Rhodes Forum 2017: Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute reflects on its future


The priorities of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) were discussed during the final panel – ‘Reflections of a Think Tank’ – of the 15th Rhodes Forum, which took place from 6 to 7 October,

Alexey Malashenko, Chief Researcher and expert on Islam, mentioned that just as analysing the DOC’s past and present productivity are important, forecasting for the future is also vital.

Vladimir Popov, Research Director in Economics & Political Science, warned that the reversal of the trend in most countries towards the decline in income inequalities over the last three decades has created favourable grounds for the rise of nationalist and anti-globalisation feelings. When globalisation is properly managed, it is good for growth and income distribution and does not lead to ethno-populism and nationalism. But if it is accompanied by a decline in real incomes for a large mass of people, nationalist political forces gain additional arguments for instigating anti-globalisation and isolationist sentiments. The rise in income inequalities within major countries since the 1980s poses a threat not only to social stability but also to globalisation and the growth of the world economy.

Such issues are interconnected and will accentuate global migration flows. Challenges and opportunities need to be evaluated on a daily basis, and models for the integration of migrants need to be developed accordingly.

The issue of migration is definitely something that Raffaele Marchetti, Assistant Professor in International Relations at the Faculty of Political Science and the School of Government of LUISS, viewed as a major topic for the DOC Research Institute. In cooperation with the DOC, he launched the World Politics and Dialogue of Civilizations series – this first issue of which is Debating Migration to Europe – shortly before the Rhodes Forum.

This year’s Rhodes Forum attracted more than 300 participants from 30 countries. The scientific conclusions will be released soon and published on the DOC Research Institute website.