Rhodes, 5 October 2018, DOC Research Institute – Rhodes Forum 2018 will commence this morning on the Greek island of Rhodes. Over 300 participants, including 40 journalists from around the world, will take part in the event.
The forum kicks off with a welcome address from Vice-Governor of the South Aegean Region Ioannis Flevaris and DOC Research Institute co-founder and Chairman Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, setting the tone for the event and focusing participants’ minds on the main issues to be covered.
The opening plenary session will be moderated by well-known French author and journalist Renaud Girard, and will include speakers such as Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, Prime Minister of the Republic of Guinea and Joschka Fischer, Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany (1998-2005).
The session will examine how the age of multilateralism impacts international relations, and what role dialogue can play in easing tensions and preventing major conflicts between global powers and civilisations. Into this complex picture, it draws resource disparity and infrastructure challenges, on the one hand, and technological advances on the other.
The afternoon sees high-profile speakers such as Ehud Olmert join the panel on “The Middle Eastern Paradigm of Conflict: Only One Solution is Impossible.” This will look at the red lines for interference in MENA states’ internal affairs, the role of external actors, and preventing Islamic extremism.
The parallel round-table “From Deadlock to Solutions: Towards a Comprehensive Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Peace and Security Order” will seek to establish a consensus on the origins of the current crises and possible paths through