Rhodes Forum 2018 special guest

Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE

Faure Gnassingbé, President of Togo

The President Faure Gnassingbé, who currently chairs the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), welcomed the relevance of the themes selected for the 16th Dialogue of Civilizations Rhodes Forum and especially the summit devoted to Africa in its irreversible quest for harmonious development.

H.E. Mr. Faure Gnassingbé will in particular take part in a focal event of this year’s forum – the Africa Summit, titled “Engaging Africa in Dialogue: Towards a harmonious development of the continent”, which will take place on October 6, 2018 in the form of a high-level panel dedicated to the development of the African continent and its relations with the rest of the world.

There’s no doubt that the quality of the expected participants coupled with the DOC experience in organizing such events will contribute to the success of the work of the 16th Dialogue of Civilizations Rhodes Forum for mutual understanding between the people of different cultures and an inclusive development of the planet”, he also stated.

Special Guests

PROGRAMME

5-6 October 2018
Day 1
05 Oct 2018
Day 2
06 Oct 2018

Welcome Addresses

George Chatzimarkos
Vladimir Yakunin

Opening Plenary Session: “Making Multilateralism Work: Enhancing Dialogue on Peace, Security, and Development”

After centuries of collective effort, the world is finally entering an age of multilateralism where dialogue is the most efficient and, perhaps, indispensable way of easing tensions and preventing major...
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Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE
Faure Gnassingbé
Georgios Katrougalos
Renaud Girard
Renaud Girard
Justin Yifu Lin
Justin Yifu Lin
Joschka-Fischer
Joschka Fischer
Mikhail Bogdanov
Mikhail Bogdanov
Vera-Songwev
Vera Songwe
11:30–12:00

Group photo & Coffee Break

Keynote Speech

RENAUD GIRARD International columnist, Le Figaro
Renaud Girard
Renaud Girard
13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

Panel 1. “The Middle Eastern Paradigm of Conflict: Only One Solution is Impossible”

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is witnessing the simultaneous development of several differing conflicts, with a number of external actors involved. In Syria, perhaps the most visible...
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Eylon Levy
Frank Melloul
Bakhtiar Amin
Bakhtiar Amin
Robin Wright
Robin Wright
Ehud Olmert
Alexey Malashenko
Ariel Cohen
Ariel Cohen
Muzaffar Olimov
Muzaffar Olimov

Round-table #1. “From Deadlock to Solutions: Towards a Comprehensive Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Peace and Security Order”

These are turbulent times. As the former German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier noted:  the ‘world is in disarray’. This is symptomatic of a world in rapid transition. However, it...
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Mary Dejevsky
Adrian Pabst
Adrian Pabst
Sergey-Markedonov
Sergey Markedonov
Peter W. Schulze
Peter W. Schulze
Winfried_Veit
Winfried Veit
Richard Sakwa
Richard Sakwa
Alexey Gromyko
Alexey Gromyko

Panel 2. “Economic Inequality and Democracy: Are They Compatible?”

It is usually contemplated that income inequalities give rise to the option of redistribution, which may be more attractive to the majority of the electorate than the option of promoting...
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Justin Yifu Lin
Justin Yifu Lin
Andranik Migranyan
Andranik Migranyan
James K. Galbraith
James K. Galbraith
Vladimir Popov
Vladimir Popov
jack_goldstone
Jack A. Goldstone

Round-table #2. Multipolarity and Dialogue: Experiences and Strategies from the Private Sector and Civil Society

We live in a multipolar world. The resolution of the most pressing issues – global warming, poverty, hunger, mass migration, and religious extremism – will undoubtedly require cooperation between global...
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Andreas Knaul
Scherto Gill
Kader Kaneye
Maxim Mikhalev
Jean-Christophe-Bas
Jean-Christophe Bas
Holger Heims
Ruben Vardanyan
Walter Schwimmer

Leaders Club Meeting

(by invitation only)

Summit on Africa “Engaging Africa in Dialogue: Towards a Harmonious Development of the Continent”

The African Union’s vision of an ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena’ is far from being realised. The success...
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Jean-Yves Ollivier
Jean-Yves Ollivier
Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE
Faure Gnassingbé
Mikhail Bogdanov
Mikhail Bogdanov
Samia Nkrumah
Samia Nkrumah
Dioncounda Traoré
Dimitris Avramopoulos
Dimitris Avramopoulos
Achille Mbembe
Achille Mbembe
Zyad Limam
Zyad Limam
13:00 – 14:30

Lunch

Panel 3. “Digital Future of Humanity: Impact of Technological Progress on Economy, Cyber Security and Social Values”

The globalizing world is characterized by progress of new technologies that have strong impact on jobs, life conditions, communication and security systems and ethical standards. Advancement within Internet of Things,...
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Sophie Hackford
Rob-van-Kranenburg
Rob van Kranenburg
Kyriakos Pierrakakis
Kyriakos Pierrakakis
Dimitris Psarrakis
Dimitris Psarrakis
Ji Deqiang
Tim Dunlop
Jens Wendland
Jens Wendland

Round-table #3. “Hegemonies and Counter-hegemonies: the New Global Distribution of Power and Influence”

The world is changing and changing fast. We already did enter a structural crisis of the global governance. In response key state and non-state actors are developing new strategies to...
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Jan Aart Scholte
Jan Aart Scholte
Piotr Dutkiewitz
Piotr Dutkiewicz
Adrian Pabst
Adrian Pabst
Tom Casier

Keynote Speech

DIMITRIS AVRAMOPOULOS, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship
Dimitris Avramopoulos
Dimitris Avramopoulos

Closing Plenary Session. Humanity in a High-Tech World, to Thrive or Survive

Concept Note The personal experience of being human in a world increasingly dominated by Emerging technologies is the defining new challenge of our age. Created by humans, technology has already...
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Scherto Gill
Sophie Hackford
Rob-van-Kranenburg
Rob van Kranenburg
Vladimir Yakunin
Achille Mbembe
Achille Mbembe

Openness / Peacebuilding / Solidarity / Cooperation / Analysis / Forecasts

The Rhodes Forum has long been a platform for perspectives beyond the realms of general debate, and has built a reputation for astutely identifying and providing insight into future areas of tension and conflict. Taking place on the beautiful and historic Greek Island of Rhodes, the forum also offers attendees the unique opportunity to network with influential peers including distinguished current and former heads of state. The Rhodes Forum a truly unmissable event for those who wish to be part of the leading edge debate for our future.
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The Organizer

The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC Research Institute) is a think tank that researches and develops proposals that address the key challenges faced by the international community. DOC Research Institute carries out research into the causes of tension and identifies opportunities for conflict resolution. Its relevance is rooted both in the policy development proposals it puts forward, and in its ongoing engagement with a wide range of international experts.

DOC Research Institute provides an independent forum enabling 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. Events held include the publication of analytical Reports, the organisation of round-tables and conferences, and the provision of expert commentary and analysis from our international network of reputed academics and sectoral experts. Organization is headquartered in Berlin, Germany and has also offices in Vienna, Austria and Moscow, Russia.

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Rhodes Forum Policy Recommendations

Based on research conducted by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute and contributions made by panellists and moderators during the 2017 Rhodes Forum, the DOC suggests the following policy recommendations for further development and proposal to the relevant entities.

Though not exhaustive in scope, we believe these suggestions provide a concrete starting point for future policy analysis and development.

Read moreArticles at Rhodes Forum 2017 Overview

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