Emil Constantinescu, President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization and former President of Romania between 1996-2000, participated on Monday, September 30th, 2019, together with other former and current heads of state, to the funeral of French President Jacques Chirac.
”The old world of the Levant may serve as a source of inspiration for new relationships between states and nations, based on mutual understanding and not on military and economic pressure. Egyptian, Judaic, Assyrian, Babylonian, Phoenician civilizations, Arabian Caliphates, the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires created, each in their own way, large spaces for the exchange of goods, ideas and cultural dialogue. Eastern Mediterranean has fascinated the West since the Renaissance, through Romanticism and Modern times and the admiration of great writers, artists and musicians for the Levant has generated/given birth to magnificent visions and remarkable creation. The cultural relationships between the Balkans, Near East and Northern Africa have continued throughout the 20thcentury, even during the Cold War and dictatorship, leading to the formation of an intellectual elite schooled in the universities of South-eastern Europe and to mutual cultural exchange. Re-connecting these ties may prove a good occasion for the diversity of mutual traditions to oppose the tendencies of uniformity and globalization overwhelmed by the pressure of profit, opening a new way of life, closer to the aspirations ofman. If globalization cannot be avoided, it can be modeled. Multiculturalism should be promoted and lived with respect for diversity, plurality of identity traditions, for human rights and liberty of conscience. This visionary project of the Levant, adapted to the challenges of the present, will confer this area a new identity within Europe and the whole world...” mai mult...
The Levant Initiative for Global Peace
”Through Cultural Diplomacy towards a Sustainable Peace”, 20th – 21st of November 2017, The Parliament of Romania, Bucharest
Călin Popescu Tăriceanu, President of the Romanian Senate
«Only by reducing the tenseness of the relations appeared as a result of differences and only by open-minded turning to good account of confluences we can engage in a common action aiming at attaining objectives of security, economy and social order. We should take cultural diversity not as a distancing element but as an opening to unique opportunities of cooperation. We are called to further the understanding the unifying items in the cultures of the Levant, so as to overcome stereotypes, change mentalities and think in terms of cooperation for peace in this region of exceptional history and traditions.»
Prof. dr. Emil Constantinescu, President of the ISACCL
«It is our duty to remember that in the fundamental books of the three great monotheistic religions that appeared in the space of the Levant, the Torah, the New Testament and the Koran everything is about peace and mutual understanding, not about war. We should not forget that the notion of «religion» pre-supposes, far and foremost, the existence of dialogue from which each and every person learns something. The common denominator is the human being in all its aspects. From this perspective as well the Muslim, the Christian and the Judean can work together in order to understand the world's greatest mystery: man.»
Prof. dr. Heitor Gurgulino de Souza, President of the World Academy of Art and Science
«The World Academy of Art and Science was established by distinguished individuals concerned by the impact of the explosive growth of knowledge. The spirit of the academy can be best expressed in the words of Albert Einstein, who supported its the creation: «the creation of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse for the mankind». When they created the academy, they would think of function as a informal world university as the highest scientific and ethical level, to rediscover deep human understanding in the fullest sense. We will count on the collaboration and participation of the ISACCL.»
«We live in a world of unprecedented speed, complexity, and uncertainty. All of the tremendous progress we've made over the last 200 years seems to be inadequate, all the knowledge we have today seems to be inadequate to cope with the challenges that we face in the 21st century. We forget that the foundation for the successful functioning of any institution is the software on which it runs, which is culture. Culture represents the essential knowledge that humanity has gained over millenium. This new institute focusing on culture has to draw the essential knowledge that the humanity has acquired in the past, so that we can move on to the future.»
The Bucharest Forum: ”The Levant – the Cradle of Cultural Diplomacy. Re-discovering the Mediterranean”, May 24-25 2013, The Parliament of Romania, Bucharest
Prof. dr. Remus Pricopie, Rector of the National School of Political Science and Public Administration
«If we accept the idea that the Oriental, the Levantine, as well as the Occidental civilisations had their own roles in developing the Romanian culture and society, that it is more important to understand the context, the causes and the effects of those influences and not only the extent to which they have manifested or continue to manifest on the Romanian territory, we will see that both understanding the spiritual outline, as well as the mentalities of Romanian people become clearer.»
Academician Ionel Haiduc, President of the Romanian Academy
«I am honored to speak here on the behalf of Romanian Academy. The Romanian Academy is a national academy of science, literature and arts covering all areas of knowledge and culture. A few years ago a Nobel laureate said – I quote ”in the past the strength of countries are measured by the size of their armies. Now it depends on their scientific potential, military and economic of course depending on science. Science means competition and cooperation.” I will speak about cooperation.»
Ivo Šlaus, President of the World Academy of Art and Science
«As important as the biological diversity is so is the cultural diversity. Indeed there is even a concept just like we have intelligence caution and emotional caution so we have a cultural caution so it actually measures how quickly we are using our cultural background in interacting with other cultures and creating a global world and possibly trying to solve the problems.
All of this are interconected with other important subject and this is the subject of education.»
Katalin Bogyay, President of the General Conference of UNESCO
«Soft power representing the future of international relations because we are destined to reach a level of consciousness where the threat of use of force, either military or economic, will be simply unthinkable. Of course, we will never lose the human urge for competition, nor should we. The societies will continue to influence each other within the framework of cultural peace and mutual respect, competing in their abilities, to get other to complete their goals through attraction and persuasion. Is it only a dream?»
”Emil Constantinescu is a brilliant, original, and deep thinker. He consistently explores some of the most fundamental, philosophical, and normative questions about the position of the self-system in the larger political culture of state, continent, and planet. In his article “Managing Uncertainty – A Challenge for Contemporary Society”, he provides profound and mature insights into the political implications of the experience of both servitude and uncertainty. The problem with servitude is often false stability and an effort to freeze social relations. Such an approach benefits the rise of an authoritarian class. On the other hand, there is uncertainty which provokes insecurity. On the other hand, uncertainty is a profound existential challenge. Uncertainty provides more choice for human responsibility for human choice. As Emil Constantinescu says, “Uncertainty grows without awareness of the place that humans occupy in the world.” He also adds, “If man cannot be defined in his intimate structure, can we define the world that holds him?” Emil Constantinescu is a profound and original thinker and this piece is a deep exploration of the fundamental problem of the temptations of an illusory stability and the challenge of profound transformation.”Winston Nagan, Editor
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