XV Anniversary Rhodes Forum

WHERE
Sheraton Rhodes Resort
Ialyssos Avenue, Ixia, Rhodes 851 00, Greece
WHEN
Friday to Saturday
October 6 to 7, 2017

ABOUT RHODES FORUM 2017

It is our pleasure to announce the 15th Anniversary Rhodes Forum, which will take place from 6-7 October 2017 in Rhodes, Greece

For 15 years Dialogue of Civilizations has been at the forefront of research into dialogue-based solutions to the problems we face. Today, momentum is building around dialogue as a way of effecting real change in how we view economic growth and societal development. Be part of this dynamic debate – join us at the 15th Rhodes Forum.

The Rhodes Forum has convened each year since 2002, gathering between 300 and 600 participants annually from over 70 countries. Throughout its history, its hallmark has been the pioneering spirit, inclusiveness, and moral resilience of its participants in their work to tackle the problems we face.

The Rhodes Forum provides a platform for prominent business people, policy-makers, and scholars to engage in wide-ranging debate on the most pressing issues on the international agenda

This year’s Rhodes Forum will comprise overarching themes through which participants will explore social, economic, and political issues. In addition, two focal events will be the Summit on Globalisation and the Future of Democracy, and the Summit on Global Infrastructure Development Scenarios: Where the Interests of Banks, Industries, Governments, and Societies Meet, in which thought leaders from civil society, politics, and the business community will come together to discuss concepts, problems, and solutions to key questions.

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SPEAKERS

Senior officials, members of the international academic community and business elite, representatives of international non-governmental organisations, diplomats, experts from various fields from all over the world.
Valdas Adamkus (TBC)

Valdas Adamkus (TBC)

President of Lithuania (1998 - 2003, 2004 - 2009)
Dominique de Villepin (TBC)

Dominique de Villepin (TBC)

Prime Minister of France (2005 - 2007), Founder of Villepin International
Vladimir Yakunin

Vladimir Yakunin

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, DOC Research Institute, Head of the State Governance Department, Faculty of Political Sciences, Moscow State Lomonosov University
Hao Ping

Hao Ping

Professor, Chairman of Peking University Council
Vaclav Klaus

Vaclav Klaus

Founder of the Václav Klaus Institute, President of Czech Republic (2003-2013)

Hubert Védrine (TBC)

Hubert Védrine (TBC)

Minister of foreign affairs of France (1997-2002), Founding Partner of Hubert Védrine Conseil
Yu Keping

Yu Keping

Dean of the School of Government, Peking University, Director of the Research Center for Chinese Politics, Peking University
Walter Schwimmer

Walter Schwimmer

Secretary General of the Council of Europe (2004-2009), Co-Founder of the DOC Research Institute
Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour

Seyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour

Deputy Foreign Minister; President of the Institute for Political and International Studies of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (IPIS)
Rob van Kranenburg

Rob van Kranenburg

Co-Founder of Bricolabs and the Founder of Council, largest independent #IoT Thinktank

Eva Kaili

Eva Kaili

Member of the European Parliament for Greece, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Jan Figel

Jan Figel

Special Envoy for the Promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief Outside the European Union, European Commission; European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth (2007-2009); European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Multilingualism (2004-2007)
David Gorodyansky

David Gorodyansky

CEO & Co-Founder of AnchorFree, Inc.
Wolfgang Pinegger

Wolfgang Pinegger

Owner and CEO of GloBra FZ - LLC
Spiros Margaris

Spiros Margaris

Venture Capitalist and Founder of Margaris Advisory

Brunson Mckinley

Brunson Mckinley

Former Director General, International Organization for Migration
Anne-Marie Buschman-Petit

Anne-Marie Buschman-Petit

Co-Chair, Association for International Mobility (Switzerland)
Anatol Lieven

Anatol Lieven

Professor at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Qatar
Demetrios Papademetriou

Demetrios Papademetriou

Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI)
Catherine Walsh

Catherine Walsh

Senior Professor; Director of the Doctoral Program, Latin American Cultural Studies

Franck Billé

Franck Billé

Institute of East Asian Studies University of California, Berkeley
Hans Köchler

Hans Köchler

President of the International Progress Organization
Sergey Markedonov

Sergey Markedonov

Associate Professor at Russian State University for the Humanities Russian International Affairs Council
Piotr Dutkiewicz

Piotr Dutkiewicz

Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Governance and Public Policy at Carleton University
Alfred Gusenbauer

Alfred Gusenbauer

Federal Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008)

Kumiko Haba

Kumiko Haba

Professor at Aoyama Gakuin University, Vice President of the International Studies Association
Georgios Chatzimarkos

Georgios Chatzimarkos

Governor of the South Aegean Region
H.E. Cyril Kogerakis

H.E. Cyril Kogerakis

Metropolitan of Rhodes
Fotios Chatzidiakos

Fotios Chatzidiakos

Mayor of Rhodes
Fred Harrison

Fred Harrison

Executive Director, Land Research Trust, London

Manuel Montes

Manuel Montes

Senior Advisor on Finance and Development at the South Centre in Geneva
Vladimir Popov

Vladimir Popov

Research Director in Economics & Political sciences, DOC Research Institute
Jayshree Sengupta

Jayshree Sengupta

Senior Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (India)
Holger Heims

Holger Heims

Managing Partner, Falcon Group (Switzerland)
Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Former UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development

Wang Wen

Wang Wen

Executive Dean, Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University of China
Daisuke Kotegawa

Daisuke Kotegawa

Former Director to IMF from Japan
Natalia Yakunina

Natalia Yakunina

Chairman, Board of Trustees, “Sanctity of Motherhood” All-Russian Program (Russia)
Jean-Christophe Bas

Jean-Christophe Bas

Founder and President, The Global Compass
Brian Brown

Brian Brown

President, World Congress of Families

Fred Dallmayr

Fred Dallmayr

Packey J. Dee Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Notre Dame
Walter Mignolo

Walter Mignolo

Director, Center for Global Studies and the Humanities, Duke University
Raffaele Marchetti

Raffaele Marchetti

Senior Assistant Professor, Joint Appointment at the Dept. of Political Science and the School of Government, LUISS University
Irina Nikitina

Irina Nikitina

President of the Musical Olympus Foundation in Saint Petersburg
Peter W. Schulze

Peter W. Schulze

Co-founder of the Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute, Professor, Political Science Department, Georg-August University of Gőttingen

Richard Sakwa

Richard Sakwa

Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent
Adrian Pabst

Adrian Pabst

Reader in Politics and Director of the Centre for Federal Studies, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent, UK
Alexey Gromyko

Alexey Gromyko

Professor, Director of the Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences
Alexander Dubowy

Alexander Dubowy

Coordinator, Research Centre for Eurasian Studies; Fellow, Center of Polemology and Legal Ethics at Faculty of Law, University of Vienna
Djoomart Otorbaev

Djoomart Otorbaev

Senior Advisor, EBRD; Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic (2002 - 2005)

Ruben Vardanyan

Ruben Vardanyan

Social entrepreneur and impact investor, President of LLC VARDANYAN, BROITMAN AND PARTNERS, Co-Founder of RVVZ Foundation
Vicky Kefala

Vicky Kefala

Investment Committee Member, European Fund for Strategic Investments, European Investment Bank

PROGRAMME & SCHEDULE

Our Forum is evolving. The upcoming Rhodes Forum will have a packed agenda and a tighter schedule.
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  • Day 1

    Oct 6, 2017

  • 09:00 - 09:30

  • 09:30 - 11:00
    The 15th Anniversary Rhodes Forum provides time and space for reflections on the achievements and challenges of the Dialogue of Civilisations Paradigm in the current global environment. The panel’s work is aimed at discussing the possible scenarios that humanity should work towards in order to achieve a sustainable, peaceful, and balanced state of world affairs in future. The Rhodes Forum has proved to be an unbiased platform that enables people around the world to work together through the fundamental principles of dialogue, to develop applicable analyses and practical solutions for national and international policy-makers and institutions. The Rhodes Forum stands firmly by the idea that open, mutually respectful, and equitable dialogue will be the fundamental prerequisite for effective cooperation and partnership between civilisations for years to come.

  • 11:00 - 12:30
    Concept Note: The global financial crisis of 2008 has clearly shown that existing economic models fall short of expectations, while slow, non-inclusive economic growth and the decline of global trade demonstrate that self-regulated open markets haven’t become the growth engine for economies that were expected. At the same time, existing models of global governance fail to provide vision for an inclusive future. In connection with the lack of inclusive internal policies, populist parties increasingly gain political influence. The summit engages prominent thought leaders, representing society, politics, and business community, in developing mechanisms and approaches that could lay foundations for a new model of solidarity based on dialogue, which would offer paths toward inclusive economic development and profoundly new forms of global governance worldwide. In this way, popular unrest and dissatisfaction could be diminished and the future of democratic systems could be sustained.
    Political

  • 14:30 - 16:30
    Society

  • 14:30 - 16:30
    Concept Note: As conflicts between major powers pose an increasing risk to political stability and global security, concepts involving geopolitical pluralism and global governance are becoming an ever more vital cornerstone of the global security architecture. The world is being pushed to the brink of new armed confrontations, and the memory of World War Two, as well as other major twentieth century conflicts, leads the world community to raise its voice against the mere possibility of a new global war. Possible concepts enabling better cooperation between major powers and other crucial stakeholders in common global and regional security shall be highlighted during this panel. Its participants will focus on ongoing and potential conflicts, and will particularly deal with strategies and approaches for overcoming tensions, for example, in the Middle East, and mitigating the risks of possible confrontation, for example, in Eastern Europe, as well as identifying possible terrorist threats worldwide and developing new peacemaking solutions.
    Political

  • 14:30 - 16:30
    Concept Note: New technologies and the digital economy are able to foster the economic development of both developing and developed countries, by increasing productivity and removing barriers to entry. Nevertheless, without global collaboration and government involvement, the digital economy could aggravate existing social problems and increase the gap between developing and developed regions, and urban and suburban areas. The benefits of new communication technologies and the digital economy are not equally shared (the so-called digital divide) and are mostly enjoyed by those living in tech-friendly urban areas. In the coming years, this divide could be sharpened, and opportunities to move up the income ladder and improve productivity will be strongly connected with the access and the ability to make good use of digital infrastructure. This panel will make steps forward with discussions of the digital economy and new technologies, with a focus on particular sectors of society. The panelists will debate the role and value of the digital economy in providing strong foundations for dialogue, governance, and commerce, as well as its possible impacts on society.
    Economic

  • 19:30 - 20:30

  • Day 2

    Oct 7, 2017

  • 10:00 - 12:00
    Concept Note: The unipolar world order is gradually evolving into a multipolar world order. As many globalised conflicts may be traced back to internal conflicts, it is crucial to address questions of political and economic discrimination, and other forms of exclusion, and to find a suitable solution that prevents conflicts emerging in the first place. Building a multipolar world order has the potential to prevent conflicts without the domination of one single hegemonic power, and has the potential to bring about sustainable peace. This panel is devoted to the question how this multipolar world order may look and how it can be achieved. In addition, in a globalised world, sustainable development and security go hand in hand, as the effects of environmental destruction have the potential to cause conflicts over scarce resources. Moreover, these conflicts could lead to forced migration, which in turn could destabilise regions or countries of destination. Another way to address the security challenges the world is facing today is to focus on internal policies and security.
    Political

  • 10:00 - 12:00
    Concept Note: The issues of poverty, social injustice and economic imbalance between the developing countries and the rest of the world, the frustrations of wide sections of the world’s population will continue to fuel destructive political and social emotions, unless a viable and lucid alternative economic model, capable of curbing inequalities, will be negotiated, designed and introduced. The standard metrics, such as GDP and overall economic growth, don’t fully reflect the quality of living; a broader range of indicators including the quality of education and infrastructural development should be taken into account to get the full picture of the economic development, as in fact these indicators have greater impact on the quality of living. Domestic inequalities are on the rise both in countries of the Global South and North; it could be taken as a reason for the rise of populistic parties in recent years and could be regarded as hampering economic growth. The panel aims to address non-mainstream economic models and approaches that are able to foster an inclusive and sustainable development.
    Economic

  • 10:00 - 12:00
    Concept Note: The human society seems to be lost in titanic changes of contemporary world. The process of globalisation without dialogue may increase the probability of a uniformity and degradation of core civilisational values. The reaction to this alarming trend is identified by public requests to reassert the importance of national cultures, traditions, and value systems. There is a need to formulate a new set of universal values, based on principles of dialogue, that include traditional family values, compassion, social unity, individual rights along with individual responsibilities. This new approach could fix problems of mutual enmity, which often occur due to a severe lack of knowledge about other cultures and nations. Dialogue should become the alternative universal platform to avoid clash of civilizations, and should be applied to all spheres of human activity. The panel will discuss the definition of contemporary human identity crisis at the period of transaction from modern to postmodern era, degradation of Humanity and rise of new barbarism and awareness of the danger for social manipulations with usage of highly sophisticated IT instruments.
    Society

  • 12:10 - 13:10
    Concept Note: This panel will explore the most ambitious current projects for reaching regional cooperation agreements on economic, political, and governance issues. Its participants will take advantage of the economic cooperation projects between the United States, European Union, Russia, China, and Asia, like the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the One Belt – One Road (OBOR) initiative. The focus of this panel should also be to explore possibilities for how Public Private Partnerships (PPP) can contribute to the infrastructure development goals of the aforementioned countries, as well as bringing together the interests of banks, industries, governments, and societies.
    Economic
    Political
    Society

  • 15:15 - 17:15


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VENUE LOCATION

Sheraton Rhodes Resort
Ialyssos Avenue, Ixia, Rhodes 851 00, Greece

Sheraton Rhodes Resort is within a few minutes’ drive of the island’s most famous sights and attractions. The Old Town, Palace of the Knights and the Acropolis are only 4 kilometers from the resort and 18 minutes by car from the airport.

Sheraton Rhodes Resort

Ialyssos Avenue, Ixia, Rhodes 851 00, Greece

Sheraton Rhodes Resort is within a few minutes’ drive of the island’s most famous sights and attractions. The Old Town, Palace of the Knights and the Acropolis are only 4 kilometers from the resort and18 minutes by car from the airport.

Classic room

Classic room

Spacious bedroom, featuring the "Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed", marble bathroom, private furnished balcony with garden view, option of twin beds or a king-size bed, interconnecting rooms available upon request.
Rate
From €90 per night
Deluxe Sea View Room

Deluxe Sea View Room

Spacious bedroom, featuring the "Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed", marble bathroom, private furnished balcony with spectacular sea view, location on upper floors, option of twin beds or a king-size bed, interconnecting rooms available upon request.
Rate
From €130 per night
Junior Suite

Junior Suite

In the open-plan Junior Suite, enjoy the spacious and welcoming living area, flat screen LCD 32” television, marble bathroom, private furnished balcony and your private coffee & tea facilities.
Rate
From €210 per night
Aegean Suite

Aegean Suite

The Aegean suite at the Sheraton Rhodes Resort: suite with separate living room, marble bathroom, 2 flat screen TVs, private furnished balcony and your private coffee & tea facilities.
Rate
From €260 per night

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