Preventing World War Through Global Solidarity: 100 Years on

Every 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.

Cultural Integration in the Eurasian Region

"Cultural Integration in the Eurasian Region" Seminar will take place in Tehran, Iran, on October 1, 2014

The event is organized by the Institute of Iran and Eurasia Studies - IRAS in cooperation with the ECO Cultural Institute, Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Iranian Society for Cultural and Communication Studies, Center for Eurasian Studies and the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations."

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Report on Plenary Meeting “Peace and Security in Europe and Asia in the Context of American Power”

12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014

The meeting was moderated by Chandra Muzaffar. The seven keynote speakers were Phyllis Bennis, Kumiko Haba, Fred Dallmayr, Junaid Ahmad, Sara Flounders, Tao Xie and Valentina Fedotova.

The moderator opened discussions with observations on why the question of peace and security in Europe and Asia has become so significant at this point in time. In both continents it is the desire of the US elite to perpetuate its hegemonic power that has provoked reactions that have led to tension and conflict.

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12th Rhodes Forum Gives Boost to Dialogue of Civilizations to Avert Future Wars

RHODES, Greece, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- A century after the outbreak of the First World War, hundreds of public figures, academics, representatives of nongovernmental and religious groups, the business world, arts, media as well as youth movements from worldwide gathered on the Greek island of Rhodes to exchange views on the lessons of history, speak about the present challenges for mankind and pave the way to avert similar catastrophic wars in the future.

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12th Rhodes Forum. Concluding Remarks

Concluding remarks of the Presidency of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” on the occasion of the 12th Annual Rhodes Forum (Rhodes, Greece, 25-29 September 2014)

The Presidency of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” is deeply concerned about the recent deterioration in global affairs and about structural trends that jeopardise both humanity and nature. Of even greater concern is the unprecedented and utterly irresponsible reaction to this development by the global financial oligarchy, which seems to be the only beneficiary of the crisis and the current onslaught.

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World Public Forum: Creating a World Fit for Humanity

A Speech by Vladimir Yakunin, Founding President of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations” delivered at the Opening Plenary Meeting of the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014

Your Excellency!
Ladies and gentlemen!
Dear participants of the 12th session of the Rhodes Forum!

Welcome to our regular session of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations.”

Today, despite the bitter political environment of mistrust, just like in the previous eleven years more than 400 participants from 65 countries came to Rhodes. All these years we have been united by an open and open-minded dialogue for the purpose of finding the answers to the issues that are vital for human survival. These are the issues that directly and objectively reflect the existing reality contrasting with the “global agenda,” which is being masterminded by the global financial oligarchical structures and offensively promoted by the dependent political elite and relevant media.

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Roundup: Silk Road Made Great Contributions to Dialogue of Civilizations: Forum

Xinhua, September 28, 2014

The Silk Road has made great contributions to the dialogue of civilizations, economic development and cultural exchanges between Asia and Europe in the past, experts said on Saturday.

During the 12th Rhodes Forum on the Greek island of Rhodes, Chinese and foreign scholars also presented the benefits for all parties from the planned resurrection of the Silk Road in the future.

Experts from Lanzhou University with the support of their colleagues in other universities from Shanghai to Canada hosted a workshop on the sidelines the ongoing 12th World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”.

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War, Instability and U.S. Militarism

A Paper by Sara Flounders, Principal Leader, International Action Center, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 27, 2014

Peace and Security in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America or within the United States is the one thing that we cannot expect in the period ahead. It is war, instability and brutal austerity ahead for us.

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The Power Shift: National Anxiety, Territorial Disputes and Confidence Building in Asia under the American Rebalance Strategy

A Paper by Kumiko Haba, Professor of Aoyama Gakuin University, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 27, 2014

Territorial disputes under a power shift are not profitable for any country over the long term. Plural, regional cooperation through trans-regional networks is important. Cooperation based on the regional interest and the citizens’ wellbeing that exceeds the national interest to avoid disputes over borders is necessary.

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