The Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute on September 10 welcomed former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin to its headquarters in Berlin for a special lecture on “30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall: Building new Alliances for Peace”. The event was attended by German and international policymakers, diplomats, academics, business people and civil society representatives.
Coming only a few days after the G7 Summit and President Macron’s speech calling for a new rapprochement with Russia, Jean-Pierre Raffarin delivered a message focusing on the need to build cooperative partnerships in an international context marked by escalating tensions.
“Peace doesn’t fall from the sky, it requires great work,” Jean-Pierre Raffarin said. He called for new multi-lateral alliances as a means to revitalize the construction of Europe, secure peace in the east of the continent, and act as a counter-balance to China’s development.
“In a context of rising violence, which is a twin sister of war, we need to create cooperative partnerships and prevent worrying tendencies towards isolation”, he said.
With Brexit and the start of a new presidential campaign in the US just weeks away, and on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, Jean-Pierre Raffarin’s talk opened the debate on the new policy orientations of the major international players.
In Jean-Pierre Raffarin’s view, the world today is witnessing a new international situation characterized by three major elements: a long term USA-China confrontation going beyond a simple trade war; European uncertainties with Brexit and the rise of populism; and the emergence of Eurasia, reinforced by Russia-China cooperation and the Russia’s return as a major diplomatic power.
In this context, the former French Prime Minister and founder of the Leaders for Peace NGO called for the formation of a new G4, consisting of France, Germany, Russia and China, to “give consistency to a greater Eurasia and balance China with the France-Germany-Russia triangle. It would also allow fertile cooperation for the development of Africa”, Jean-Pierre Raffarin said.
Jean-Christophe Bas, CEO of the DOC Research Institute, said: “It was a great honor for the DOC to welcome Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin in Berlin. His provocative intervention will be source of inspiration and further reflection for the DOC. With Leaders for Peace Jean-Pierre Raffarin is today an active broker for peace and dialogue. His action to reduce conflicts has strong synergies with the DOC’s mission, and we look forward to developing joint initiatives in future.”
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