The palpitations of the world, the search for new balances
- International life has become a matter of concern to everyone.
- So it thus seems necessary to try to understand and discuss what is happening today, the important events and major trends which are taking place and could prove to be long-lasting.
- The Nations of Europe, organized together or re-united by geography, culture and history, will not be inward-looking. They will have to find their place in a world dominated by powerful groups, where emerging powers are already making outstanding progress and where no one should be left by the wayside.
The website’s philosophy : global palpitations
Matteo Giovanetti, Le Charmeur d’Oiseaux, 14Th Century, Palais des Papes d’Avignon
Over the past few years, even in the world’s remotest areas, international life has become a matter of concern to everyone, both those active in it and those affected by it.
So it thus seems necessary to try to understand and discuss what is happening today, the important events and major trends which are taking shape and could prove to be long-lasting.
For those without the necessary tools, we need to provide instruments, basic data, benchmarks and ways of developing understanding and acting. The aim is to educate not teach.
Those who are, or think they are, familiar with the subtleties of the way the “international system” functions must be pushed to the limits of their thinking, given the complexity of the issues at stake and changing nature of the subject.
In any case, no one can consider him/herself to be the sole possessor of the truth, and we will be able to get to the bottom of the realities of the world only if we pool our individual truths, which are by definition piecemeal.
Such an approach requires humanism and solidarity when we communicate with others and openness and receptiveness especially when we are on the receiving end and listening to others.
The major issues of the moment, which will be addressed here, are identified a priori. But for societies as a whole, history is also shaped by upheavals and unexpected events, as demonstrated by the great pandemics; in a positive way it has also told us from time immemorial about the capacity of human beings to overcome the greatest challenges thanks to their adaptability and ability to discover and genius of discovery and invention.
The main themes selected for this site will flow from this. The Nations of Europe, organized together or re-united by geography, culture and history, will not be inward-looking – such an attitude would be futile. They will have to find their place in a world dominated by powerful groups, where emerging powers are already making outstanding progress and where no one should be left by the wayside, both for reasons of humanity and the need to avoid destructive imbalances. The United States, China, Europe and Russia, the Near and Middle East, Africa, the international system, economy, energy resources as well as the environment, education, culture, the arts and sport will be included. The list cannot be exhaustive.
The breadth of the field of knowledge and reflection requires the participation of everyone at all levels of our societies. If this site were destined only to express global palpitations, it would have already achieved a formidable goal.
The initial motivation driving the creation of this website « Perspectives Europe-Monde » was the will to convey the experience I garnered in international life, serving both the French State and the world of major corporations, which are also strategic players. I am delighted with the initial welcome the site has received, especially among avid students also wishing to take on the big wide world.
It is not a matter of indulging exclusively in recalling and analysing past experiences, but rather it is necessary to adopt a humanist approach, comprised of openness and tolerance, and to foster exchange and communication.
In this perspective, it is necessary to respect language, or even languages, which are an essential vehicle. The website will therefore be multilingual, to varying degrees. In an apparent paradox, written culture can perfectly accommodate modern-day technologies, such as Internet and image, which today often supersedes this traditional means of expressing thought. This move away from compartmentalisation of the world implies, in turn, a multidisciplinary approach.
Respect of the dignity of individuals, of peoples and of nations whatever their size, concern for independence but also solidarity and liberalism, starting with that of thought (in the sense of 19th century liberal values), the social dimension and reform, dedication to the construction of a vast Europe and unfettered openness to the outside world. These are values and goals that I cannot deny to endorse.
In this context, the website “Perspectives Europe-Monde” could progressively open its columns to a diversity of expressions, and my ambition is such: that its readers will claim ownership of it and make it their own.
This website begins in a time of lockdown that seems to drag on for-ever, but it would be safe to believe that it preexisted, almost unbeknownst to us, in a variety of symptoms even before the Coronavirus crisis. In any event, there is every reason to be optimistic. Immense and yet unexplored fields exist in both space and the long time of History, without having to exclusively consider the formidable adventure of the rover Perseverance on planet Mars.
The Vendée Globe is a reminder of this: the southern seas are not just a mystery, a source of dread as in the “Roaring Forties” and onwards to the Antarctic, but they are also the cantor of an Ode to Joy. For all, the practice of sport is always accessible in a broad number of disciplines; it has a value in its own right, and it is not dissociated from the highest intellectual activities, as shown in a complex report analysed by the champion Guillaume Martin in Socrate à Vélo (Socrates on a bike). Our perception of things must not be reduced to a few chaotic months or even years, a process repeated time and again in History. This can be ten thousand years for a nation or perhaps even a million years in the case of Syria, the setting for the book Syrie : Mémoire et Civilisation (Syria: Recollection and Civilisation).
These are the main themes broached in the first series of publications on this website, which will endeavour to position us on our continent and in a fascinating relationship with the world, beyond the tribulations and upheavals of our societies, for challenges have always been a source of progress. Humanist inspiration, light, perspectives and optimism are the guiding principles.
- Former Ambassador
- Former President of Alstom Group in Moscow
- Founder and President of Perspectives Europe-Monde
- Member of the French Institute of International Relations
- Member of the Professional Development Council of Sciences Po Aix
- Member of the French Association for the United Nations
- Knight of the National Order of Merit
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