Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity: 100 Years on

Rhodes Forum Opening PlenaryEvery autumn since 2003 the ancient Greek island of Rhodes hosts a session of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" called the Rhodes Forum that brings together public figures and statesmen, academics, religious figures and representatives of the arts, mass media and business spheres from all over the world. The sessions of the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations" proved the urgency and efficacy of the Forum by brining the focus of world public opinion to the problems of intercultural dialogue and the need to work out instruments to make interaction among cultures and civilizations possible. The results achieved by the Forum give a hope for further harmonization of international relations and strengthening of stability in the world.

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The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else

Immanuel Wallerstein, August 15, 2014

In the endless geopolitical realignments of the Middle East, the Caliphate of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance. All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the Caliphate from expanding and consolidating itself.

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A Vision for the Future

Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of Cultures

A Paper by Toni Kästner, Chairman, Fusions Energie Forum, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014

The creation of solidarity, collaboration and integration among nations today will only be possible by giving mankind and our individual nations a vision for the future which in turn requires solidarity, collaboration and integration sine qua non. Once you know where you want to go, you may decide which way to take. If we define a vision of a future in which nations collaborate in friendship, we will have to create a durable peace. Such a peace in turn requires all participants to cooperate and to better understand each other.

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Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon Results

On August 25, 2014 the WPFDC Executive Board chose the winners of the Rhodes Marathon – 2014

We are glad to congratulate the following authors who were recognized as winners of the contest:

Beatriz Bissio (Brazil) - Islam and the West: Another Form of Coexistence is Possible. History Allows to Understand Why;

Dimitry Chistilin (Ukraine) - BRICS’ Role in Forming New Architecture of the World System in the Context of Long-term Development;

Toni Kaestner (Germany) - A Vision for the Future. Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of Cultures;

Dimitri Kitsikis (Canada) - Plethon as Founder of Western Civilization;

Tom Mahon (USA) – Technology: A Re-introduction;

Jozef Migas (Slovakia) - Creating a “Warfare Generation”;

Maxim Mikhalev (Russia) - Civilization Borderlands as Spiritual Diversity Specially Protected Areas;

Mikhail Molchanov (Canada) - The Eurasian Union and the Reconstitution of the Regional Order in Eurasia;

Jayshree Sengupta (India) - The Need for Sub Regional Integration in South Asia.

The designated persons are being invited to take part in the 12th Annual Session of the Rhodes Forum that will be convened on September 25-29, 2014.

The Need for Sub Regional Integration in South Asia

A Paper by Jayshree Sengupta, Senior Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014

South Asia today has more poor and malnourished people than sub Saharan Africa. It is also marked by frequent incidents of violence, political instability and regime change. Because of an exponential increase in terrorist activities, it is becoming a global flashpoint.

India, Nepal and Bangladesh are contiguous countries of South Asia. Bangladesh and Nepal are located in a terrain full of rivers that is fertile and the northern and eastern parts of India that are adjacent to these countries form the Gangetic basin with a population of about 400 million people.

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Behind Obama’s ‘Chaotic’ Foreign Policy

An Article by Robert Parry published at Consortiumnews.com on August 21, 2014

The chaos enveloping U.S. foreign policy stems from President Obama’s unwillingness to challenge Official Washington’s power centers which favor neoconservatism and “liberal interventionism” – strategies that have often undercut real U.S. national security interests.

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TTIP o Razvitie? Un'alternativa di sviluppo per una UE più autonoma dagli Usa.

Maria Grazia Bruzzone, La Stampa, 02.08.2014

“L’opinione pubblica sa poco o nulla delle opzioni strategiche davanti alle quali si trova l’Europa :  da una lato il Trattato di Parternariato Transatlantico con gli Stati Uniti, dall’altro la creazione di un enorme corridoio multi-infrastrutturale euroasiatico di sviluppo secondo nuove modalità sintetizzate dalla parola russa ‘razvitie’, che non indica solo crescita economica ma uno sviluppo integrale, culturale, civile, ambientale che la crescita include senza esaurirsi in essa”.

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Sanctions against Moscow, a Boomerang

An Article by Mario Lettieri and Paolo Raimondi published at ItaliaOggi on August 20, 2014

Washington sanctions against Russia have above all a geopolitical relevance. It is the return of the Cold War between the two superpowers. For the European Union, on the contrary, they risk provoking immense economic and political disaster for the Euro-Asian region as a whole.

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World Affairs. The Journal of International Issues

In 1996 “World Affairs. The Journal of International Issues” was started by Jagdish Kapur and Chanda Singh. Today it is published in partnership with the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations.”

World Affairs is a leading journal, printed and published in India. The journal seeks to provide the much needed Asian and the developing world’s perspective on issues of global significance. It stimulates interaction and debate between developed and developing nations.

The journal addresses a wide range of readers and reaches out to world leaders, politicians, industrialists, academics, students, and the general public while focusing on the changing socio-politico-economic situation and equations in the world today.

The increasing complexity of the international environment, beset by multiplying global crises requires serious analysis, debate and understanding. And this is what World Affairs is striving to bring about. In a world of growing violence and shrinking moral and ethical values it seeks to address this pressing need.

The latest issue of the Journal is devoted to recent developments in India, its domestic and foreign policy.

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