Every year, in early autumn, people from diverse walks of life descend on the Greek island of Rhodes.
This year’s event, held 5-6 October, is titled Making Multilateralism Work: Enhancing Dialogue on Peace, Security, and Development. And the line-up of special guests this year looks impressive: including Senior Fellow at the US Institute of Peace Robin Wright, Prime Minister of Guinea Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, deputy ministers from Greece, Russia, and Iran, senior policy makers from the OECD, a constellation of ambassadors, and former Israeli President Ehud Olmert.
Many of the high-profile guests attending this year are coming for the special focus on Africa – expressed in a dedicated Summit ‘Engaging Africa in Dialogue: Towards a Harmonious Development of the Continent’, and reflected in the discussion makeup and panel topics throughout the event.
Serving and former politicians, ministers, and state officials are joined by respected academics and researchers, economists and business people, NGO representatives and volunteers, and of course, members of broadcast, print, and online media.
That small island forms the stage for an event that, when it first began, was seen as little more than a fringe event, gathering individuals of uncertain standing and unclear intent. Over the years, however, it has made a name for itself as one of the world’s leading platforms for open dialogue between people from radically different backgrounds and world-views. But that is not what makes it unique.
The Rhodes Forum stands out for the dedication of its focus on developing entirely new approaches and solutions to current problems, and