in the same room, and in the same sunny weather – but two weeks earlier, so it was a little warmer outside, and with the same structured programme of the conference, but with a slightly altered roster of participants, I had the feeling that I’d already written everything the previous year and that this year I wouldn’t be writing a travelogue. But on the flight home I changed my mind. This time everything was the same but somehow not.

Terrorism knows neither East nor West

Terrorism knows neither East nor West

Ghoncheh Tazmini

Just days after the deadly attacks in Nice and Munich, Kabul fell victim to deadly explosions killing and injuring scores of Afghanistan’s Shi’a Hazara minority with ISIS claiming responsibility.

Сoup in Turkey

The Failed Coup in Turkey and the Crucial Aftermath

Richard A. Falk

On July 15th a coup was attempted in Turkey, and seemed for a few hours to be on the verge of success, at one point its leaders proclaimed martial law, claimed control by way of TV, imposed a curfew, and indicated that a Council of Peace would henceforth be the governing body of the country.

TEHRAN, IRAN - OCTOBER 4, 2015: Light Concert entitled Gate of Words projected on Azadi Monument. The Light Show was designed by Philipp Geist exclusively for this landmark of Tehran.

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN on Lifting Sanctions

Gholamali Khoshroo

In the Name of God. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) which took effect on 16 January 2016, following a joint statement delivered by Iran’ Foreign Minister, Dr. Javad Zarif, and the EU Foreign Policy High Representative, Ms. Mogherini, in Vienna, is the result of a series of extensive and collective efforts that sought, for more than two years, to give diplomacy a chance and end resort to pressure, coercion and threat.