Leading policy makers from across the globe are gathering in Greece for the Rhodes Forum 2018, which runs from 5 -6 October.
Since it was first convened in 2003, the Rhodes Forum has grown to become a major annual event drawing senior policy makers, serving and former politicians, state officials, business people, NGO representatives, and journalists from across the world. They come to Rhodes to discuss, under the auspices of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, the major challenges communities face, in order to develop applicable measures to resolve and respond to these issues and to identify emergent problems.
This year’s Forum opens with a plenary session on the main theme of the event, ‘Making Multilateralism Work: Enhancing Dialogue on Peace, Security, and Development’. Moderated by French writer and journalist Renaud Girard, this session sets the focus for the two-day event and examines the impact of multilateralism on existing tensions and potential flash points. It will also address issues of trade and economic inequality.
High-profile participants this year include former Israeli President Ehud Olmert; Prime Minister of Guinea Ibrahim Kassory Fofana; senior officials from Greece, Iran, and Russia; a delegation from China; OECD policy-makers; and Robin Wright – Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace.
This year’s sessions offer participants the chance to explore critical issues in the Middle East, peace and security in the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasia, Economic inequality and democracy, and the private sector’s role in intercultural dialogue. The second day’s highlights include the Leaders Club Meeting, which draws senior serving officials