Dialogue of Civilizations Research Institute is delighted to invite you to attend a special edition of our Meet in Mitte event series. On 10th September at 6pm we will be joined by Jean-Pierre Raffarin, former prime minister of France and founder of Leaders for Peace as he delivers a lecture on the topic “30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall : Building new Alliances for Peace”.
“The current security and co-operation situation in Europe seems at greater risk than at certain moments in the Cold War. Mistrust, sanctions, and preparation for war itself are taking hold. Projects that facilitate enduring links and reciprocal obligations are often seen as tools of dependency. Public opinion is subjected to information that distances people from one another rather than bringing them together. Russia is drawing closer to China, a move that cannot be criticised given China’s weight both in Asia and around the world, but it is worrying when similar movements aren’t always made towards Europe.
At a conference with France’s ambassadors, President Macron announced ideas for regional security including a new dialogue with Russia, which would be demanding yet open and constructive. To succeed, initiative must be taken on several levels, without ignoring the difficulties of such engagement. In-depth reflection on all dimensions of this approach, and its objectives, is absolutely fundamental. In the coming months, contact between French, German, Russian, and Ukrainian leaders will intensify, but we need to go beyond simply making contact and we must also avoid fixing positions of apprehension and hostility by formalising them too early in the process.
The preparatory work of listening, establishing convictions, and trust-building can be carried out by NGOs like ‘Leaders for Peace’ for whom this kind of dialogue is a vocation. This is not a question of recreating the Helsinki Process, even though that can serve as a source of inspiration. We must address civil society, all the countries of the region, the United States, and China, and we must enable necessary gestures of confidence-building. The Leaders for Peace Foundation is willing to mobilise its network and work with all those who share the same goals.” – Jean-Pierre Raffarin
Following the speech there will be an opportunity for Q&A.
Jean-Pierre Raffarin will speak in French, simultaneous translation to English and German will be provided.
Following the event there will a reception with refreshments and opportunities for networking.
Event Timings :
Event starts at : 18:00 CET
Event ends at : 20:30 CET
Jean Pierre Raffarin
French politician, Prime minister of France (2002-2005), Founder of 'Leaders for Peace'