Life Space for Humanity: Protecting the Humane in Human Beings

How are the different family systems and structures of different civilisations related to social cohesion and economic development? How can these systems create the life space necessary for human flourishing?

Proposals should consider:

  • the civilisational and anthropological foundations of the family and its importance in social systems;
  • alternative family structures and how these might help or hinder development;
  • how different civilisations can work together to strengthen family and social life, including practical policy recommendations;
  • the cultural and civilisational foundations of the resilience of different nations and cultures as well as their vulnerability.



The Assassination of Russia’s Ambassador and Berlin’s Terrorist Attack - What Do They Have in Common?

Alexey Malashenko

On the evening of 19 December, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey, Andrey Karlov, was shot dead in Ankara. A few minutes later, on the same day, a lorry ploughed into a Christmas Market on Berlin’s Kurfürstendamm Avenue, crushing 12 people and injuring 50 others, according to preliminary reports. The terrorist in Ankara shouted, “Don’t forget Aleppo! Don’t forget Syria!” Berlin’s barbarian killed silently. The Ankara killer was 22 years old, Berlin’s was 23. The latter was from Tunisia; he killed the original driver and stole the truck. No one has yet claimed responsibility for Turkey’s terrorist attack. ISIS has claimed responsibility for Berlin’s (frankly, I do not believe this claim; ISIS wants to be part of every terrorist act, as it terribly wants to be feared).

MILAN ITALY - NOVEMBER 21: The Muslim Community demonstrates against every kind of terrorism in the name of Islamic religion on NOVEMBER 21 2015 in Milan.

Religions Against Terrorism

Walter Schwimmer

A Paper by Dr Walter Schwimmer, Co-Chairman of the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (1999-2004), delivered at the “Religions Against Terrorism” International Conference in Astana, Kazakhstan, on 31 May 2016.

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Dialogue Index: a Complex System for Politics

Vladimir Maliavin, Dmitry Andreev

An Introductory Essay to “Dialogue Index” – the World Public Forum’s new project By Vladimir Maliavin and Dmitry Andreev specially for Our simple credo: human communication should not repress humans, it must liberate them, i.e. reveal the full potential or, to be more precise, the generic fullness of every person’s being. It must be the meeting of souls, the encounter of minds. The participants of communication do not and should not determine or in any other way preconceive and arrange its conditions; on the contrary, communicativity as an internal limit of communication presets the latter’s conditions and its very meaning. This communicativity is articulated through and by the ritual – the genuine basis of human sociality.