The Chairman of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (DOC), Dr Vladimir Yakunin, participated in a high-level panel and gave an open lecture at the Astana Economic Forum – Central Asia’s leading platform for international dialogue – as part of an intensive visit to Kazakhstan.
Dr Yakunin spoke during an open discussion session titled “The World Without Multilateralism?” as part of a distinguished speaker faculty including President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian, Kazakh Finance Minister Alikhan Smailov and former Governor of the Bank of Israel Stanley Fischer moderated by British historian Peter Frankopan. During the session Dr Yakunin highlighted the potential for multilateralism to serve as a tool to overcome the global crisis caused by the breakdown of globalisation processes:
“I do hope for a kind of ‘multilateralism’, based on an understanding of its advantages for all. The alternative is greater crisis, which will demand a total reconstruction of the world order. What is the alternative? Should we say that the wheel of globalization must be reversed? That would be a big mistake. The opposite of globalization is the self-isolation of entire nations, the loss of general communication and return to the era of wars of all against all. The exit must be sought in another direction.“
Multilateralism has been a key theme at successive editions of the Rhodes Forum, the DOC’s flagship public event, which brings together political leaders, experts, businesspeople and citizens from across the world to tackle shared global challenges. The Rhodes Forum seeks to give an equal platform to all voices from