HIS EXCELLENCY PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA WILL ATTEND 11 DODA INTERFAITH CONFERENCE

March 23, 2014

THE ROLE OF EDUCATION IN THE DYNAMIC AND EFFICIENCY OF YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN INTERFAITH DIALOGUE.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, EDA

 

Summary: The youth presence in inter-faith dialogue is a reflection of the growing role and influence of younger generation in world affairs. Sociological date is conveying a clear picture of the increasing role of young generation in economical, cultural and political transformation across the globe.

This increasing role and responsibility of youth must also be reflected in the presence of the younger generation in the religious debate and especially in the role of religion as a peace building tool.

The young generation can carve for herself a powerful role in inter-faith dialogue based on the necessity of activism, preeminent role of new media powered by internet and technology and the role of education and formative process in fostering the efficiency of inter-faith dialogue.

The dynamic of youth presence in decision making process. 

The role of youth in the world affairs is increasing as the dynamic of population and the share of the youth in the world economy, social and politics affairs is increasing.

According to United Nations Population Division-Department of Economic and Social Affairs  youth shear of population will encompass an unparalleled  growth from 26% percent ( July 2013) to 38% percent by 2050 and in total the segment of the young population ( bellow 44 according to UN statistics) will grow to around 72% percent of world population.

This social dynamic will insure that by 2050, the driving force of the economic, social and cultural affairs of the world will be the youth population.

This transition from a majority of the world population appertaining to the 45-to 64 years of age generation to a majority appertaining to the 15 to 44 years of age, will be the driving force for changes in economic, social and political structure of the world.

The economic and social data are compelling a convincing case towards an increase stake in the world affairs dedicated to the young population and the philosophical and historical research had started to take under consideration this new role of young generation.

The educational experts are unanimously appreciating that, the period from 15 to 44 years of age is the period of educational development, of information accumulation and on the building and consolidation of the memory and decision making process and the sentiments etc. impending on the life status.

This period of life is instrumental in creating and shaping the role and position of individual in the social mechanism and role play in society.

Taking under consideration the social and economic impact of the generational power shifting, we must to carve a place and a role for youth in the interfaith dialogue not only as a subject of the interfaith dialogue, but also as a actor and a  power broker in the future of interfaith dialogue.

Youth and religion: sociological aspects.

Before we extend our research on the role and traditional view of the youth in the interfaith dialogue, will be useful to analyze the sociological data`s available on the role of young generation in understanding and forming personal religious values.

As the fallowing charts are exploring, indifferent to the regions of the world, economic disparities and religious denomination we are experiencing an area of common factors:

Reading sacred texts

Outside of attending religious services, about how often do you read the Bible, Koran, Torah, or other sacred book? (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)


Reading Sacred Texts (Baylor Religion Survey, Wave 2, 2007)

About how often do you pray? (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)


Frequency of prayer (General Social Survey 2010 Cross-Section and Panel Combined)

–         The ever increasing number of persons that are declaring themselves as religious persons, but are not reading the sacred texts of their religion etc. As the statistic are illustrating , almost 41% percents of them are not reading their fundamentals texts.                                                                                           This phenomena is captured and in other statistics that are also emphasizing on the poor understanding of the sacred texts, of the lack of historical and linguistic context of the sacred texts analysis and the insufficient educational background of their own religion.

The most dramatic, is the discrepancy between the religious feeling and living the religion as a part of everyday life and the accuracy of theological knowledge.    This gap between a sentimental approach to religion and a knowledge based approach to the religion fundamental texts is the most dangerous phenomenon of our days.

As the US researcher David Little observes: ″ This can lead to inflexibility and intolerance in the face of other beliefs. After all, if it is the word of God, how can one compromise it? At the same time, scripture and dogma are often vague and open to interpretation. Therefore, conflict can arise over whose interpretation is the correct one, a conflict that ultimately cannot be solved because there is no arbiter. The winner generally is the interpretation that attracts the most followers. However, those followers must also be motivated to action. Although, almost invariably, the majority of any faith hold moderate views, they are often more complacent, whereas extremists are motivated to bring their interpretation of God’s will to fruition″[1].

The liberal and the positive view on religion, cannot exist without the proper knowledge of the religious text, of the historical background of the ways to interpret the religious message and in the absence of a strong cultural base.

Taking under consideration these factors, we cannot separate the analyses of the role of young generation in the interfaith dialogue from the cultural and educational base of the religious education.

This is equally essential to the Christianity, Islam and Hebrew faith`s, al the three monotheistic religions of the world and I will like to emphasize also the special view of the Islamic world on education as the scholar Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman noted in his essay, Culture, Science and Technology: How to respond to contemporary Changes:″ Umma was build on the bases of tawhid and istikhlaf-the search of knowledge and the personal and community responsibility″ [2]   Christianity by the authoritative voices of Saint Toma D`Aquino and St. Francis of Assisi and Judaism by the voice of Moses ben Maimon-Maimonde, also advocated on education and sciences as the necessary director and chaperones of a true faith.

The role of education in promoting inter-faith dialogue.

As we can see, there is a general consensus in all the monotheistic religions upon the role of education in building, not only a correct understanding of one’s religion but also to foster the inter-faith dialogue.

A dialogue, in absence of education and culture, will never bear any fruits on the religious dilemmas.

As such we have to be aware that, especially in the case of religious education an important responsibility is incumbent on the family role in promoting the values of the true religious.

As many researchers have underlined the bases of religious fundamental core values are instilled in the early years of education under family supervision[3].

For this we have to create a family environment inclusive and directing the education of religious feeling and information`s, towards a comprehensive and open view on religion based on tolerance, acceptance of the other, acceptance of the right to his own faith and beliefs.

A family education, inducing of these values, will be in the future the first and foremost bulwark against extremism and radical view of religion.

More recent works, held under United States Institute of Peace banner ( under US Senate control) had emphasize on the importance of education patterns, laid out by educational authorities in all the country`s in creating a  special type of personality for their future citizens.

As such, many countries are emphasizing on the obedience of their citizens, on discrimination and reduced information curricula and avoid developing traits of character such as self-decision process making, initiative spirit, freedom in attitude and responsibility.

These schemes of education are known in educational psychology as authoritative personalities, more prone to be influenced by the fundamentalism, more inclined to radicalism and non-acceptance of the others[4].

The issues of education in the family, in the private area of the individual life but also on the public, official education, are intricately bond together in the necessity of building a young generation capable to confront the challenges of XXI century with an independent, educated, open-minded person, filled with initiative and resilience and capable to resist the call of the fundamentalism as an easy way out and an expediency.

In educating this young part of the society, the inter-faith dialogue could take a center stage, as no subject is more difficult, more sensitive but also more important for the future adult as the role of religion in one’s life.

In order to achieve a meaningful inter-religious related education, the experts are unanimous in emphasizing the importance of the main elements of religious education as such: teacher ( essential in conveying the message, selecting the topic and transmitting not only information`s related to inter-faith dialogue but also sentiments and attitudes), textbook ( the necessity is to create special textbooks related to inter-faith dialogue and composed by relevant information`s about monotheistic  religions, promoting dialogue and creating relevant base of educational fragments of religious texts promoting common dialogue)  and students ( they must not be regarded solely as passive receptors of informational and educational guidelines, but as creators of content related to inter-faith dialogue.)

The most recent studies[5] shows conclusive that students and participants in inter-faith dialogue can have valuable experience to share in order to crystallize a better understanding of inter faith dialogue.

Other researchers and sociological studies are emphasizing the necessity, not only to have the right environment for inter-faith dialogue, the right promoters and the perfect textbooks, but also to keep in mind the context and the desired outcomes of inter-faith dialogue.

The first two decades of inter-faith dialogue, in 1990 and 2000, did not produced many positive outcomes, because they did not proposed a specific agenda after the informational and educational presentation of inter faith dialogue benefits.

Today, in a conflict driven world, the key role of inter-faith dialogue in producing peace and better understanding in international relations, but also in internal affairs of communities and countries all around the world is widely accepted.

In order to maximize the utility of education and inter-faith dialogue, we must encompass the fallowing themes in our scheme of inter-religious dialogue:

– promoting multiple identities and enhancing the inter-faith dialogue.                  The psychological analyses on inter faith dialogue are conclusive in promoting the idea that : the best way to confront radicalism and isolation is to assume the multiple identity, not only as a member of a religion, but also as a member of a nation, of a social group, of an ethnic message.

This vision of a multi-layered person is essential in promoting mutual understanding.

– regarding young people as a part of the solutions to address the issues of inter-faith dialogue and not only an amorphous part of educational process.

– promoting respects and diversity and sharing experiences and useful good practices in inter-faith dialogue[6]

– carving active roles for participants in inter-faith dialogue based on assuming responsibilities, in creating practitioner`s themes and in getting involved in solving faith driven conflicts.

Inter-faith dialogue must not remain a sterile discussion or an intellectual fashion, but must be used as a creator of educational and character transformation and as a ferment for an active and problem solving oriented society.

– Creating mechanism`s to evaluate and to decide what is working in inter-faith dialogue and shares this good practice guide as base for foster future initiatives in this field.

The main theme of and efficient inter-faith dialogue structured on the educational values must be center on:

  1. Knowing and understanding The Other, as a part of the society, as a part of the existence and as a part of the dialogue.
  2. Understanding the structure of the inter-faith dialogue. This special kind of dialogue is not based on a winner-looser situation and is not concluded by obtaining a conversion to the others ideas, but is a win-win situation, based on educational enrichment and on accepting the difference.
  3. Fighting the stereotypes of the cultural and religious idiosyncrasy and the tradition and even the historical conceptions or fabricated myths in order to have a clear idea about the partner in dialogue and about your own values and ideas.
  4. Understanding vs. tolerance. Another misconception of the bases of inter-faith dialogue is the fact that the main issue must be tolerance as an outcome. Tolerance is only a first step of many, on the road to acceptance and understanding The Other in his true nature. Tolerance is not the end game of inter-faith dialogue it is just the beginning of the dialogue.
  5. Recent researchers are shading a signal of alarm, regarding the understanding of interfaith dialogue as a part of exotic and not authenticity. Inter-faith dialogue is based on the creeds of millions and is not an exotique display of one’s idea, or rites or cloth`s, but is based on reality and on the mutual understanding.

The main sentiment, that is a part of a true inter-faith dialogue, is the defeat of Manichaeism vision about the world and one`s religion, the end of the partition of the world in good and bad, in right and wrongs.

 

Main tasks and advantages of youth presence in inter-faith dialogue 

In order to foster and promote the positive role of youth in inter-faith dialogue, we have to take under consideration the fallowing opportunities and key aspects of establishing a large and inclusive and result oriented inter-religions dialogue.

–         The main task in youth driven dialogue must be to develop programs for interfaith reading of sacred texts in order to educate, inform, and deepen understanding of one another.

–         Keeping in mind the active role that young generation must play in inter-faith dialogue a special attention must be paid for creating task forces of activists that are creating an inclusive environment for peaceful coexistence. This can be more effectively advanced by having activists in the three communities develop a common agenda for the future in order to facilitate commitments across lines and divisions of religions.

–         In order to achieve an efficient and coherent action of such young powered inter-faith dialogue practitioner`s teams strenuous activities should be made to develop explanatory teaching materials about the three monotheistic traditions in order to be used in various levels in the educational structure and also for a special inter-faith courses. For special educational materials will be recommended an anthology on the three Monotheistic-Abrahamic traditions to be used for inter-faith promoters. In addition, courses need to be developed on Monotheistic peacemaking, teaching how the three faith traditions understand and promote peace.

–         Especially it will be useful to capitalize on the educational role of learning by doing and to create young inter-faith practitioner and promotion teams composed of representatives from the three faith traditions in order to intervene in situations of inter-faith driven conflict and tension.

–         In conflict turn area, or in role play assessment we need to develop shared mourning processes surrounding death, destruction, and injustice, particularly in relation to terrorism and acts of governmental oppression.

–         As youth learning experience is driven by sentiments and affective memory a special place must be created for a process that is encompass and promote acts that express repentance and facilitate reconciliation and mutual forgiveness.

–         It is essential to understand that the religious dialogue must also address the economic, cultural and political agenda that is fostering the conflict. Young generation is interested also in building a positive and realistic agenda addressing and the non-religious issues of any conflict.

–         Introducing in young diplomats training the manuals and information`s regarding to the role and powerful place that religious inter-faith dialogue promoters and peace builders can play in the promotion of peace and reconciliation by dialogue.

–         The role of new media’s such as: blogs, websites, and newsletters, e-mail campaigns etc. is instrumental in order to promote the main themes of inter-faith dialogue and to foster the role of religion in peace building and the actions and ideas of religious extremists that are generating interfaith fear and hostility[7] etc.

Conclusions:

The youth presence in the inter-faith dialogue must be fostered and sponsored in as thus process can offer a large area of opportunities.

The largest and more productive presence of youth in inter-faith dialogue is a necessary response to the demographic and political changes that are imposing the young generation as an even more important decisional factor in world affairs that it have ever was.

The dynamic and result oriented role of young generation is also essential in achieving faster and more clear results via constructing teams of practitioner`s in inter-faith dialogue and promoters of such type of dialogue.

The role of new media are also carving a space for young generation to have a more active role in promoting dialogue and information related to peace building based on inter-faith dialogue.


[1] David Little, “Belief, Ethnicity, and Nationalismhttp://www.usip.org/religionpeace/rehr/belethnat.html.

[2] Abdul Hamid Abu Sulayman, Culture, Science and Technology: How to respond to contemporary changes, American Journal of Islamic Social science 19, no.3, 2002, pag.79

[3] An interesting view on education and inter-faith dialogue can be observed in the article by Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Education by Zainal Abidin Bagir, Center for Religious and Cross Cultural Studies, Graduate School, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia available at http://erb.unaoc.org/images/JournalArticles/bagir.pdf

[4] Cruelty and Kindness: A New Look at Aggression and Altruism by Harvey A. Hornstein: Authoritarians – which would be extreme Parent-dominated types. One major defect? These people almost automatically discriminate between people – and reject those they consider as unworthy or not on their level, morally or in other ways. To these people: “Not all humans are created equal”(pag.40).

[5] See Sonia Nieto, Affirming Diversity–The Sociopolitical Context of Multicultural Education, 2000, 5th Ed. New York: Allyn & Bacon

[6] For example the Australian authorities announced that are creating a manual listing the good experiences in inter-faith dialogue at community level in Australia.

[7] More information on this issue and the practice side of implementing youth driven programs in the area of inter-faith dialogue could be obtain by reading the latest article of United States Institute of Peace editorial board regarding: USIP Running ‘PeaceTech Camps’ in Iraq at http://www.usip.org/publications/usip-running-peacetech-camps-in-iraq


LAOS-SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL- BECOMES WORLD`S BEST TOURIST DESTINATION

May 14, 2013

SPEECH BY H.E. PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA-PRESIDENT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON TOURISM AND TRADE

Vientiane, Lao PDR, 9 May 2013

Your Excellency Mr. Prime Minister of Peoples Democratic Republic of Lao,

Your Excellency`s distinguish members of Government of Peoples Democratic Republic of Lao

Distinguish guests ,

Dialogue between Prof.Caragea and Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong-web

We have all gather here to pay homage to an idea and to a country that embodies this idea.

The idea is encompass in the simple truth that: in XXI century tourism has become a bridge towards  knowledge and friendship between peoples and countries , a way to promote peace and understanding , a road that leads towards a better future.

We have also gather here to express our appreciation for a country and a people  that will embody in 2013 this triumphant spirit of tourism: the people of Lao.

I must re-emphasize that: tourism is in the XXI century, not only a way to enjoy life, to discover new places, new cultures but also a mass phenomenon that combines sightseeing, recreation and health care.

Tourism has become, in the world today, an intrinsic value of human life and experience and what I like to call a natural right of all people: the right to move freely, to express freely and to enjoy a life of adventure and discoveries.

Undoubtedly, for a country tourism is a constant and serious source of revenue, is becoming an important factor to promote development, to build roads, to offer to people a source of income and employment, a source of prosperity.

But, material significance of tourism must not elapse the true value of tourism: as a  way for people`s to build bridges of friendship and tolerance , to discover different cultures, ideas and way`s of life, to embrace the beauty of being different .

We must also clearly mark that: tourism must be based on a set of values such as nature preservation, cultural and historical patrimony conservation for future generation and exactly for this need we have carved WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION AWARD  as an international recognition for the country`s that are respecting this values .

Dialogue between Prof.Caragea and Professor Bosengkham Vongdara-web

I must say what a privilege is for our delegation  to honor a country that is becoming a WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION.

It is also a great pleasure to address our salute to the great people of  Lao, a people that had build throughout centuries a perfect civilization, with hundreds of monuments of historical and civilization relevance ,a people that had offered to humanity countless riches: from religious temple and scriptures to literary texts and historical writings .

Today, Lao had become a cultural and touristic world power and the main credit belongs, without a doubt, to the great people of Laos, that from 1975 onwards is constructing a life of dignity, liberty and tolerance in a free country.

Today, in a world that rarely accepts and tolerates difference, we come to honor a country of TOLERANCE, in a world crowded with pseudo-culture, without a form and substance ,  we come today to honor a TRUE CULTURE , in a world that is loosing the true values, we come today the honor a real  TOURISTIC VALUE, in a time in which to many speak and do not act for historical sites  preservation , we come to honor a PARADISE OF HISTORY , we come to honor the People`s Democratic Republic of LAO .

Here, we have all gather to show our support for the  values of  humanity, of educational and cultural tourism . We are all here in the search for a country that offer to tourists a complete experience , a country that educates spirit, elevates soul and gives everybody a lesson in history and culture.

We all have found in LAO the perfect teacher in tourism, offering to all the tourist`s of the world the possibility of a safe, pleasurable and enlightening tourist experience.

Among the reasons leading to awarding WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 title to PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS our report had taken under consideration:

–  The preservation of an outstanding historical and cultural patrimony that comprises wonderful sites such as: Wat Phu- a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 12th century, the remarkable site from Plain of Jars, offering an insight into Neolithic civilization and a rare window into traditions of centuries.

A name that needs no introduction:  the UNESCO heritage site of Luang Prabang, with the gems of Haw Kham and Vat Xieng Toung monastery.

I could continue for hours this list of treasures, but I will enumerate just in  Vientiane- Wat Si Saket, the oldest temple of the city and the world famous That Luang complex.

Today, Lao is offering an open air museum, a rare collection of historical and archeological treasures that educate and enrich the world.

– The preservation of religious sites of world significance and value such as: Wat Xieng Thong,  one of the most important of world Buddhism monasteries and remains a significant place for the spirit of religion and traditional art. Other sites that must be mentioned such as: Wat Phu ( UNESCO heritage site) and Champasak Cultural Landscape ( under UNESCO recognition).

Keeping alive spiritual tradition, integrating tourist`s and visitors in the atmosphere of the Lao people, offering possibility for an enriching cultural experience, are all achievements that transform Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO in a spiritual destination of first hand.

–                      Promoting a new concept of  community based tourism, friendly to nature, with low ecological impact and preservation of natural biodiversity and protection of endangered species and areas, especially rainforest eco-climate.

Community based ecotourism is a way to share revenues and income, to support rural communities in prospering and presenting there foodstuff and handicrafts to the world and to make the base for an economic local development.                  Sharing tourism benefits to all the population, offering a social tourism it is a lesson that Lao is offering to the world.

Supporting Lao community tourism project as a way to spread wealth, it is a duty for everybody and one of the main reason for portraying Laos as a world example of democratic tourism , a tourism that is not only offering benefits to the rich, but to all people. Lao example must be appreciated and supported , and all tourist that are going to Lao must know that an investment in Lao tourism is an investment in the future of Lao people.

–                      Offering to tourists not only a historical and outstanding cultural experience but also the possibility to explore nature , to contribute to ecological preservation and the opportunity to visit extraordinary space such as: Nam Ngum reservoir , Bolaven plateau, Mekong river islands , Mekong river boat trip , Tad Kouangsi  waterfall , the cave of de Ting . All this are model of achievements in ecological and green tourism that must be world recognized .

–                      The continuous development and protection of cultural and historical patrimony of Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO, the transformation of Vientiane  in a historical and spiritual center offering to the visitor a glimpse into rich culture and heritage of  peoples of Lao.

For all this reasons, among many others, European Council on Tourism and Trade decided, unanimously, to award WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 title to PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS and to declare PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS- FAVORITE CULTURAL DESTINATION in 2013.

Welcome to Vientiane-web

This title is an international recognition of  Your work for Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO  until today, in the service of history and civilization, tourism and culture , in the service of the people of  LAO,  but is also a challenge because now we are expecting your services in the future benefit of the world culture and tourism.

May this award be transformed in a support for developing the international standing of Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO , for a sustainable tourism  and development and in a base for further success for SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL – Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO .

 

Is my privileged to award Your Excellency, as representative of tourism of PEOPLE`S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF LAOS  the award  for WORLD BEST TOURIST DESTINATION FOR 2013 .

 

We congratulate You and people of Peoples Democratic Republic of LAO for this outstanding   achievements.

 


KAZAKHSTAN 2050: CHARTING A NATION TO PROSPERITY AND GLOBAL SIGNIFICANCE by professor dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, DrHC

December 27, 2012

We are living through difficult and boisterous time. A period of rapid changes in world economic and political system, a time of powerful crisis that is shaking the fundaments of national states and of national economies and is putting under strain the social protection and all the values of economic neo-liberalism.

professor dr.Anton Caragea at kazakhstan 2050

 
In this chaotic period, just a few nations are allowed the luxury of economic and political long time forecast and predictability: China and United States are creating and proposing to their people and foreign partners a long term vision of development and national statehood construction.
In a time of peril and un-certitude, when even a short time economic prediction is considered hazardous, just a few nations are having the will to act as beacons of lights and direction for their region.

In 17th of December 2012 Kazakhstan had enter to this select club of nations, conscientious of their role and position in the continental and world stage by presenting an ambitious, realistic and well carved plan for future of Kazakhstan until 2050.
By the voice of his President, Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kazakhstan had created the prototype of a long term, healthy and stable construction model for the country, the region and the world.

Kazakhstan 2030: weathering the storm and creating a nation.

Kazakhstan it is not at the first step in a managed transition towards a stable and democratic society and a powerful economy.
In 1997 Kazakhstan had already carved the landmarks of his astonishing development by the presidential strategy- Kazakhstan 2030.
Far from being just a window dressing, the strategy for 2030 had proved to be a perfect way for charting Kazakhstan after the independence in the incertitude of nation building and construction of a viable economy.
The program had allowed Kazakhstan to tap into national reserves of oil and gas, to gush out of the enclave country status via the reconstructed Silk Road of energy and trade, to create a modern economy, not depending only on energy resources, to build a huge potential of national intelligence and to foster the economy of knowledge, the base for a XXI century reliable economy.

The long string of economic successes was accompanied in the internal sphere by political stability, based on democratic and open society values, the protection of national and religious minorities.
In the area of external policy, Kazakhstan had gather the powerful laurels of a successful reform project carried out during his Presidency of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. An impressive success was also the unprecedented two year chairmanship of Organization of Islamic Conference that transformed Kazakhstan in a leader of dialogue between Islam and Western world.

The latest major diplomatic achievement of Kazakhstan was the proposal of building an area of security and cooperation in Europe and Asia, launched in September 2012, in Astana, at CICA Conference by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. This latest proposal makes Kazakhstan the promoter of an all-inclusive, intercontinental dialogue, that could transform the political landscape of XXI century.
In the end, Kazakhstan 2030 had proved to be not only a successful strategy for Kazakhstan, but also an example for all the countries of the world on how a nation by the sole fact of building himself, can become a regional and world significant player.

The main pillar of Kazakhstan 2050: understanding of XXI century.

In its world acclaimed book: The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the famous Lawrence of Arabia had mentioned that: the most important, but also decisive part of a plan is to be in line with the necessity of his time.
Kazakhstan 2050 starts by outlining the fundaments of the world in XXI century. A period of change, of accelerating history, of economic, political and ecological challenges, a world completely different from the world of XX century.
Instead of training to force the reality to enter in the realm of possibility, Kazakhstan 2050 is offering a realistic and practical assessment of the necessities of today world and of the available solutions.
Fallowing his long term tradition, Kazakhstan understands that creating a success story and offering solutions to the world is the best way to serve not only his interest, but also to add value to his place in the world.
Kazakhstan 2050: good news for people of Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan had become in the last 20 years an abode of peace, inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding in a troubled world. One of the explanation is undoubtedly the economic success that made the Kazakhstan not only one of the fastest growing economy in the world, but also a top investor destination in the world economy statistics.

Kazakhstan 2050 is providing the basis for this healthy economy to continue his growth process. Investing in social protection and creating a strong internal demand are key factors for a stable rate of growth. Modernizing the economic potential, investing in new technologies are policy that will insure the world competitiveness of Kazakhstan national economy and the creation of a knowledge based economy are also a profitable long term investment.

The modern economy is based on technological transfer and Kazakhstan is becoming a champion in modernizing the basis of his economy via technology transfer and more important, Kazakhstan educational system mixed with the accent on entrepreneurship in economic development is creating the base for a managerial revolution, that will put Kazakhstan among the top economy`s of the world in term of creativity and intelligence incorporated in economic production.

Extremely interesting it is also the concept of a Kazakhstan patriotism. Instead of playing the card of nationalism or chauvinism, President Nursultan Nazarbayev is calling for the tradition, language and equality to blend into a new and successful Kazakh: a person well educated, wealthy , healthy enjoying the benefits of a modern state and administration and a state of the art medical system.
Kazakhstan is promising to put at the core of his foundation plan for 2050 the individual and his chances to prevail in a complex XXI century.

From Kazakhstan to the world. From world to Kazakhstan.

One of the keys of Kazakhstan national and international success was understanding that Kazakhstan could not evolve alone in the world, but always must stay in touch and be an intricate part of the world evolutions. There are many examples that support this conjecture in Kazakhstan two decades of independence story.

Kazakhstan economic miracle was built on partnership with western companies and oil extraction technology, but also on political negotiation with Russia on Caspian Sea exploration.
The Astana Expo 2017 will also be a proof of the lesson of mutual profit that Kazakhstan is offering to the world. Kazakhstan management of energy, the lessons of ecology and energy for a future, of environment protection, are going to be beneficial for the world economy and for the generations to come. This is just a new illustration of the Kazakhstan concept of successful quest for global significance.
Kazakhstan economic development had transformed the country in a major player in the development of Asia and Europe. Kazakhstan 2050 promises to continue this wise policy: from Kazakhstan to the world, from world to Kazakhstan, creating a synergy that could only beneficial for all the world nations.

Now the lessons of Kazakhstan 2050 are available for everybody: an example of a society of free people building a country for the future, not in isolation or competition, but in harmony with the world nations. In the concert of nations Kazakhstan is ushering in a new tone: a tone of hope.

Professor dr. Anton Caragea MA, FINS, Dr.Hc


EUROPE-ASIA CONFERENCE ON SECURITY AND COOPERATION. A PLAN FOR PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE XXI CENTURY By Professor dr Anton Caragea MA, FINS, EDA

December 19, 2012

EURASIA SECURITY CONCEPT. A PLAN FOR PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE XXI CENTURY By Professor dr Anton Caragea MA, FINS, EDA 

Anton caragea finalizeaza conferinta

The illusory perfect world of the XXI century.

At the beginning of the twentieth century optimistic geopolitics, led by the famous thinker Francis Fukuyama, believed that we are witnessing the fulfilling prophecy on the end of history.
At first glance everything seemed to give them justice: the market economy seem to liquidate traditional inequalities between countries and promised an era of overall development and steady growth of the living standards.
If, on the level of the individual safety, market economy promised abundance and absence of crises, in the field of global security the developments seemed to ensure a better future.

The permanent EU enlargement ensured security on the European continent, joining former Cold War adversaries in a forum of development, democracy, security and general welfare, it seemed that a future in which even Russia will become a member of the European Union was not one too far away.
On military level NATO appeared to be an invincible military shield and it seemed to become even a global alliance which was to provide at indications of the Security Council, missions to impose global order. The global equation of stability seems solidly built.
Nothing has remained from this perfect picture of a better world.
NATO intervention in Afghanistan and the defeat suffered has influenced the future plans of the Alliance, the announced withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, ends long-standing contingency plans for NATO trouble spots.
From now on there will be only punctual interventions with duration of less than one year, the only ones that the Alliance can do effectively.
Instead of a coherent NATO interventions focusing on post-conflict reconstruction, we started to become witnesses of illegal intervention or of unilateral actions from the NATO members, which do not only exceed the action out of the alliance, but it also contradicts its fundamental principles.
The EU crisis, which began as an economic crisis that hit Greece, Spain, Portugal and Ireland became a general economic crisis and blocked the expansion of the political union, expansion was supposed to be a future of prosperity for Europe.
The EU political crisis threatens more and more achievements that were once considered as permanent certainties: the right to free movement is questioned, the right to work is severely restricted and fined and the portrait of EU as a club of democracies is as severe questioned by the expansion of right-wing parties and by the blocking of the democratic mechanisms which no longer work on the continent.

Increased security risks.

The collapse of the safety certainties led to the revival and development of security risks: forgotten border conflicts are worldwide present, territorial conflicts in the Far East are among the most visible.
In Europe, the Kosovo crisis questioned the stability of the boundaries drawn after World War II, and there are here additional trouble spots throughout the Balkans and throughout Central Europe.
All these attract with them increased security risks and general instability, with only two possible outcomes: return to arms race and to the conflicts we thought forgotten after 1945 or rebuilding a new system of global security.

Voice of reason.

In September 2012, when leaders of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) was held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, the usual speech reception, group pictures and final smiles were expected.
They were to have a surprise. Before them, their host President Nursultan Nazarbayev presented a comprehensive project to revive the dialogue and reduce tensions in the Euro-Asian.
It was not the first time the president of Kazakhstan surprised their guests with comprehensive and ambitious reform plans.
Everyone remembers in 2010, when Kazakhstan took over the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Everyone expected a usual cosmetic presidency, of a prestigious organization in free fall and utility. It was not to be like this.
President Nursultan Nazarbayev launched a project to reform and restructure the OSCE, put in foreground the overall security projects and the restoration of OSCE action potential. The organization was not able to meet leaders in 1999, Kazakhstan has managed to achieve this performance. OSCE failed for two decades to bring together the civil society leaders, but in 2010, within the Conference of Bucharest, Kazakhstan has managed to do that.
At the end of a one year term, Kazakhstan has managed to inject fresh vigor into an organization that seemed irreversible affected by routine and inefficiency.
Now the voice of reason, the voice of Kazakhstan, is heard again: it is time for a platform of security and cooperation in the Euro-Asian and Euro-Atlantic area.

The security and cooperation platform.

The New Security and Cooperation initiative, launched by President Nursultan Nazarbayev states:
– Creation of a zone of stability that connects the Atlantic and Asia, the European and Asian continents.
– Establishment of a mechanism of interaction, flexible and based on tangible results and creation of communication channels.
– Unification of the countless existing organizations on global security: NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), CSOT (Collective Security Treaty Organization), CICA (Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia), the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe).
– Focus of the dialogue on general security issues, banning the nuclear tests – initiative ATOM (stopping nuclear tests worldwide)
The methods of the new organization: Platform for Security and Cooperation Euro-Asian and they promise to help ease the global climate:
– Imposing the consensus as the only method of action of the new organization
– Solving of the crises by dialogue and diplomatic means
– Focus new organization on the central problems such as geopolitical rivalry / reducing global distrust / fight illegal migration / fight against trafficking in human beings and drugs / counter terrorism and extremism and suppression of territorial claims.

Kazakhstan – clear action, concrete results.

President Nursultan Nazarbayev said from the very beginning that his country will lead by example and will convince through clear results about the usefulness of its initiative.
Thus Kazakhstan launched in 1990, a successful initiative for the denuclearization of the region Central Asia, closed the nuclear test polygon from Semipalatinsk and gave up a huge arsenal of nuclear weapons (third in the world after the U.S. and Russia).
With such results, Kazakhstan took the flag of the fight for nuclear disarmament, having demonstrated that a nuclear country may renounce its weapons for promoting world peace. Not by words but by deeds, seems to be the motto of Kazakhstan’s international action.
Thus, President Nazarbayev announced at the nuclear disarmament meeting in Seoul, the initiative to create an international bank for uranium, an entity meant to control the resources and use of nuclear material for peaceful projects.
The establishment of such a bank would block traffic fusion materials, would allow nuclear arms control and allow the commencement of global nuclear disarmament. The new initiative received immediate support from the United States and the United Nations, as being the only reasonable proposal to address the problem of trafficking in nuclear materials.
Meanwhile, Kazakhstan has proposed a less ambitious goal, the ATOM initiative to ban nuclear tests and has made this initiative a decision available to all people, building a specialized website where any responsible citizen can support initiatives designed to have a world without the risk of nuclear tests.
In Afghanistan, where the military solution failed, Kazakhstan has shown that the humanitarian solution gives results: hundreds of Afghan students graduate courses in Kazakh universities, laying the foundations, by providing the necessary personnel for the economic, administrative and health recovery of a country devastated and laying the foundations of a return to normality. Also construction of social facilities (schools, hospitals, health centers) developed the only strategy that works: higher standards of living.
The counter-drug fight reduces the sources of income of the destructive elements and Afghanistan rises again from the ashes of a failed military intervention.
As to the economic crisis, the Kazakhstan’s president has built in his country the third world economy as growth rate, but he was concerned that only nation achieves economic growth, but he also provided a platform for combating global crisis.
The solutions to fight the crisis were offered free, together with the necessary consultation.
While other solutions have failed and world organizations have enormous cost, the Kazakhstan’s offers as a solution to the crisis is only up to people affected by the crisis if they want to apply or not.
Finally, the most recent contribution of Kazakhstan to the political and economic crisis, is the rebuilding the Silk Road. The Silk Road brought prosperity and security from Asia to Europe for two millennia.
Now with 5,000 kilometers of road built by Kazakhstan will link China to St. Petersburg and bring raw materials in emerging markets in Asia and will connect the European consumers with products offered by the Asian market.
By its revolution in transport, Kazakhstan has become the bridge between Asia and Europe, the area of transport and logistics and has become the host of dozens of trans-regional and multilateral organizations, connecting the Asia-Pacific, Europe-Atlantic area.

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Romania-Kazakhstan: a joint voice for global security

After offering the example of a modern nation, contributing effectively to the global debate on crucial issues such as nuclear safety and solving of the global economic crisis, the new proposal of the President Nursultan Nazarbayev promises to offer a solution to avoid a ravaging conflict in the XXI century.
Romania’s response to the initiative of Kazakhstan can only be positive, given the long tradition of Romanian efforts towards disarmament and creation of a global security system.
The Romanian voice must be with Kazakhstan’s initiative in setting up the platform for Security and Cooperation in the Euro-Asian and Euro-Atlantic integration, as the only reliable solution to ensure not only national security but also to bring our contribution to the great idea debate of the century.
Our country’s voice must be heard again in support of world peace!

Speech delivered by professor dr. Anton Caragea as the President of Conference for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Asia -Bucharest-November 2012


PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA MA,FINS EDA RECEIVES THE PRIZE ON VOCATION FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

December 3, 2012

On 30th of November 2012, the ceremony of handing out the awards for diplomatic and international relations activity, hosted by the Balkans and Europe Magazine has taken place.

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Professor dr. Anton Caragea receiving the PRIZE ON VOCATION FOR  INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION.

The prizes are destined to render homage to the most important personalities of Romanian diplomatic life, personalities that had a long standing and positive influence in forging Romanian foreign policy and in supporting a better international image for our country.

Professor dr. Anton Caragea, Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation was hailed as the best romanian diplomat of this year, receiving the PRIZE ON VOCATION FOR  INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION .

In the last period, the PRIZE ON VOCATION FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION was bestowed upon such lofty personalities as: Macedonian President-Boris Trajkovski, Azerbaijan President: Ilham Aliyev and Greece Prime Minister, Constantinos Simitis etc.

In the official handing out ceremony, offering the response to the presentation made by Mr. Carol Roman, Director of Balkans and Europe Magazine, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had taken the rostrum presenting the main highlights of his vision of Romanian foreign policy.

Professor dr. Anton Caragea had underlined the necessity that Romanian voice must be regarded as the voice of Europe, and when Bucharest is stating a foreign policy decision this must be also regarded as an European voice. Romania is a fundamental element of European construction, concluded professor Anton Caragea.

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Professor dr. Anton Caragea on the rostrum for the acceptance speech 

Another basic principle of foreign policy must be the necessity for Romania to forge new partnership`s, a tradition that has proven useful for Romania in the past and must be revived.

The revival of this long standing tradition had transformed the foreign policy landscape of Romania as seen by the favorable examples of Romania`s relations with Kazakhstan and United Arab Emirates.

By strategic partnership with Kazakhstan, Romania was able to host in February 2010 the Preparatory Conference on OSCE reform  and the theories presented in the Bucharest Conference had being transformed in key elements of the OSCE agenda of reform, debated in the High Level Astana Conference in December 2010.

In 2011, Romania hosted the most important international conference, after the one held in Washington, to mark the independence of Kazakhstan.

In 2012, Romania was the first European country to announce his support for Astana-Kazakhstan capital, as the host for EXPO 2017 international exhibition. Also in 2012, the two decades of successful diplomatic relations between Romania and Kazakhstan where celebrated with pomp and ceremony.

I must also emphasize on the hosting by Romania of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe and Asia, in November 2012, occasion for the Romanian elite to express his staunch support for the Kazakhstan President-Nursultan Nazarbayev, plan to forge an area of security and cooperation between Europe and Asia.

This are just a few moments of a bilateral relation that must be regarded as an example for the future of Romanian foreign policy, concluded his allocution professor A. Caragea.

Professor dr. Anton Caragea had also mentioned the results of his visits to United Arab Emirates, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan as elements of building new cooperation bridges.

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Professor dr. Anton Caragea with Ambassador of UAE-Yacoub Yousef Al Hosani and Kazakhstan Charge d`affairs -Talgat Kaliyev.

Kazakhstan and United Arab Emirates are among the countries that have a rapid growing bilateral relation with Romania during professor Anton Caragea term in office.

 

Accompanied by thunderous applause of the assistance, professor dr.Anton Caragea had received the PRIZE ON VOCATION FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION    as a statement of appreciation for his lofty diplomatic activity.

On this occasion where also honored, for their role on bilateral relations development, the Ambassador of Peoples Republic of China Mrs. Huo Yuzhen , Ambassador of Bulgaria Mr. Aleksandar Filipov and Ambassador of United States to Romania etc.

 

The PRIZE ON VOCATION FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION was previously received by: Macedonian President-Boris Trajkovski, Azerbaijan President: Ilham Aliyev and Greece Prime Minister, Constantinos Simitis.

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PROFESSOR DR. ANTON CARAGEA NAMED AS AMBASSADOR FOR WORLD NATURAL PROTECTED AREAS

December 18, 2011

On 13 December 2011 on United Nations Headquarters in Romania was unveiled the special initiative on protecting natural areas of United Nations Development Program ( UNDP) .

On this occasion Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was presented with the appointment of  Goodwill Ambassador At Large for the World Natural Protected Area. Professor Dr. Anton Caragea was empowered to speak on behalf the ecological and protection program`s regarding protected natural area and to represent on world stage the necessity issues related to: integrated environment into development , environment and finance, local development, climate change, sustainable energy, ecosystems and biodiversity, ozone and climate , climate strategy etc.

In his acceptance speech as Goodwill Ambassador for Natural Protected Area Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had appreciated the wealth of Romanian natural protected area evaluated at more than 23 natural and national parks that are representing a priority for natural conservation in Romania and for the world.  This regions will be a priority for me and also we have to emphasize the educational vision in promoting natural area protection and development, touristic opportunities, conservationist education programs and international aid. All this all the pillars of developing and insuring financial independence and sustainability for natural protected areas, concluded professor dr. Anton Caragea.

The discussion concluded with the UNDP Country Representative presentation of the UNDP plans main features: The natural environment is the foundation on which poverty reduction efforts and sustainable development must be built. Poor people everywhere depend critically on environmental assets and energy resources for their livelihoods and well-being. It is widely recognized that recent and ongoing global shocks, food, fuel, financial, climate change, have linkages, if not in some cases direct lineage, to environmental issues related to the use and management environmental systems and services. Therefore, mainstreaming environment and sustainable development, including climate change, in national development planning and implementation is central to UNDP`s poverty reduction and Millennium Development Goal mission.

Professor Anton Caragea PhD, MA, FINS – Ambassador for Natural Protected Area visiting Trinidad and Tobago- Chaguaramas Natural Protected Area