Global (dis)order: Towards dialogue-based worldviews


11-12 October 2019
Rhodes, Greece

ADD TO CALENDAR 11/10/2019 08:00 AM 12/10/2019 10:00 PM Europe/Berlin XVII RHODES FORUM Description of the event Rodos Palace Hotel, Rhodes, Greece 1440
Since 2003 the Rhodes Forum has brought together leaders from the business, academic, diplomatic and political communities, including current and former heads of state and government, to discuss crucial issues facing the world today. 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.

300+ Participants from 50+ countries around the Globe.
Discussions on the most pressing issues of the international agenda.
Networking and brainstorm platform for finding the solutions.
Senior policy makers, respected academics and researchers, top media.

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In 2019, the Forum seeks to build on its rich history and continues to look at critical issues to global development from economic, political and social perspectives. As always, it focuses on the development of applicable solutions founded in shared core values of equality, mutual respect, and compassion.

2-day ticket

  • Attendance at all plenary and panel sessions on both conference days (11th and 12th October).
  • Lunch and coffee break refreshments on the day of attendance.
  • Attendance at opening ceremony/closing reception.
  • Exclusive conference documents.
  • Special accommodation rate at the conference venue, the Rodos Palace Hotel.

    *Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the conference fee.

1-day ticket

  • Attendance at all plenary and panel sessions on the conference day of your choosing (either 11th or 12th October).
  • Lunch and coffee break refreshments on day of attendance.
  • Attendance at either opening ceremony or closing reception (including dinner).
  • Exclusive conference documents.
  • Special accommodation rate at the conference venue, the Rodos Palace Hotel.

    *Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the conference fee.

Student ticket

  • Attendance at all plenary and panel sessions at the conference.
  • Lunch and coffee break refreshments.
  • Exclusive conference documents.
  • Special accommodation rate at the conference venue, the Rodos Palace Hotel.

    *Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the conference fee.

    *Upon registration, we will request proof of your student status (via student identity card) to confirm your eligibility for the discounted ticket.

Rhodes Forum speakers


Dialogue is a non-confrontational communication, where both partners are willing to learn from the other and therefore leads much farther into finding new grounds together.I had the honor and the privilege to participate in the 15th edition of the Rhodes Forum last October and it made me triply happy. First, the Forum allowed me to enrich myself from the exchanges of very high level with the participants of proven expertise. Then, I appreciated the interpersonal skills and professionalism of the DOC Research Institute’s team. Finally, island of splendor and culture, Rhodes conquered me. The Rhodes Forum is both a dynamic and a spirit to be preservedDioncounda Traoré, President of Mali (2012-2013)
Dialogue of Civilizations’ Rhodes Forum is a great opportunity to enhance collective thinking on multilateral issues and solutions to the major challenges of our time.Dominique de Villepin, prime minister of France (2005-2007)
Vladimir Yakunin
We matured from altruists to very sustainable platform for trying to find a way to avoid clash of civilisations and introduce the paradigm of dialogue.Vladimir Yakunin, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, DOC Research Institute
Problems now have no borders, we have to find solutions together. This (Forum) is something that is global.Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament for Greece, Chair of the Delegation for relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Rhodes Forum has massive amount of most interesting people that we can find on a planet. Big hand and applause for Rhodes team for bringing people here and put them together.Rob van Kranenburg, Co-Founder of Bricolabs and the Founder of Council, largest independent #IoT Thinktank
I loved Rhodes Forum, it was extremely informative, I can really say that. Spiros Margaris, Venture Capitalist and Founder of Margaris Advisory
I appreciate organisations such as the Rhodes Forum for stepping in to fill the gap, with programmes that promote understanding, unity, and equality. Advocacy by the Rhodes Forum and similar organisations is exceedingly important because they provide neutral platforms for advice on global issues.Goodluck Jonathan, president of Nigeria (2010-2015)
Alfred Gusenbauer Federal Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008)
We are searching all around the world for some
sort of intermediary forces that could bring people
together to start the dialogue and to discuss
substantial issues that are the underlying causes
for the conflicts that we are in right now. That is
the role of the Rhodes Forum.Alfred Gusenbauer, Federal Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008)
Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg
It takes a lot of courage to come up with
thoughts and this is what this Forum is all about:
to challenge existing structures and to challenge
things that seem to be carved in stone.Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg,Federal Minister for Economics and Technology (2009), Federal Minister of Defence (2009-2011) of Germany
Vaclav Klaus
It makes sense to go to the Rhodes Forum. You
understand a number of things there, see them
in a different light, from a different angle. This
motivates you to look for and formulate new
answers.Vaclav Klaus, President of the Czech Republic (2003-2013),
Founder of the Václav Klaus Institute
Gholamali Khoshroo
We should enrich our diversity and we should
celebrate our diversity, and at the same time find a
way how to understand each other. This forum has
played a crucial role the last years how to bridge
the gap among different cultures, different ideas,
different religions.Gholamali Khoshroo, Deputy foreign minister for legal and International Affairs
of the Islamic Republic of Iran (2002-2005)
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. (Credit: Golden Brown/Bigstock)
The Forum made weighty contribution to the
development of inter-civilisation communication,
strengthening trust and mutual understanding
between peoples. The Rhodes forum has become
an authoritative discussion floor for consideration
of urgent problems of evolution and interaction of
civilisations.Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia
Matthias Platzeck
My colleagues told me about important
ideas this Forum generates for the global
community. I read the outcomes of previous
Rhodes Forums and am excited to see how
dignitaries representing different cultures
and civilizations in this great Mediterranean
atmosphere will discuss pressing global issues.Matthias Platzeck, Minister President of Brandenburg (2002-2013),
chairman of the Social Democratic Party (2005-2006)
Armen Sarkissian
I am very impressed with the openness and the
real dialogue at the Rhodes Forum. I learned a lot
here.Armen Sarkissian, Prime Minister of Armenia (1996-1997),
ambassador of Armenia to United Kingdom
After 15 annual Rhodes Forums the name of this
beautiful island has not only come to represent an
inspiring event, but also a community, a movement
seeking to change the world for the better. This
movement is open to anyone who believes in the
power of dialogue.Walter Schwimmer, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (2004-2009),
co-founder of the DOC Research Institute
Milos Zeman
For me, the Rhodes Forum is a very refreshing
place where I can meet a lot of interesting people
with great personalities – people who have
achieved a lot and are extremely successful, yet
they are not at all arrogant or pretentious.Milos Zeman, President of the Czech Republic
Mohammad Khatami, President of Iran
This Forum has benefited from the most valuable
experiences and wisdom of great thinkers and
scholar in addressing global challenges and
promoting dialogue and justice in the world.Mohammad Khatami, President of Iran (1997-2005)
Strobe Talbott US Deputy Secretary of State
Thanks to Mr. Yakunin for bringing us together
and for making this conference an important
annual global event.Strobe Talbott, US Deputy Secretary of State (1994-2001),
President of the Brookings Institution (2002-2017)
Djoomart Otorbaev Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic
In our world of “the winner takes all” it is
critically important for any public event to have
“stars” among its participants. That is why the 15th
Rhodes Forum was clearly a major success for all
its participants and supporters. All sessions of the
forum had high-level discussants, and we were all
particularly proud to attend top quality plenary
and policy sessions. The Rhodes Forum of the
Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute has all
chances to be established as the one of the most
influential public forums around the world.Djoomart Otorbaev, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic (2014 - 2015)
Ruben Vardanian, Social entrepreneur and impact investor, president of LLC Vardanyan, Broitman and Partners, co-founder of RVVZ Foundation
I believe that leaders need to come together,
despite how different we are, despite how we can
disagree we need to learn to talk to each other. I
am going to wish the DOC to continue this Forum
in the same direction, keep the development of the
discussions and research and audience, and I hope
we will continue meaningful meetings in Rhodes
for many more years.Ruben Vardanian, Social entrepreneur and impact investor,
president of LLC Vardanyan, Broitman and Partners,
co-founder of RVVZ Foundation

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