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.

Principles for a New World Order

A Paper by Anthony Werner, Editor-in-Chief, Shepheard-Walwyn Publishers, presented for the 12th Rhodes Forum, September 26, 2014

‘Whatever lives is full of the Lord. Claim nothing; enjoy, do not covet His property.’
Eesha Upanishad

This is an English translation of an ancient Sanskrit scripture preserved in India that would have been known to both Gandhi and J.C. Kapur. Tolstoy’s book, The Kingdom of God is within You, which so influenced Gandhi, echoes this. The verse is also a reminder of our relationship to the universe in which we live. I have chosen it because I want to focus on a lesser known aspect of Tolstoy’s work, that which deals with the right of property.

Tolstoy was born into an aristocratic family with large estates. As a man of conscience, he grew increasingly uneasy about the large income he enjoyed when he saw so much poverty around him. This disparity in wealth bothered him. Like many today, he did not at first appreciate the significant difference in the natures of the two sources of his income: the royalties he received from his writing were the fruit of his own labours; the rent he received as a landowner was the fruit of other men’s labours.


Call for Papers

International conference

Risks and Opportunities in the Civil Society – Public Institutions Relationship

A Re-Assessment of the EU and Global Policy Process

LUISS University – School of Government, May 7-9, 2015, Rome, Italy

The aim of the conference is discuss the different and many faces of the relationship between civil society actors and public institutions, both governmental and intergovernmental ones. The conference goals is to gather both scholars and practitioners in a single dialogue inclusive but larger than the mainstream western narrative. It is in fact a firm assumption of the conference that the civil society-public institutions dynamics is politically significant in all areas of the world. Both sides of the coin of the public/private relationship will be addressed. Presentations will deal with both the cooperative and the competitive/contentious relationship between governmental and non-governmental organizations in all the different phases of the policy process. Also, both legal and covered activities will be discussed. In scholarly terms, the conference aims to build bridges between different strands of academic and policy research that have looked at these actors under the differing lens of security, aid and development, public policy, global governance, contentious politics, democratization, human rights and democracy promotion, religious mobilizations, or public diplomacy.


Presidential Elections in Brazil: What Kind of Domestic and International Scenarios are Opening on the Eve of the Next 26th October’s Second Round?

By Simona Bottoni, Associate Researcher, Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG), Rome (Italy)

Results confirm that the last year’s presidential elections on October 5th were the most controversial in the current democratic Brazil: the PT candidate Dilma Rousseff, with her 41,5% of votes, has failed to avoid a second ballot, while the moderate Aécio Neves (PSDB) gained the 33,6%, far behind in the pre-election polls even compared to the other candidate Marina Silva (PSB), which succeeded the arena in full campaign due to the untimely death of Edward Campos, stopped at the 21,3% of votes.


Happy Birthday to Professor Hans Köchler!

Dear Professor Köchler,

On the occasion of your birthday please accept our sincerest congratulations and the very best wishes!

We highly appreciate our cooperation within the framework of the World Public Forum initiatives and your personal contribution to the Dialogue of Civilizations discourse in your academic activities and as the President of the International Progress Organization.

Your tireless efforts to uphold principles of justice and state sovereignty in international relations, incessant struggle against war and for peaceful and multipolar world order forged in the spirit of true cooperation are of immense importance. These are principles that lie at the heart of the World Public Forum and are shared by the whole WPF community.

We wish you good heath, happiness and incessant success and look forward to our further collaboration.

Vladimir Yakunin,
Founding President,
WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”

WPF Executive Committee and Staff

Birthday Greetings

To Co-Chairman of WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations“ and Packey J. Dee Professor in the Departments of Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Notre Dame
Fred Dallmayr

Dear Professor Dallmayr!

Please accept our most sincere congratulations with your Birthday!

Every year we feel more and more the intellectual support and bright enthusiasm from your side, which propel the WPF DoC community and make all of us achieve new level of Good Life experience. We thank you for your constant and active involvement into the everyday life of the dialogue of civilizations family and for your kind guidance in the most challenging, though fruitful work on bridging the intergenerational dialogue.

We wish you happiness, success in your public and scholar activities, peace in life and strong health in many years to come!

Founding President, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”
Vladimir Yakunin

WPF Executive Committee and Staff

Greeting Address by Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk to the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Catholic Bishops on Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization, October 16, 2014

The time has come for Christians to join efforts and come out as a united front for the noble goal of protecting the family when confronted by the challenges of the secular world for the sake of preserving the future of civilization. It is the field in which our alliance may become really needed.


Address by Alfred Gusenbauer to the 12th Rhodes Forum

An Address by Alfred Gusenbauer, Chancellor of Austria (2007-2008), Co-Chairman, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, to the 12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014

What makes the “Dialogue of Civilizations” view on the world work? We are embarking basically from 4 central values: the one is that we are striving for a world without war; second that we want to have an equality among the human beings and social classes around the world; the third that we respect and promote cultural diversity; and the forth that we want to hand over our planet to the future generation in a shape that makes it still possible and enjoyable to share life on Earth, which means that we are also very much based on the ideas of a sustainable development of our globe.


Pursuing Sanity in a Digital Tsunami: Be Calm; Be Kind

Remarks of Tom Mahon at the 12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014

In all the technical documents I have read and written over the years in the electronics industry in Silicon Valley I’ve never encountered words like kindness, empathy or virtue anywhere.

On one hand, you don’t expect words like those in tech docs. On the other hand, why not? What are tools for if not to promote personal and communal well-being?


Non-Interventionism – the Forgotten Doctrine

A Paper by John Laughland, Director of Studies, Institute of Democracy and Cooperation (Paris), delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 26, 2014

I would like to draw attention to a specific characteristic of Western-backed regime change as it has been practised in recent years and decades. In nearly all cases, regime change has been accompanied by criminal prosecution of the old regime. To take just the most recent cases, Western intervention in Ukraine has been accompanied by a decision to put Ukraine under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court for the period 21 November 2013 - 22 February 2014. This means that the ICC will be able to prosecute the old Yanukovich regime for war crimes but not the new government, even though the new regime has fighting a war since April whereas Yanukovich never fought one at all.

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