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.

Keynote Speakers

PROGRAMME

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

Strategic Panel 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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Renaud Girard
Renaud Girard
Joschka-Fischer
Joschka Fischer
miguel-moratinos
Miguel Ángel Moratinos
12:00–12:45

Press Conference

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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Alexey Malashenko
Ehud Olmert
Bakhtiar Amin
Bakhtiar Amin
Robin Wright
Robin Wright
Ariel Cohen
Ariel Cohen
Muzaffar Olimov
Muzaffar Olimov
14:00 – 15:00

Lunch

Panel 2. “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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Sergey-Markedonov
Sergey Markedonov
gunter-verheugen
Günter Verheugen (TBC)
Peter W. Schulze
Peter W. Schulze
Winfried_Veit
Winfried Veit
Richard Sakwa
Richard Sakwa
Adrian Pabst
Adrian Pabst
Alexey Gromyko
Alexey Gromyko

Panel 3. “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

Panel 4. “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
20:00–21:00

Dinner

Leaders Club Meeting “Infrastructure Development in Emerging Economies to Boost International Cooperation”

(by invitation only) Global economic uncertainty has dominated the post-crisis decade and sparked the appearance of new approaches and measurements in social and economic development. Banks, industries, governments, and societies...
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Joschka-Fischer
Joschka Fischer
gunter-verheugen
Günter Verheugen (TBC)
Justin Yifu Lin
Justin Yifu Lin
Walter Schwimmer
Vera-Songwev
Vera Songwe
Ehud Olmert
SHAN LI
Shan Li
Vladimir Yakunin

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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Faure Essozimna GNASSINGBE
Faure Gnassingbé
Dioncounda Traoré
Vera-Songwev
Vera Songwe
Mikhail Bogdanov
Mikhail Bogdanov
Jean-Yves Ollivier
Jean-Yves Ollivier
Achille Mbembe
Achille Mbembe
Zyad Limam
Zyad Limam
12:30 – 13:30

Lunch

Panel 5. “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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Dimitris Psarrakis
Dimitris Psarrakis
Ji Deqiang
Tim Dunlop
David Gorodyansky
David Gorodyansky
Jens Wendland
Jens Wendland
Rob-van-Kranenburg
Rob van Kranenburg

Panel 6. “The Cultivation of Humanity as an Unfinished Project: Dialogue Among Civilisations”

Throughout our history, the need to define and contextualise the self, our selves, and our communities has been fundamental to the development of philosophy, religion, and spirituality. The subjectivity that...
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Gholamreza Aavani
Gholamreza Aavani (TBC)
Vladimir Yakunin
Fred Dallmayr
Fred Dallmayr
Jiahong Chen
Jiahong Chen
Walter Mignolo
Walter Mignolo (TBC)
Ashis Nandy (TBC)

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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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