30 Years After the Fall of the Wall. We need a new road map. Interview with Jean-Christophe Bas, CEO and Executive Board Chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Institute in Berlin.
Head of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC) is summing up the first half of the year as CEO. An interview about the vision and the strategy of the DOC, scepticism towards a newcomer think tank, its special relationship to Russia, the 30th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 2019 and the role of a dialogue towards shared narratives.
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Interview: Svetlana Alexeeva, Owner DIGITAL INSIGHT CIS & Russia, Svetlana.Alexeeva@digital-insight.de
MR. BAS, SINCE SEPTEMBER 2018, YOU HAVE BEEN THE CEO OF THE DIALOGUE OF CIVILIZATION RESEARCH INSTITUTE. HOW DID YOU COME TO THE DOC?
Very simply. I was invited to a Rhodes Forum.
WHEN DID IT HAPPEN?
In 2014, and then again, several times. I joined the DOC after working for 20 years as Head of Policy Dialogue and Strategy Development at the World Bank, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and the Council of Europe. I also served as the first Executive Director of the Aspen Institute in France.
DID YOU TALK TO THE DOC FOUNDERS?
I had a discussion with the Board. Later, I produced a strategy paper. It was my version for the Institute, in accordance with its history. A major element of that strategy was to build a platform where different perspectives can meet and exchange ideas through dialogue, in a non-confrontational and collaborative spirit, to shape together