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16th Annual Symi Symposium

19-24 July 2015
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"Cultivating inclusiveness in times of crisis"


The theme of this year’s Symi is Cultivating inclusiveness in times of crises. During the Symposium, panel discussions will be organized around the following topics: The consequences of the conflict in Syria and ISIL in Mid-Eastern societies; cultural and religious co-existence: positive examples and new challenges; the Eastern Mediterranean in a challenging neighborhood; the economic crisis in Europe and the need for a paradigm shift.

The Amman Message | 09.11.2004

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The Amman Message was brought up in Session Two of this year's Symi Symposium. The Amman Message was delivered by His Eminence Sheikh Izz-Eddine Al- Khatib Al-Tamimi, Advisor to His Majesty King Abdullah II for Islamic Affairs, Chairman of the Iftaa’ Council and Chief Justice of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in the presence of His Majesty King Abdullah at the Hashimiyeen Mosque on the occasion of Laylet Al Qader in November 2004.

November 9, 2004

George A. Papandreou: Opening speech | 19.07.2015

Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear friends


First a word to our newcomers:

Welcome to our Symi Symposium
We hope this will be a unique experience for you.

A number of reasons:

1) we bring together a special group of people to discuss openly, freely, passionately about how we hope to change things in our world. Minds, experience, youthful enthusiasm combine to brainstorm on the complex and daunting challenges of our time

2) we do so in the most informal way. Dress as you like. Bring in your spouses, partners, children, to participate, they are most welcome.

Roger Dib: The perspective of Lebanon Vis a Vis the challenge of a peaceful coexistence between different religions.

Prime Minister and esteemed participants,

Let me start by thanking the Organizers of this symposium for the importance and timeliness of the subject and the richness of background of the participants; we all look forward to a fruitful and open exchange that will enrich our engagement to the crucial objective of enhancing inclusiveness in times of crisis, fully aware that inclusiveness becomes more difficult in times of crisis.

Nathan Gardels: Breakthrough Before Breakdown - Why Governance Matters

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Some short excerpts from a book Nathan Gardels is writing with Nicolas Berggruen, “Breakthrough Before Breakdown: Why Governance Matters”, that might be useful for the discussion on inclusive participation.

Introduction excerpt:

1. The world today faces two competing futures -- a world coming together through the convergence of new exponential technologies that promises an era of prosperity and opportunity for all, or a world splitting apart through ardent religious warfare, bitter partisanship, revived nationalism and the return of geopolitical blocs. While globalization and rapid technological advance empower some with unprecedented possibilities, they dispossess others, causing growing gaps in power and wealth that lead in turn to fear, resentment and violence.

Ivan Vejvoda: Insecurity in Greece Poses Risk to the Balkans

Even as a compromise was found to halt an imminent Grexit (temporary or otherwise) this week, Greece’s situation, and even its euro membership, remains tenuous. In this context it is hard to remember that back in the 1990s, Greece was a crucial anchor of stability on the southern and southeastern flank of Europe and NATO. When Yugoslavia imploded and disintegrated, Greece was a rare example in the region of a successful EU and NATO member. It demonstrated a possible future of democratic stability and economic prosperity to the countries that would emerge from the break-up of Yugoslavia.

Ed Miliband: On Inequality

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Inequality speech by Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP on the Queens Speech debate in the UK Parliament
 Thursday 4 June 2015

May I start by thanking the Chancellor for his gracious words about me in his speech? It is an achievement to survive five years as Chancellor of the Exchequer and, indeed, to be reappointed, and I congratulate him on that.

Nazem C. El Khoury: Cultivating inclusiveness in times of crises - The Importance of Lebanon to regional stability

Cultivating inclusiveness in times of crises

Corfu, 19 – 24 July 2015

The Importance of Lebanon to regional stability


by Nazem C. El Khoury,  Former Minister and Member of Parliament




The Importance of Lebanon to Regional Stability


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