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The world at the crossroads again: Reinventing international cooperation


01 Oct 2020 to 02 Oct 2020




Rhodes Forum 2020

Event Description

About the Rhodes Forum

For nearly two decades, the Rhodes Forum – an annual ideas-driven global affairs conference – has brought together some of the best minds from around the world to discuss the major challenges facing humanity. The Forum tackles issues in economic development, global governance and geopolitics, and culture and civilisations.

In the context of the 75th anniversaries of the end of WW2 and the formation of the United Nations, and the Covid-19 crisis the theme for this year’s Forum will be ‘The world at the crossroads again: Reinventing international cooperation’.

Using these reference points the Forum will look forward and seek solutions to the questions that will determine the shape of the emerging global order. It will do this by leveraging a key distinguishing feature: the convening power of the Rhodes Forum to bring a broad range of participants to the table.

Speakers are drawn from the senior echelons of politics and policymaking, academia, business, media and more. The Forum gives an equal platform to all voices – from both emerging and developed countries; from different cultures, ethnicities and faiths; and from the traditional mainstream to new and often under represented ways of thinking. Ordinarily the Rhodes Forum would take place on its namesake Greek island, however due to the conditions of the pandemic this year’s event will take place entirely online. This year’s Forum is free to attend and registration is open to all.

The Rhodes Forum embodies the mission of the Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute, which organises the Forum, to be an independent platform for dialogue that brings together diverse perspectives in a non-confrontational and constructive spirit.


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