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Trump’s Victory: The Elephants Woke Up

November 11, 2016

Some people didn’t believe that Trump was going to win. Others were afraid of his victory. The American election system seemed to be created in such a way that no incident like this could ever happen.

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The Quest for Change: From Domination to Dialogue

June 30, 2016

Abstract: This paper explores the distinction between domination and dialogue. It analyses dialogical philosophy, mainly in the works of Mikhail Bakhtin and some other contemporary authors, grounding the universal character of dialogue as constitutive of human personality itself. Dialogism is a fundamental characteristic of language. In its normative role, dialogism can serve as the standard for the evaluation and critique of existing relationships within a socially and culturally diverse world. It can also serve as a regulative principle in the ennoblement of human relationships. This paper highlights intercultural philosophy and its grounding of the ideas of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. It analyses the manifestations of cultural diversity in Latin American, African and the African-American philosophies. These philosophies show the tendency to evolve from ethnocentrism to more openness and finally to inter-philosophical global dialogue. Dialogism is opposed to historical-cultural conditions that hinder it. In analyzing the historical contradiction between domination and dialogue, this paper points out its causes, such as calculative ‘instrumental reason’, colonial exclusion of the other, and the asymmetries of power. The current hegemonic US policy aiming for global domination is at odds with the dialogical and collaborative relationships of sovereign nations as equals. The paper argues for the implementation of dialogical relationships within society and in the international arena as well as for the collaboration of peoples, which is necessary to find a solution to social and global problems. The concept of the dialogue of civilisations—asserting a plurality of civilisations—orients us toward the study of intra-civilisational and inter-civilisational relationships, with the aim of fostering dialogue. The enhancement of dialogical relationships is both a condition and an indispensable means of progression toward a more humane, peaceful and just world order.

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Values and Anti-values in Contemporary Economic Policymaking

Values and Anti-values in Contemporary Economic Policymaking

November 28, 2016

This Expert Comment argues that economic morality arises from market failure, which requires social corrections and government interventions. Such corrections might challenge economic actors who enjoy a privileged position, and who consequently advocate the so-called ‘free market’ that supports their unfair advantages. Dimitris Psarrakis argues that we must revisit old narratives and re-establish a consensus about the true values of liberal economic thinking in order to emancipate people who suffer under the current market structure. He suggests a return to Ordoliberalism and proposes eight principles of good economic governance as a basis for establishing the values of freedom and responsibility in contemporary economic policymaking.

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07-09 November 2016 > Countering Radicalism as Condition to Peace in the Caucasus

The Dialogue of Civilizations (DOC) cooperates on 7-9 November at a workshop on “Countering Radical Islam As Condition to Peace in the Caucasus” in Berlin with the Partnership for Peace Consortium of Defense Academies and Security Studies (Garmisch-Partenkirchen), the Center for Science and Social Innovation NSI (Stavropol) and the Institute for Foreign Relations – funding program zivik (Berlin). One of the aims of the workshop is the scientific exchange on radicalization in the Caucasus. DOC Chief Researcher Prof. Alexey Malashenko is going to speak at the Panel as an expert on Islam.   Key questions: Can we expect a growth of radical Islam in Ukraine and in the North Caucasus? What is the impact of Turkey over Islamic radicalism in these regions? Is an increase of the threat from IS against Europe likely or unlikely? How can Russia and the West be reconciled to fight IS? How can we measure success against radicalization, regardless of whether the tool employed was military or otherwise? Who should be the preferred interlocutors in attempting to delegitimize the radical narrative?

30 September-01 October 2016 > 14th Rhodes Forum - The Chaos of Multiplicity: An Urgent Call for Dialogue

Held since 2002, the Rhodes Forum is an annual session of the World Public Forum Dialogue of Civilizations (headquartered in Vienna). From 2016 it will be a key annual event organised by the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute (headquartered in Berlin). The Rhodes Forum takes place on the Greek island of Rhodes, and gathers from 300 to 600 participants from over 70 countries. Key guests and speakers include acting and former presidents and senior officials, members of the international academic community and business elite, representatives of international non-governmental organisations, diplomats, experts from various fields, and the media. The Rhodes Forum has consistently sought to promote a new culture of dialogue that is so desperately needed. Today, the World Public Forum’s community is committed more than ever before to achieving this goal. The Forum always seeks to reflect key issues on the international agenda. Forum participants share their views on current events, and address ideas for possible solutions to some of our most pressing problems to both decision-makers and to society in general. This part of the international community’s broader efforts to protect the key values of humanity and to contribute to sustainable global development. The agenda of the 14th Forum will comprise a number of overarching themes, such as: civilizations against the new barbarism alternative economic models human ecology global inclusive development reconciliation and peace between East and West new strategies for growth based on infrastructure investment. Our Forum is evolving. The upcoming Rhodes Forum will have a packed agenda and a tighter schedule. One of the focal events of the 2016 Forum will be the presentation of the World Public Forum (WPF) Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute: a new think-tank that is developing applicable solutions to some of the most pressing problems we face today. Steering Committee of the Rhodes Forum 2016: Dr. Vladimir Yakunin, Co-founder of the Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute, Head of the Department for State Governance, Moscow State University; Prof. Fred Dallmayr, Co-chairman, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”; Packey J. Dee Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Notre Dame; Dr. Walter Schwimmer, Co-founder of the Dialogue of Civilisations Research Institute; Former Secretary General, Council of Europe; Dr. Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, Director of Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Kent; Prof. Raffaele Marchetti, Senior Assistant Professor, Joint Appointment at the Dept. of Political Science and the School of Government, LUISS University. Dr. Vladimir Kulikov, Scientific Director of the DOC Research Institute More about Rhodes Forum at the official webpage.

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