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

Maya Janik

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.

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The need for an Integrated Approach to Social Reform

Maya Janik

Before his afternoon lecture on 26 January 2017 at the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), Fred Harrison, Research Director of the London-based Land Research Trust, held an internal seminar – the first of an ongoing series – with the DOC research team on ‘The need for an Integrated Approach to Social Reform’, in which he shared his ideas on the concept of land rents and social reform. Harrison, who predicted the economic crises of 1992 and 2005, explained that his interest in this topic began while working as a newspaper journalist, when he attended an economics evening class given by a landlord.

NEW YORK CITY - SEPTEMBER 3 2015: Republican candidate for president Donald Trump announced he had signed a pledge not to run as an independent candidate should he fail to win the party's nomination in 2016.

Trump’s “guilt”?

Vladimir Yakunin

The unexpected continuation of the US election campaign that has been playing out came as a real surprise. It had seemed that the vote on 8 November would be decisive. Trump’s victory was in no doubt.


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).

Saint Louis, MO, USA - March 11, 2016: Donald Trump salutes supp

Trump’s Victory: The Elephants Woke Up

Vladimir Yakunin

Some people didn’t believe that Trump was going to win. Others were afraid of his victory. The American election system seemed to be created in such a way that no incident like this could ever happen.

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.

Adding polarities to a unipolar world

Adding Polarities to a Unipolar World

Vladimir Yakunin

My generation grew up in the shadow of World War II; we came of age and built our careers amid the all-pervasive tension and mutual suspicion of the Cold War. When the Berlin Wall came down, it felt like a new era, with considerable new opportunities.

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.