26 - 30 July, 2018

at the Meditteranean Agonomic Institute of Chania Conference Center, Crete, Greece


Oil prices affect energy security and energy transition, countries have higher demands, new climate pledges, and the 'shale gas revolution' in the United States are issues to be dealt with..


The high and rapid growth experienced in post-1980s came to an abrupt halt. In the new, globalized world of closely interdependent economies, the crisis affected almost every part of the world


Politics is a broad, complicated subject involving issues like diplomacy, war, government finance, and more. It also is a significant part of our life, since it's what dictates how we are allowed to live


American and European perspectives focus on transnational negotiation and cooperation. It is entering a post-historical paradise of peace and relative prosperity

The political and economic environment of our world is changing but, Economy, Energy, Politics & Power are the four interrelated major issues that remain crucial in everybody's every day life, one way or another.

The 1992 "It’s the economy, stupid!" phrase of James Carville, Bill Clinton’s strategist, to describe the No. 1 issue facing the country at the time, still holds true today, yet with many interrelated factors. A new term has been introduced, "econocracy". The recent U.S.A. elections have triggered an interesting discussion on the "vote value".

Discussions at the Forum refer to these contemporary issues at local, national and global levels.

The annual 4 day event, always set for the last weekend of July,  focuses on the present-day interrelated issues of geopolitics, energy, economy, conflict prevention, the role of international organizations, and more issues, which are affecting national and international relations, societies and ultimately, the human security of citizens.

Expert prominent leaders from governments, the business community, academia and international organisations are invited for a frank and provocative discussion, which can provide an insight on the imminent future of economic geopolitical state of the international community.

The Forum operates under the Chatham House Rule, in order to promote free and frank discussion and the disinterested sharing of information for the mutual benefit of its participants.

Extensive discussion opportunities and  networking are also encouraged during the social program.

The time and location, at the beautiful town of Chania, Crete, provide the opportunity to combine work with a summer vacation at a top spot and the most important strategic position in the sensitive region of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Forum is open to the public upon invitation, following individual Forum registration.

A registration fee is required.

Speakers' Quotes

Extracted from the Forum discussions
  • The problem is that we have more than one crisis, and we are curing only one of them. So, when analysis is wrong, curing must be wrong
    Prof.Dr. Repasi
  • The visionary leader and statesman leads by persuasion and inspiration, not by force or compulsion. Above all, the visionary leader and statesman must possess what Max Weber called CHARISMA
    Prof.Dr. Sullivan
  • Cold war - atomic war was a threat, but was never meant to happen, it ended when democracy prevailed. Westerns were happier and more self-confident, because they had individual approach to life. Democracy, usually established during peace, which makes it the best thing invented so far. Furthermore, he pointed out that a pure democracy doesn’t work today anymore, We have so-called-democracy”.
    Prof. Dr. Batakovic
  • Due to the fact that Mr. Mohamed Morsi didn’t do what the people were expected from him and didn’t make any “steps forward”, they needed to change this situation immediately
    Prof. Dr. Shahin
  • Track II diplomacy is relatively new as a concept. We talk about it as a part of conflict management today, but also as a shaper of society – Track II diplomacy is seen as a tool to solve the conflicts within a society or even a region. In this sense, Track II diplomacy is a specific kind of informal diplomacy in which non-officials - intellectuals, social activists, military representatives, religious thinkers, etc – engage in dialogue with the aim of finding solutions to problems affecting society
    Ass. Lect. Colibasanu