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Strategikon Summit wraps up: Romania still has “certain lessons” to learn about good governance

Romania still has certain lessons of good governance to learn – is the conclusion of Ioan Mircea Pascu (photo) and Corneliu Visoianu – leaders of Strategikon think tank, at the end of the Good Governance Summit organised these days in Bucharest, the first of this kind in Romania.

The Strategikon Vice President Corneliu Visoianu said that practically one could talk about a reassignment of the planet.

“From where we stay, I believe that Romania should extremely carefully consider this outlook, because even if not plenary and acknowledged, we are in a hybrid war, as it is defined, and after any war peace follows, or this peace will be a peace that is to be negotiated in the years to come and Romania is part of this process, it historically depends on which side it will be. From this point, it is important to develop any kind of dialogue, to being together along us the expertise we need and to swap ideas because, if we want to head to somewhere, anywhere, dialogue is the main means we could do it,” Corneliu Visoianu told Agerpres.

He stressed that this first conference is one step forward, because this fall an economic forum is going to be organised.

“Obviously, one cannot do politics, especially social politics or crisis politics, in the first place, with no financial resources, and we are going to try to bring [various factors] to the same table, with higher accent on the economic area, firstly, because beyond doubt the leadership needs money to implement their projects. (…) 2017 will be a year of changes, of great challenges. Remains to be seen what happens in France, in Germany. We are part of a Europe that is hardly finding its rhythm, that is waiting in a way or another, in the current format, a negotiation among the three powers – the U.S., China and Russia – and we, in our turn, are part of this process with a great historical opportunity. (…) The great challenge is to come in 2019, when we will be able or not to give the measure of our wisdom. If we make it to cross this threshold – 2019 – in a favourable way, I believe we will have a chance to position ourselves, at least this time from the historical point of view, on the good side of the things as regards the new world order. If not, we will probably be condemned for another decades, perhaps, to wait for another ‘new great change’,” said Visoianu.

In his turn, MEP Ioan Mircea Pascu, honorary president of Strategikon, believes that the topic chosen was generous, allowing the rapprochement of several matters, considering that the “good governance” is an element that today has become defining.

“Countries are divided into well-governed and not so well-governed countries. And this is a phenomenon that does not apply just to certain states. (…) By the value of the participants, by their contribution, by the fact that we could talk openly, I believe we could have a very broad baggage of knowledge on this topic and we could say that now, after two days of discussions, we know more than at the start of the meeting. We have addressed geostrategic matters too, several messages were exchanged between the Americans and the Russians, we have talked about concrete matters linked to the reform in Pakistan, for instance, or in Kuwait. Likewise, we have tackled concrete topics, such as the presidential election in France, that will have an outcome on Sunday, and we have also talked about Brexit. All in all, we have very well chosen this subject,” Ioan Mircea Pascu told Agerpres.

 

Former CIA Director: Romanians should be proud of their troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan

 

“Romanians should be proud of their troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan”, former CIA Director David Petraeus told a press conference occasioned by the Good Governance Summit organized in Bucharest by the Strategikon think-tank.

Petraeus added that Romania has proved to be a net contributor and that the conduct and professionalism of the servicemen, officers and intelligence structures were impressive.

He also said that he enjoyed being in Bucharest, at a time when Romania is among the first states to commit 2 pct of GDP for defence this year, which is a highly important aspect for NATO, considering the countries’ pledges a few years ago.

Petraeus pointed out that the Romanian forces in Afghanistan had to cover a very tough area and were faced with many difficulties, and that – in a very significant commitment – Romania increased its military deployment there to almost 2,000; the former CIA Director said that he remains grateful to the Romanian political and military leaders for what they did at that time, but also in the next period.

David Petraeus said that he had a very good discussion with the Chief of Romania’s Army Staff, Gen. Nicolae Ciuca, and that the continuation of the process of the Romanian forces’ professionalization is very important. He also appreciated that up until now, the Trump administration’s approach to defence can be characterized by continuity rather than by change, despite the statements made during the campaign.

“As you know, the US foreign policy has always been a battle between idealistic and realistic impulses and motivations. And there has always been a balance between them, sometimes a little in favor of one side or the other. And maybe that’s what we are also witnessing now”, said Petraeus.

 

Kurt Volker: Strong, healthy, democratic and thriving Romania represents a better ally in NATO

 

Kurt Volker, former U.S. representative with the NATO, present on Friday in Bucharest, declared that a strong, healthy, democratic and thriving Romania represents a better ally and contributor in the North-Atlantic Alliance.

Volker’s explanations followed the Chief of Staff, General Nicolae Ciuca’s question in relation to the recommendations that would be needed in order to strengthen Romania’s role in ensuring security in the region.

In his turn, the former Commander of NATO’s Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, general Mark Breedlove highlighted that there are several NATO member states in the Black Sea vicinity and their cooperation is important in order to reach a shared vision on this region’s role.

When tackling the more general situation of the international political context, Kurt Volker deemed that the most profound moment of changes might have been overcome. In that regard, he anticipated that Emmanuel Macron will be elected president of France, which will have a positive impact. He also opined that the early elections in the U. K. will clarify a series of aspects as regards the leadership of this country. Volker also spoke about the NATO summit that will be held this month and that will allow the Alliance to focus on the challenges it faces.

The former U. S. representative with the NATO hailed the fact that the lawmaking process has started to work in the U. S. A., but also that the philosophical debates as to the path chosen by the Administration will endorse professionalism.

Volker concluded by appreciating that the “seeds of change” might already be seen following the latest talks on the profound transformations society is undergoing.

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