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.

‘Americanization’ — without the ‘White Man’s Burden.’ What’s to be Done?

A Paper by Türkkaya Ataöv, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at Ankara University, Turkey, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014

Global South is being assaulted, in ways more than one, by Global North, led by the United States for the last two-and-a-half decades. The attacks are redesigned, comprehensive, and widespread, with new hooks. They have been in the form of suggestions, pressures, interventions, attacks and invasions in political, economic and cultural realms. The United States presses for governmental and economic reconstruction models, whose costs are being borne by the great majority of mankind that faces inflation, unemployment, loss of state subsidies and other protections. Although the dream of prosperity is rhetorically a guiding beacon, it is not a bed of roses even for the Americans, not only because it is very narrowly shared, but also based on debt incurred by consumers, corporations, the government and the nation itself. How can the world economy sustain itself if dominated by financial speculation? However, the lower classes will not starve quietly. The question is what must and can they do. I intend here first to rate the regime changes enforced upon the Global South (periphery) and then suggest a different course to challenge the dependency.

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Avoiding a New Cold War and Ethnonationalist Provocations

A Paper by Valentina Fedotova, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 27, 2014

The conflict between two social systems - capitalism and communism vanished after the USSR had collapsed and Russia had gained its new democratic image that yet varied from copying the Western patterns to embodying unique national features. In reality Russia’s democracy was far more multiform. The USSR had broken down and Russia became a new country with quite positive image in the West. We are currently witnessing the aggravation of the conflict between the West and Russia that is breathing new life into the conflict between the Western and non-Western worlds. The collapse of the former world order resulted in the emergence of brand-new states with no previous experience in nation-state formation. There is a number of ethnonational conflicts in the world that becomes unbalanced with the West supporting one or another party to the conflict.

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Resolution of the “Music and Modern Technologies” Workshop

12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014

The workshop brought together practitioners and thinkers from the principal areas of global development in music and technology. The participants agreed that the organizers had done an extraordinary job in identifying key trends and areas, and that this meeting was - to the knowledge of those present - the first time that creative, social, philosophical, human well-being and environmental concerns had been brought together in such a well-focused way.


Report on the “Christianity in the MENA Region” Workshop

12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014
By Fr. Boulos Wehbe, Moderator of the Workshop

The workshop was chaired by Fr. Boulos Wehbe, who opened it with an introductory address which outlined the historical path of Christianity since its inception and early spread by the apostles in the region. He stresseed on it being an Eastern religion which spread to the West but continued in the MENA region despite all the hardships it endured. Fr. Wehbe outlined the present state of the Christians in it and stressed on their feeling of being threatened and abandoned. He outlined the model of Lebanon as a viable model and catalyst for the Christian presence in the region.


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.


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.


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.