Visit to the Institute of Balkan Studies (Thessaloniki, Greece, June 11th 2019)
On the 11th of June 2019, the President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (IASLCC), Professor Emil Constantinescu, visited the headquarters of the Institute of Balkan Studies in Thessaloniki, Greece, to meet with its General Director, Mrs. Paroula Naskou-Perraki.
Established in 1953 under the oversight the Society for Macedonian Studies, the Institute for Balkan Studies (IMXA) has been operating under the direct supervision of the Greek Ministry of Education and Religion since 1974. Its main objectives aim to promote a better understanding of the trends that determined the social and political evolution of South-Eastern Europe, and to disseminate it both within the academic environment and the international community at large. The IMXA currently operates the largest library that specializes in Balkan Studies in Greece, established to serve the academic interests and preoccupations of researchers into Balkan history and culture. Fully digitized, more than 30.000 volumes and over 1.500 periodicals are available for the perusal of scientific researchers, members of the academic community, but also that of members of the general public that express an interest in the Balkans.
During the discussions held at the IMXA headquarters, President Constantinescu offered a brief presentation of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization and, together with Mrs. Naskou-Perraki, outlined a number of avenues for future inter-institutional cooperation between the IASLCC and the IMXA, discussed the elaboration of a number of common cultural and research projects, and underlined the excellent example of good practice set by the IMXA digital library for the future creation of the IASLCC’s own digital library focusing on the Levantine region at large.
The 43rd Congress of the American-Romanian Academy of Art and Science (Thessaloniki, Greece, June 10th-11th 2019)
Between the 10th and 11th of June 2019, President Emil Constantinescu and the General Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Mrs. Luiza Niță, attended the 43rd International Congress of the American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (A.R.A.), an event held under the patronage of the Romanian Presidency of the European Union Council, and organized by the A.R.A. in partnership with the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with the support of the Romanian Academy, the Romanian Academy of Medical Sciences, and the Romanian Academy of Scientists.
The American-Romanian Academy of Arts and Sciences (A.R.A.) was established in 1975 by a group of Romanian intellectuals who had settled in the United States, and was created as an open forum where Romanian researchers, academics, intellectuals and scientists could present, debate and disseminate their scientific theories and discoveries in their chosen academic field. Contributors to the Academy hailed from a wide variety of specializations such as law, philosophy, theology, history, political sciences, anthropology, linguistics, literary studies, economics, environmental sciences, biology, medicine, engineering, applied mathematics, physics and chemistry. At present, the Academy numbers approximately 220 members and, ever since its establishment, enjoyed the support of resonant Romanian academics and intellectuals such as Eugen Ionesco, Mircea Eliade, Virgil Gheorghiu, George E. Palade and Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu.
On June 10th 2019, the opening session of the 43rd International Congress of the A.R.A. – presided by Dr. Lucian Dindirică of the “Alexandru and Aristia Aman” Library in Craiova and by the Consul-General of Romania to Thessaloniki, Mrs. Sabina-Mădălina Șomăcescu – saw a number of interventions from Professor Apostolos Patelakis of the Institute for Balkan Studies in Thessaloniki, the Rector of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Professor Pericles A. Mitkas, the Consul-General of the United States to Thessaloniki, Gregory W. Pfleger and from President Emil Constantinescu, who gave a speech titled The Ancient Greek Myths and Education Based on Knowledge of Human Nature. In it, he highlighted the importance of an educational system based on humanist moral values both for the societies of Antiquity and for our contemporary world, and underlined the danger of losing these values in the current context of unbridled economic pragmatism which risks endangering the social and cultural foundations of modern society.
Later on, during the plenary session held that same day, president Constantinescu gave a speech titled The intelligent management of mineral resources as the foundation of a sustainable development strategy, in which he drew attention to the importance of a durable, scientific and applied approach to the capitalization of mineral resources for the balanced and sustainable development of intra- and inter-national regions, through the active engagement of the academic community in the creation and management of underground resource extraction projects.
During the same session, the General Director of the IASLCC, Mrs. Luiza Niță, presented a brief history of the Institute, highlighting its objectives, activities and current and future scientific projects.
Meeting with Professor Perikles A. Mitkas, Rector of the “Aristotle” University (Thessaloniki, Greece, June 10th 2019)
In Thessaloniki for the 43rd Congress of the American-Romanian Academy, President Emil Constantinescu met with the Rector of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Professor Perikles A. Mitkas, on June 10th 2019.
With a number of faculty professors in attendance, President Constantinescu gave a brief presentation of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, with the discussions to follow focusing on the multiple points of convergence between the IASLCC and the Aristotle University on issues of cultural diplomacy, the history of Levantine cultures and civilizations or the protection of Levantine cultural heritage. Among the ongoing projects of the IASLCC that lend themselves to an inter-institutional collaboration with the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki are „The School of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Studies”, „The Great Books of the Levant” and „Orthodoxy and Catholicism in the Levant after the Great Schism”, which stand as a testament to the value of a potential collaborative protocol between the two institutions.
Round-table forum on „Mobilizing Parliamentarians and Civic Leaders to Implement the Culture of Peace and SDGs through Legislation” (Paris, France, May 20th-21st, 2019)
President Emil Constantinescu attended a high-level roundtable forum on „Mobilizing Parliamentarians and Civic Leaders to Implement the Culture of Peace and SDGs through Legislation”, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics in partnership with the World Association of Arts and Sciences, the UN World Association of NGOs and the World Cultural Exchange Organization and held in the Senate of the Assemblée Nationale of France between the 20th and the 21st of May, 2019.
Through this event, the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics launched a major initiative to create a global steering committee made up of politicians, religious leaders and academics to lead the efforts to harness established cultural and religious ethics in order to promote legislation and social action to implement the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
The aim of this gathering was to create a unified coalition of politicians active in the Council of Europe, the Pan-African Parliament and other countries in Eurasia and South America, and at the same time to set the groundwork for the establishment of a number of advisory forums comprised of representative leaders in the fields of religion, education, mass-media and culture to factually inform the implementation of a culture of peace and prosperity through specific legislation that would inform all levels of contemporary educational curricula.
The roundtable saw the attendance and support of a number of notable worldwide representatives of the political, academic and cultural milieu, with Jean Max Rakotomamonjy, Honourable Speaker of the Parliament of Madagascar, Jordi Xucla, Member of the Spanish Cortes and of the Council of Europe, Fiorello Provera, former Italian senator and Director of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, former member of the European Parliament and vice-chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of that body, Ju Hong Lu, from the World Cultural Exchange Organization, Dr. Lahoucine Khabid, on behalf of the Atlas Centre for Diplomacy in Morocco, and Dr. Afzal Choudry, President of the Search for Peace Foundation in the United Kingdom among those in attendance.
The closing ceremony saw the presentation of the Paris Proclamation, which underlined the importance, scope and grounds for this initiative, followed by its ratification through the participant’s signatures as proof of their agreement with the provisions contained within.
The „30 years later: Lessons of the past, challenges of the present, inspiration for the future” International Conference (Bucharest, May 14th-15th, 2019)
Between the 14th and 15th of May 2019, President Emil Constantinescu attended an international conference at the Athenée Palace Hilton Hotel in Bucharest, organized by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Aspen Institute in Romania, the European Endowment for Democracy and the German Marshall Fund.
Marking a seminal moment marking Romania’s appurtenance to the greater European project through its tenure of the Presidency of the European Council, the event brought together a number of prestigious guests from the European political and academic spheres, among them Pavol Demeš, former Slovakian Minister for Foreign Affairs; George Ciamba, Romanian Delegate Minister for European Affairs; Mircea Geoană, politician and chairman of the Aspen Institute in Romania; H.E. Michael Žantovský, former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom, Israel and the United States; and H.E. Ștefan Tincă, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Romania to the Kingdom of Belgium.
Held 30 years after the creation of the necessary premises for Central and Eastern Europe’s return to the fundamental values and principles that underpinned and guided the progressive coming together of the countries of Western Europe through successive stages of European integration, the conference proceedings focused on the past, present and future challenges faced by a European Union whose primary assets lie in its spirit of solidarity and in its fundamental and inalienable principles of cooperation, peace and dialogue. The conclusions underlined the imperative that the European Union consolidate its efforts towards further expansion and integration, thus achieving a wonted projection of stability and prosperity across its Eastern vicinity.
The Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina) (Cairo/Alexandria, Egypt, April 6th-8th, 2019)
The President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Emil Constantinescu, as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), took part in a reunion of this decisional forum held between the 6th and 8th of April in Cairo and Alexandria, in Egypt.
The first day of the event saw the participants welcomed by the Director of the Library’s Board of Trustees and current President of the Republic of Egypt, Mr. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, who also inaugurated the session of April 6th at Al-Ittihadiya Palace in Cairo. The proceedings were also attended by the Egyptian Minister for Education, dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, and the Egyptian Minister for Culture, Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem.
The General Director of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Dr. Moustafa Elfeki, highlighted his institution’s achievements over the past year, and underlined its essential role in the promotion of culture and knowledge at a national, regional and global level. The subsequent discussions focused on the expansion of the national and international role played by the BA in the context of the rapid technologization of a society on the brink of a fourth technological revolution.
The proceedings of April 7th and 8th were held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina headquarters in Alexandria, and were presided over by the Chairman of its Executive Board, Professor Farouk El Okdah. The participants discussed the short and long-term aims and goals of the BA and voted on administrative, organizational and logistics issues, while also pencilling in the date for the next Board of Trustees reunion to be held sometime in 2020.
Visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo (April 4th 2019)
On April 4th 2019, the President of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC, Emil Constantinescu, met with the General Director of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Ms. Sabah Abd El Razik Saddik. During this meeting, which laid the groundwork for future collaborations to common projects and initiatives, President Constantinescu presented the mission, objectives and activities of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, as well as a selection from among the most representative ongoing projects it is currently undertaking, among which The Levant – a Bridge between the Civilizations of Western Europe and of the Far East and The Great Books of the Levant. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo represents an exemplary model of good practices with regard to organizing exhibitions that aim to present particular artefacts, with the ISALCC intending to emulate the Egyptian model in its future exhibitions.
Roundtable discussion on Global leadership in the 21st century, in Baku (March 17th 2019)
Following the close of the 7th International Baku Forum, the associated members of the World Academy of Art and Science present in the city participated in a roundtable discussion on the theme of Global leadership in the 21st century, held on the 16th of March 2019 with the aim of identifying potential avenues of reinvigorating and developing different types of leadership at a global level.
Among the topics discussed at the event were the transformation of the educational system into an instrument capable of tackling the challenges of the 21st century; the role of states and international institutions; the reconciliation of apparently conflicting objectives such as economics and ecology, societal power and democratization or multiculturalism and national identity; the relationship between national sovereignty and global governance, and the primacy of human rights and of human dignity over the influence exerted by the upper echelons of the neoliberal society.
During this roundtable, Professor Emil Constantinescu, together with Tibor Tóth – a former ambassador and permanent representative of Hungary to the United Nations – moderated a session on Global leadership: the achievements of the past and the challenges of the future which explored the historical perspectives of a number of recent important achievements and failures of leadership, underlined the challenges and the critical leadership initiatives in contemporary society, and aimed to capitalize on those ideas, values and convincing objectives that can lead to a global societal evolution and, ultimately, to the alignment of the aims and means of both global leadership and societal power.
Visit to the TRACECA Headquarters (Baku, Azerbaijan, March 16th 2019)
In Baku attending the 7th International Baku Forum, President Emil Constantinescu paid a visit to the headquarters of TRACECA in Baku at the invitation of its Secretary-General, Mr. Mircea Ciopraga.
The two discussed the current and future status of Romania within the activities of TRACECA, and put forward beneficial initiatives and ideas for implementing those projects of significant importance for the Levantine region. Mr. Ciopraga reiterated Romania’s status as an intrinsic part of the Europe-Caucasus-Asia international transport corridor, and underlined the importance of Romania’s contributions to TRACECA initiatives.
The discussions with TRACECA representatives also aimed to identify the perspectives for Romanian-Azeri collaboration, and covered the emergent transport routes and corridors across the region, through the lens of the great experience gained by the TRACECA Intergovernmental Commission from its founding to present. New bridges, ports and other transport infrastructure have been either completed or are currently being build, while existing road and rail networks are undergoing rehabilitation works across the entire region.
Towards the end of his visit, President Constantinescu offered Mr. Ciopraga a letter of thanks, as a token of his continued support for the activities of TRACECA in the region. In turn, Mr. Ciopraga expressed his profound gratitude for President Constantinescu’s visit, and his hope for a closer cooperation between all TRACECA member countries, including Romania.
The „10 years of strategic partnership between Romania and Azerbaijan” International Conference (Baku, Azerbaijan, March 16th 2019)
During his visit to Azerbaijan, the President of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Professor Emil Constantinescu, was invited to take part in a conference titled 10 years of strategic partnership between Romania and Azerbaijan, organized by the Romanian Embassy to Azerbaijan and the Romanian Cultural Centre at the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Baku. The Centre, led by Dr. Iosefina Blazsani-Batto, aims to promote the Romanian language and culture in Azerbaijan, and to strengthen cultural ties between the two nations.
The conference was also attended by distinguished guests such as Mrs. Ana Birchall, Vice-Prime Minister of Romania, Mr. Azay Guliyev, member of the National Assembly of Azerbaijan and Chairman of the Interparliamentary Workgroup on Romanian-Azeri Relations or Professor Etibar Najafov, President of the Department of Interethnic Relations, Multiculturalism and Religious Affairs in the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan.
Bilateral relations between Romania and Azerbaijan date back from 1992, when official diplomatic ties were established between the two states, followed by the inauguration of the Romanian Embassy in Azerbaijan in 1998 and that of the Azeri Republic in Bucharest in 2001. A significant milestone in the furtherance of bilateral relationships came on September 28th 2009, when a Joint Declaration Establishing a Strategic Partnership between Romania and the Republic of Azerbaijan was signed by representatives of both parties. On the basis of this partnership agreement, Romanian-Azeri cooperation spans a number of fields, such as security, politics, economics, energy, culture and science.
Moreover, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization aims to strengthen the relationship with its Azeri partners, with a view to facilitating long-term collaboration on themes pertaining to the cultural and scientific space of the historical Levant, an area which includes present-day Azerbaijan. To this end, a first step will be the entering into of a partnership agreement between the IASLCC and the Romanian Cultural Centre at the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Baku, as well as furnishing the latter with a considerable number of scientific works in Romanian.
The 7th edition of the International Forum in Baku (Baku, Azerbaidjan, March 14th-16th, 2019)
The President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Professor Emil Constantinescu, took part in the 7th edition of the International Baku Forum in Azerbaijan, organized between the 14th and 16th of March 2019 by the “Nizami Ganjavi” Cultural Centre in partnership with the World Academy of Art and Science, on the theme of A New World Order.
The event saw interventions on the part of current and former heads of state, ministers of foreign affairs and renowned diplomats, among them Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan; Hikmet Çetin, former Turkish Minister for Foreign Affairs; Mr. Ivo Josipović and Mr. Stjepan Mesić, former presidents of Croatia; Mrs. Rosalia Arteaga Serrano, former president of Ecuador and a member of the Editorial Board of the Encyclopedia Britannica; Mr. Zlatko Lagumdžija, former president of Bosnia and Herzegovina; Mr. Jonathan Granoff, Chairman of the Institute for Global Security; and Mr. Momir Đurović, the former president of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Montenegro.
The proceedings explored a number of strategies meant to effectively mobilise and direct the energies and available global social resources in order to consolidate the efficacy and proper functioning of existing government institutions, and to kickstart a broad societal movement that would transform the challenges facing mankind into catalysts for rapid social evolution worldwide.
On March 15th, during a panel titled The contemporary role of culture and science in decision-making, moderated by Nobel Prize laureate Professor Harold Varmus, Mr. Emil Constantinescu gave a speech titled Higher education and the New Society, in which he analysed the differences between market economies and the economy of values, and underlined the responsibilities of university teaching staff in a contemporary world in constant flux.
Collaboration Protocol with the Federation of Jewish Communities of Romania - Mosaic Cult (March 12th, 2019)
On the 12th of March 2019, at the headquarters of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, the President of the Institute, Professor Emil Constantinescu, together with the President of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania - Mosaic Cult, Dr Aurel Vainer, signed a collaboration protocol between their two respective institutions.
Jewish artistic and spiritual heritage represents an essential contribution to both Romanian culture and to the culture and civilization of the Levant, cradle of Abrahamic religions, of science, art, culture, and democracy.
The expansion of scientific research on the cultures and civilizations inhabiting this space, and the promotion of dialogue between academia, religious community leaders, and society are both critical goals of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization.
The “Levant Initiative for Global Peace”, presented in the Italian Senate
Between the 7th and 9th of March 2019, Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC, presented the “Levant Initiative for Global Peace” in the Italian Senate. The event was organized in partnership with the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics, headed by Shoshana Bekerman and with the support of Italian Senator Lucio Malan, Deputy Chairman of the “Forza Italia” fraction.
Among the event’s other partners were the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), represented by Garry Jacobs (CEO), and Dr Alberto Zucconi (Co-Chairman), the World Association of NGOs (WANGO), represented by its founding President, Dr Tagledin Hamad, the MERCL Middle East Research Centre in New York, represented by Dr Richard Hellman, “Journeys for Peace” Mexico, represented by Sergio Kopliovitch and the British Arab Network, represented by Dr Wafik Moustafa.
The main goal of this reunion was to promote legislative initiatives in European Union and United Nations member states, aiming to spearhead the implementation of a mandatory curriculum for education covering the culture of peace. The general debate took place in the broader context of promoting the United Nations-authored “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs).
The gathering was structured along three major axes: “The Need and Impact of Education for the Culture of Peace”; “Learning from the History of the Levant to Prevent Future Conflicts”; “Developing a Model Curriculum for the Culture of Peace and the Promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals”. President Emil Constantinescu co-chaired the panel on “Learning from the History of the Levant to Prevent Future Conflicts”. In this discussion, he presented a general history of the “Levant Initiative for Global Peace” from its launch in 2011 to present, and delivered a speech underlining the importance of creating an education for the culture of peace and the relevance of focusing on the historical area of the Levant, an area which time and again has offered numerous examples of the need for such an approach across the international educational environment.
The reunion was brought to a close with the presentation of the Rome Declaration on Education for the Culture of Peace and SDGs.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization takes part in the 10th International Black Sea Symposium, titled "The Black Sea - Silk Road Corridor: Building Bridges of Cooperation"
The 10th International Black Sea Symposium, organized around the theme of "The Black Sea - Silk Road Corridor: Building Bridges of Cooperation" was held in Athens, Greece between the 6th and 7th of March, 2019. The International Centre for Black Sea Studies (ICBSS) launched the initial International Black Sea Symposium (IBSS) in 2009, in response to a recognized need for better transnational cooperation across the wider Black Sea region. Now in its tenth year, the IBSS builds on the success and positive impact of its previous editions to bring together the next generation of stakeholders sharing an interest in the area of the Black Sea, with a particular focus in the pivotal role of this region for the resurgence of a modern route of the fabled Silk Road. The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization was represented at the gathering held in Athens by Mrs. Andreea Grecu - Ciupală, General Director of the ISACCL.
High-level roundtable meeting in Skopje, Macedonia (February 26th – 27th, 2019)
Between the 26th and 27th of February 2019, the President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Professor Emil Constantinescu, was in Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia, to take part in a high-level roundtable discussion titled Values-based leadership – from principles to action, organized by the Boris Trajkovski International Foundation and the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia for the commemoration of 15 years from the tragic passing of President Boris Trajkovski.
President Trajkovski’s six fundamental principles – Leadership, Peace, Reconciliation, Responsibility and Honesty – represent a series of essential moral imperatives in contemporary society, and constituted the foundation of a fruitful dialogue which spanned the breadth of the two days of the event.
Academician Kopi Kyçyku, invited to take part in the projects of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (December 14th, 2018)
Academician Kopi Kyçyku is a member of the Albanian Academy of Sciences, a professor at the Universities of Tirana and Bucharest and a member of the Albanian Writers and Artists’ Union since 1967. He is a founding member of the “Nicolae Titulescu” European Foundation, of the International Director Committee of the European Centre for Interethnic and Communication at the Romanian Academy, and of the Central European Academy of Science and Art. He was ordained a Knight of the Order of St Sylvester, and is a titular member of the European Academy of Arts (Belgium), a member of the Honorary Council of the European Academy of Performing Arts, of the Balkanistics and Slavistics Association, the President of the “Haemus” Albanian Cultural Association, founder and co-Director of the “Haemus” bilingual (in Albanian and Romanian) European magazine that has been in print in Bucharest since 1998, and the founder and Chief Editor of the “Eastern European Messenger” magazine, which is published in London, in English.
A distinguished university professor specialising in Italian and in the history of the Balkans, he has received numerous national and international awards for his scientific and didactic activity. Kopi Kyçyku has written and published a great number of monographs in Albanian, Romanian and Italian, notable among which are: “Mustafa Kemal Atatürk”, “Postwar Turkey (1945 – 1985)”, “The armed insurrection at Ilinden, Macedonia (1903)”, “Albanian-Romanian relations over the centuries”, “The Aromanians of Albania in a Balkan context”, “The History of Albania”, “Pater – Emil Condurachi”, “The History of Macedonia”, “Atatürkism and the Turkey of the Third Millennium”, “A Short History of Azerbaijan”.
The President of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC, Emil Constantinescu, invited Academician Kopi Kyçyku to take part in the ongoing projects of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization.
Educational policy expert Jan Sadlak visits the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (December 14th, 2018)
Jan Sadlak, a member of the World Academy of Art and Science is an expert on educational policy, a former Director of the UNESCO Centre for University Education (UNESCO-CEPES), the current president of the IREG Observatory for Academic Ranking and Excellence, and has given lectures at countless universities both in Romania and worldwide. He visited the headquarters of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization for a meeting with the President of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC, Emil Constantinescu.
Jan Sadlak has lengthy first-hand experience of the management of educational systems and implementation of educational policy, and is a firm supporter of higher education reform in Central and Eastern Europe. As such, given that the educational activities undertaken until present are essential for the IASLCC’s future growth and development as a significant institution in the Romanian academic milieu, the President of the Scientific Council, Emil Constantinescu, suggested that Kan Sadlak become a member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization.
The “Dobrogea – Witness to the Millennial Civilizations of the Levant” Conference: presentation of preliminary results and the inauguration of an exhibition on “Stone quarries, citadels and archaeological monuments” (November 29th, 2018)
Five months after the initial presentation of the project in Constanţa in June of 2018, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, in partnership with the “Ovidius” University in Constanţa and the Romanian Geological Institute, have organized a conference – held at the National Museum of Geology – which presented the preliminary results from the research campaign carried out in the summer of 2018, as well as projections on how the project will take shape over the following years.
The Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Professor Dan Grigorescu, presented a general outline of the project and, together with Professor Marius Skolka (from the “Ovidius” University, Constanţa), a short film documenting the preliminary campaign of August 2018.
Over the two parts of the conference, one dedicated to “Ethnography, History, Archaeology” and the other to “Conservation of the Natural Environment” a number of research initiatives that will be carried out over the course of the multi-annual project were presented, studies that will cover a wide variety of academic fields of research into the province of Dobrogea, focusing on the history of places, of ethnic and of religious communities, as well as on the natural and cultural heritage of the region.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, invited to the launch of the “Byzantine Thessaloniki” project (November 28th – 29th 2018)
Over the past two years, a particular emphasis was placed both on underlining the clear and definite historical identity of the city of Thessaloniki, and on efforts to make the municipality engage more with the outside world through the exploitation of its historical itinerary. The Commercial Association of Thessaloniki, the Metropolitan of Thessaloniki and the “Aristotle” University are the authors of an ample initiative titled “Byzantine Thessaloniki,” which frames the historical past of the city as an integral part of its economic development. The Byzantine character of Thessaloniki, evidenced through its culture, traditions, history and collective memory is rightly considered the primary resource for sustainable touristic development.
The Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization was invited to attend the official launch of the event, held in Thessaloniki. There, the General Director of the IASLCC, Andreea Grecu–Ciupală, together with the creators of the “Byzantine Thessaloniki” initiative, discussed avenues of cooperation for their common effort to promote Byzantine culture worldwide and to present this common culture as a model capable of promoting sustainable economic development.
The President of the Marmara Group Foundation (Istanbul) visits the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (November 26th 2018)
The President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Emil Constantinescu, met with Dr Akkan Suver, President of the Marmara Group Foundation at the headquarters of the IASLCC in Bucharest. Mr. Suver wished to personally present President Constantinescu hisinvitation as guest of honour at the 22nd Eurasian Economic Summit,which will be held between the 5th-6th of February, 2019.At the event, a special panel will present the ongoing and prefigured activity, programmes and projects of the IASLCC for the coming year. On the occasion, a collaborative protocol framework will be signed between the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization and the Marmara Group Foundation.
The Eurasian Economic Summit attempts to explore new avenues of improving the relations between the European Union and countries in Central Asia, Africa and the Americas. The themes of the 22nd Eurasian Economic Summit propose difficult questions, such as “Is Artificial Reality a Threat or a Solution?”,“Water and Population Migration; Water and Religion”, “The New Dimensions of Globalisation”, “Problems of Health Tourism” or “Our Responsibility for the Future: Technological Progress and the Prefigured Future of Humanity.”
The Marmara Group Foundation is a non-governmental organization that was formed in 1984, which from the outset directed its energies towards promoting unity,social cohesion and a culture of peace across European societies. An organization for which transparency and a sense of responsibility are paramount to its continued existence, the Marmara Group Foundation continues to organize events that facilitate the enunciation of common points of view and common interests, sensibilities and needs, at the same time highlighting the importance and relevance of a culture of democracy and of market economies –events in the same vein as the 22nd Eurasian Economic Summit.
On Panait Istrati at the “Synergies in Communication” International Conference (November 22nd-23rd, 2018)
The “Synergies in Communication” International Conference was an event organized in partnership with the National Bank of Romania, under the auspices of the International Economic and Business University, and with the support of the TEPSA Group, the “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacology in Cluj-Napoca, QUEST Romania and the “Lingua Economica” Association. It is part of a larger series of international conferences on “Synergies in Communication and the Future of Europe”.
Notably, one of the panels of the conference was dedicated entirely to Romanian writer Panait Istrati. Speaking about his lengthy travels across the Levant, the General Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Andreea Grecu-Ciupală, posited that we can find echoes of Istrati’s sojourns in each event that marks our own timelines. “A free sandwich-man in Cairo, or a beleaguered functionary pacing the halls of a Ministry?” Referring to the same Levantine space, Maria Chatziapostolou, of the Orthodox Academy of Crete, held an address on “When Nikos Kazantzakis met Panait Istrati.”
Meeting of the Board of Trustees of the World Academy of Art and Science. A Round-Table Discussion on the theme of “Global Governance: Challenges and Opportunities” (November 19th – 24th, 2018)
Between then 19th and 21st of November, 2018, Emil Constantinescu, the President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (IASLCC), took part in the joint meeting of the Board of Trustees of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) held in Dubrovnik in Croatia. On this occasion, the WAAS leadership were presented with the results of the scientific research projects undertaken by the IASLCC – itself a Centre of Excellence of the World Academy of Art and Science – over the past year.
Following the meeting of the Board of Trustees, a round table on the theme of “Global Governance: Challenges and Opportunities” was held in the form of a series of interactive debates on various aspects of global governance, such as the factors that facilitated its development and the challenges it is faced with at present, the relationship between national sovereignty, democracy and global governance, and future perspectives and strategies for expanding upon and consolidating global governance.
President Emil Constantinescu was the co-moderator of two sessions of talks, on the topic of national sovereignty and global governance, and on the topic of strategies for the consolidation of global governance respectively. The two work groups analysed the connections between the process of developing nation-states and the global community, explored potential conflicts generated by globalisation and ways to combat or resolve them, devised applicable strategies for the consolidation of good governance and underlined the risks and challenges posed by governance at a global level. The talks featured interventions from a number of notable academics whose reputations spans the entire globe such as Marcel van der Voorde, the Director of the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva (CERN), Rodolfo Fiorini, Professor at the Milan Polytechnic University, Momir Ðurović, President of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Montenegro, economists Zbigniew Bochniarz of Washington University and Erich Hoedl of Columbia University in New York, Thomas Reuter, Professor at the University of Melbourne, Frank Dixon, researcher and founder of the Global System Change organization and Fadwa El Guindi, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Doha.
The “River – Delta – Sea Systems. Celebrating 25 years of the National Research and Development Institute for Marine Geology and Geo-Ecology: GeoEcoMar” International Conference (November 15th – 16th 2018)
The President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, Emil Constantinescu, was a guest of honour at the event marking the 25th anniversary of the creation of the GeoEcoMar institute. There, he presented the projects on “Dobrogea – Witness to the Millennial Civilizations of the Levant” and “Dobrogea – A Bridge between the Civilizations of Western Europe and those of the Far East”, underlining the importance of marine archaeology to the successful completion of both these projects.
140 years since its unification with Romania, it can be argued that the “Dobrogea Project” was a success of the Romanian political class which re-aligned the region, with beneficial results. Notable among these are the development of the exploitation of metallic and non-metallic mineral resources in the region and later, in the second half of the 20th century, the exploitation of the oil and natural gas reserves located in the North-Western Black Sea Shelf. A particular impetus was given to scientific research on the geological heritage of Dobrogea. With the creation of the GeoEcoMar institute in 1993 under the leadership of Academician Nicolae Panin, this research was expanded upon to include the Black Sea, the Danube Delta and the Danube corridor.
140 years since Dobrogea’s unification with Romania, the President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, is the guest of honour at a solemn joint meeting of the Councils of Tulcea and Constanța Counties (Tulcea, November 13th, 2018)
Marking the anniversary of 140 years from the unification between Dobrogea and Romania, the city of Tulcea hosted a solemn joint session of the Councils of Constanța and Tulcea Counties. The authorities of the two counties entered a “Promissory Civil Accord”, through which they would embark on joint projects designed to further develop the Dobrogean region. The guest of honour at this unprecedented event was Emil Constantinescu, the President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, to whom was conferred a diploma of “High Recognition and Appreciation for the Contribution to the Development of Romania”, during the “Gala 100. People for Tulcea, People for Romania” centennial event.
“Ready the future century!” was the message addressed to his contemporaries by Mihail Kogălniceanu, one of the visionaries behind Dobrogea’s unification with Romania. Today, the local authorities together with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization aim to continue the project of their forebears through the transformation of Dobrogea into a representative model for the Levant and into an important stop on the economic and cultural route of the “Rebirth of the Silk Road”.
For the events organized in Tulcea marking 140 years since the region’s unification with Romania, Emil Constantinescu was joined by Professor Dan Grigorescu, the Scientific Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization.
The establishment of the geological and leisure park at Bididia II, as part of the “Dobrogea, Witness to the Millennial Civilizations of the Levant” project (November 7th, 2018)
As part of the “Dobrogea – Witness to the Millennial Civilizations of the Levant” project, which is being carried out over three years, the proposition for transforming the quarry at Bididia II, situated in Tulcea County, into a geological and leisure park is fast taking shape. The initiative belongs to the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, and was jointly presented to local authorities by the President of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC, Professor Emil Constantinescu and the Scientific Director of the IASLCC, Professor Dan Grigorescu, during a visit to Tulcea in September of 2018.
The proposition has entered public debate, and the contracts regarding the elaboration of technical documentation, as well as those regarding consultancy services for the proper initialization of the project, have been put up for public auction by the Tulcea City Hall. Given the scope of this proposal, the project will be financed either through accessing European development funds, or through a joint public-private partnership.
The prospect of redeveloping the Bididia II quarry is extremely relevant for the “Dobrogea – Witness to the Millennial Civilizations of the Levant” project, as it is one of the few remaining sites in Northern Dobrogea that offers a comprehensive and accessible glimpse into the geological history of the region.
The Meeting of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (October 30th, 2018)
The meeting of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC was attended both by the Romanian members of the Scientific Council, and by those members of the Scientific Council from the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS): Garry Jacobs, CEO of WAAS and the World University Consortium (WUC), Alberto Zucconi, co-chairman of WAAS and by Nebojša Nešković, Secretary-General of WAAS.
The Scientific Council of the IASLCC were presented with the annual activity report for 2017-2018, unanimously validated following the debates of the research themes and of the editorial and communications projects presented therein.
The meeting saw discussions on potential future directions of development for the IASLCC, both nationally and internationally, with regard to the establishment of partnerships with other institutions outside Romania. The discussions also revolved around exploring other potential avenues of promoting the activities of the Institute on the local, national and international level.
During the meeting, Radu Boroianu was voted in as Secretary-General of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization.
The First Exploratory Workshop on Good Governance, at the headquarters of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization (October 29th-30th, 2018)
The first Exploratory Workshop, titled “Good Governance in the Levant”, was held at the headquarters of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization between the 29th and 30th of October 2018. The event was attended by the leadership of the World Academy of Art and Science – represented by Garry Jacobs, Alberto Zucconi and Nebojsa Nešković – as well as by notable representatives of the Romanian academic community. The discussions of the Workshop focused on a number of pressing themes for the Levantine region that all stemmed from the generic concept of “good governance”: leadership, the question of access to water in Northern Africa, Middle Eastern stability, the economic prospects of the Black Sea region and the problem of identity in the Balkans.
The Exploratory Workshop aims to bring together leading experts and actors from across the historical region of the Levant, to engage in a fruitful exchange of information, ideas and examples of good practices with the goal of identifying practical solutions for creating meaningful dialogue and fostering a culture of peace in the region.
Conference held at the British Museum by the President of the Romanian Academy, member of the Scientific Council of the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization (11th October 2018)
During an event meant to celebrate the Centenary of the Romanian Great Union, Ioan-Aurel Pop, President of the Romanian Academy, held at the British Museum a presentation entitled ”Making of Greater Romania: a 100 years’ long trip”. On the occassion, an exhibition was held in the atrium, entitled ” Romanians and the Great War”, comprising a selection of 23 panels of photos and texts on the Romanian participation in the First World War.
100 years of Romanian-Arab diplomatic relations (9th October 2018)
The Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization, in partnership with the European and Romanian Pan Arab Cultural Center ( C.C.E.R.P.A.) and the ” Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum organized two conferences: ”The history of Romanian -Arab relations” and ”The study of Arab Language and Arab literature translation In Romania”. The event was dedicated to the celebration of 100 years of diplomatic relations with the Arab countries and was held in the amphitheater hall of the museum, in the presence of the Arab countries’ ambassadors in Romania, university professors and the artists interested in the field.
At the end of the lectures, the participants were invited to the opening of an art exhibition, a dialogue between works of Romanian and Arab inspiration, produced by two Romanian painters – Paul Mecep and Vladimir Ivanovici, who managed to capture the similarities of such different civilizations.
Signing of the Partnership Agreement between the Institute of Advanced Studies for Levant Culture and Civilization and the ”Gavrilă Simion” Eco-Museum -related Research Institute of Tulcea (26th September 2018)
The partnership between the two institutions, represented by Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council of the IASLCC and doctor Sorin Ailincăi, manager of the ”Gavrilă Simion” Eco-Museum -related Research Institute is intended to further the cooperation on common fields of fundamental and applied research, such as: history, archaeology, etnography, biology and heritage preservation.
First and foremost, the cooperation between the two institutions is directed toward the project entitled ”Dobrogea, Witness of the Millenial Civilizations of the Levant”, coordinated by Professor Dan Grigorescu, PhD, Scientific Director of the IASLCC. The project was launched in June this year, in a conference held at the ” Ovidius” University of Constanța.
Research on the Romanian-Turkish relations at the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization (25th September 2018)
The Institute of Turkish Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, the Turkish Embassy, the Bucharest Office of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization organized a conference, on the occassion of 140 years of Romanian-Turkish diplomatic relations, to present the most recent research concerning the relations between the two countries, as has been briefly presented by Professor Tasin Gemil, Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies: ”14o years ago, Romania and Turkey witnessed the debut of fundamentally new relations of cooperation on multiple levels, mutually beneficial. With the exception of small obstacles, these relations always evolved in the direction of creating greater closeness between the two countries. Today, Romania and Turkey share a strategic partnership and are allies within NATO, one of the largest and strongest political-military organizations in the history of mankind”.
Cooperation protocol between the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization and the Institute of Turkish Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (25th September 2018)
Andreea Grecu-Ciupală, PhD, General Manager of IASLCC and Professor Tasin Gemil, Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies of the Babeș-Bolyai University, signed a cooperation protocol intended to create the framework for development of common projects and programs between the two institutions, with a special emphasis on the IASLCC cultural revival project entitled ”Silk Road”. A good knowledge of Turkish history, culture and civilization is indispensable in the development of this project.
The Institute of Turkish Studies of the Babeș- Bolyai University intends to familiarize its target audience as well as a wider one with Turkish history, values, civilization and culture, the Turkish area of Central Asia, in addition to forecasting possible political and economic evolutions of the area.
Emil Constantinescu attended the World Alliance of Religions’ Peace Summit (WARP), Seoul, South Korea (17th-19th September 2018)
This Summit takes places annualy, since 2014, and is a platform of debate for political and spiritual leaders, youth and women’s groups, journalists and representatives of worldwide civil society alike. The exchange of ideas and practices, as well as the comprehensive approach involving various fields of expertise are meant to preserve peace. Such an approach is based on the “Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War” (DPCW) and includes the promotion of international cooperation for the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula.
As a father of the ”Levant Initiative for Global Peace”, Emil Constantinescu was invited to South Korea from the very first edition of the global peace summit, four years ago. ”My entire activity as President of the Academy for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, where I lauched the ” Levant Initiative for Global Peace”, was meant, from the very beginning, to bring together spiritual leaders in order to set the record straight that none of the existing religions incites to war, but on the contrary, the basis of all religions is peace”.
This year, Emil Constantinescu, President of the Scientific Council of the Institute for Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization, received an award from the organizers, as an aknowledgement and appreciation of all his efforts for peace.
Opening of the Annual School of Byzantine Studies in the Senate Hall of the University of Bucharest (11th September 2018)
The Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization (IASLCC) organised, under the scientific coordination of Professor Paolo Odorico (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris), a School on Byzantine studies on the topic ”Byzantium Representations in History, Literature and Art”, to take place both in Bucharest and Constanța, between 11th-19th September 2018.
The partners for this event were: the University of Bucharest, ”Ovidius” University of Constanța, the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, the National Museum of History and Archaeology of Constanța, the Regional Francophone Center for Advanced Research in Social Sciences of the University of Bucharest, the Institute for Science, Culture and Spirituality of the ”Ovidius” University of Constanța and the Romanian Foundation for Democracy.
In his opening speech, Emil Constantinescu, President of the IASLCC Scientific Council highlighted that ”The Byzantine time was a moment of cultural, intellectual, social and religious bloom, which left a massive and irreversible trace on world history. Beyond the historical records, elements of Byzantine life and activity are to be found in many of today’s social interactions. This is the reason why Byzantine studies are experiencing a vigurous revival within the contemporary academic environment, be it in universities or research centers worldwide”.
Professor Ioan Aurel Pop, PhD, President of the Romanian Academy and Rector of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca also sent a message to the participants: ” The Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization revives through the Annual School of Byzantine Studies a long tradition of the Romanian spirit showing its dual cultural belonging: on the one hand, to the Latin West, and on the other, to the Byzantine East. Even if through their Roman descendecy – including here language, name and approach to Christianity - Romanian considers themselves as belonging to the larger West-European family, the New Rome of the East also managed to leave a visible trace on this people”.
Cooperation protocol between the Institute for Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization and the Institute for Science, Culture and Spirituality of the “Ovidius” University of Constanța (29th August 2018)
Andreea Grecu-Ciupală, PhD, General Manager of IASLCC and Professor Daniela Țurcanu-Caruțiu, PhD, Executive Manager of the Institute for Science, Culture and Spirituality signed a cooperation protocol in order to be able to organize joint activities in the fields of cultural heritage, history, archaeology, art and education.
The projects in which the Institute of Advanced Studies for the Levant Culture and Civilization and the Institute for Science, Culture and Spirituality of the ”Ovidius” University of Constanța shall work together are the following: ”The Annual School of Byzantine Studies”, ”Dobrogea – Witness of the Millenial Civilizations of the Levant” and ”Levant – Bridge between the Civilizations of the Western Europe and the Far East”.
The Ambassador of Georgia visits the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant (July 3rd, 2018)
His Excellency, Mr. Nikoloz Nikolozishvili, Ambassador of the Republic of Georgia to Bucharest, has promised his Embassy’s support for the project titled “The Levant, a bridge between the civilization of Western Europe and that of the Far East”, which is concerned with the cultural rebirth of the “Silk Road”. Moreover, the Embassy of Georgia in Bucharest has offered to contribute to the creation of the Library of the Institute by donating a series of books representative of the Caucasian region.
The Ambassador of Armenia visits the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant (June 27, 2018)
Emil Constantinescu, chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant, together with His Excellency Mr. Sergey Minasyan, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Bucharest, analyzed the opportunities for collaboration on two of the multi-annual projects of the ISACCL; namely, “The Levant, a bridge between the civilization of Western Europe and that of the Far East”, and “Great Books of the Levant”, respectively. The starting point of their discussion was their common conviction that our current approach to history must be changed from a history focused on conflicts, in order to reach a history focused on peace.
Conference on “Dobrogea. Witness to the civilizations of the Levant. A bridge between the Far East and the West” (Constanța, 21st – 23rd of June 2018)
As part of the Constanța conference, prof. univ. dr. Emil Constantinescu, chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant (ISACCL), together with prof. univ. dr. Dan Grigorescu, its Scientific Director, have jointly launched two of the ISACCL’s multi-annual research programmes, which are to take place in the Dobrogea region. Dobrogea represents the model that Romania proposes as an example of a possible solution in the resolution of the interethnic and interfaith conflicts in the Levantine space. Moreover, Dobrogea, situated at the intersection of the Amber Road, which reached from the North Sea to the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Silk Road, linking China to Western Europe, can also represent an important part of not only the economic, but the cultural rebirth of the New Silk Road. This was the visionary project of the 21st century, set into motion in the final decade of the 20th century, through the initiative of the President of Georgia, Eduard Shevarnadze, the President of Turkey, Suleyman Demirel, the President of Azerbaijan, Gaidar Aliyev, and the President of Romania, Emil Constantinescu. China later took up this initiative and relaunched the project in 2013 as the “Belt and Road Initiative”.
With regard to the two new projects set to take place in this region as described above, the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and civilization of the Levant is joined in their organization by the “Mircea cel Bătrân” Naval Academy, as well as the “Ovidius” University in Constanța.
“Solidarity of Empathy for Peace”, a conference organized by the “Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light” (HWPL) Organization, in conjunction with the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant (ISACCL) at the Palace of Parliament in Bucharest (19-20 May, 2018)
Emil Constantinescu, president of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Advances Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant, was the chairman of a high-level reunion of former leaders of Central and Eastern European states, with the aim of spreading the culture of peace and an appeal in favour of the peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula.
The conference, held in Bucharest, had in attendance such distinguished figures as Viktor Yushchenko, president of Ukraine between 2005 and 2010, Stjepan Mesic, president of Croatia between 2000 and 2010, Rexhep Maidani, president of Albania between 1997 and 2002, and Stanislav Shushkevic, the first democratically elected president of Belarus (1991-1994). They were joined by Mr. Haris Silajdžic, former head of the presidential administration in Bosnia-Hertzegovina and by Justice Milka Ristova, member of the Supreme Court of Macedonia.
All the guests above were protagonists of the recent histories of Central and Eastern Europe, during times of regime change, ethnic conflicts and painful social and economic reforms. Thus, they are uniquely able to offer their invaluable insight and prestigious experience towards the establishment of a culture of peace, the essential role played by cultural diplomacy today.
The South Korean non-governmental organization “Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light” (HWPL) is one of the supporters and promoters of the “Levant Initiative for Global Peace” on the Asian continent. The “Initiative” was launched by Emil Constantinescu in 2011 at the Academy of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, and presented by him to the international forums of the United Nations and its subsidiary, UNESCO; it was adopted and promoted by the Interparliamentary Coalition for Global Ethics (IPCGE), which mobilized both religious leaders and academic personalities towards a meaningful dialogue in pursuit of peace in a number of countries in Europe and in Asia. Moreover, 38 members of the Parliamentary Assembly at the Council of Europe have also cast their signatures in support of this “Initiative”.
On day 2 of the conference, HWPL presented the programme they launched at the beginning of May, titled “Youth, let’s voice out”. It set out to encourage the youth across the globe to make their voices heard, to express their own opinions on both internal and international issues, and to contribute to promoting a culture of peace.
International Colloquium of the World Academy of Art and Science, Paris (2-5 May 2018)
Emil Constantinescu, chairman of the Scientific Council of the Institute for the Advanced Study of the Culture and Civilization of the Levant and member of the Board of Trustees of the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS), took part in the XV International Economics Colloquium, jointly organized by the Universidade de Brasilia, Université Paris 13 Nord, the WAAS and the World University Consortium at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris. With the main topic the role of international institutions in the shaping and implementation of economic policy, the colloquium recognized the need for a reorganization and re-evaluation of current economic theory. The participants underlined the necessity of making explicit the value systems that underpin any economic theory, in order to be able to knowingly apply them in different social and cultural contexts and proposed new avenues of discussion for the advancement of economic theory which would take into account, among others, the great diversity of cultural heritage and heritage sites.
The annual meeting of the “Board of Trustees”, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Cairo (16-20 April 2018)
Emil Constantinescu, the president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization, is a member of the “Board of Trustees” of Bibliotheca Alexandrina starting from 2014, and during 16-20 April 2018, he participated in its annual meeting. Discussions were held on the objectives of sustainable development and how they will be implemented in various fields. The partnership between the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization and “Bibliotheca Alexandrina” will shortly find an actual form, after the preliminary discussions that president Emil Constantinescu and Luiza Niță, “Cultural Diplomacy” department counsellor, had with representatives of the executive management of Bibliotheca Alexandrina: dr. Mostafa El Feki, director, Hoda Elmikaty, deputy director, and Heba Elrafey, head of the Public Relations and International Cooperation Department.
Eurasian Summit, Istanbul (10-13 April 2018)
Emil Constantinescu, the president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization, participated during 10-13 April 2018 in the Eurasian Economic Summit in Istanbul. On this occasion, numerous work meetings took place with representatives of “Marmara Group Strategic and Social Research Foundation”, “Black Sea Economic Cooperation”, “Vienna Economic Forum”, representatives of the academic world in Turkey and participants from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia. Cooperation opportunities and future projects to be implemented by the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization in cooperation with similar institutes or university centres in the respective countries were also discussed.
“The future of democracy. Challenges and opportunities”, round table organized by the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) in Dubrovnik (3-5 April 2018)
The President of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization, an excellence centre of the World Academy of Art and Science is also a member of the WAAS “Board of Trustees”, and held a speech on “Foundations of Democracy” during the round table organized in Dubrovnik. The list of participants also included Elena Andreevska, dean of the “Faculty of Political Sciences and Public Administration” of Tetovo (Bulgaria); Goran Bandov, vice-dean o “Dag Hammarskjöld University College of International Relations and Diplomacy” of Zagreb (Croatia), Zbigniew Bochniarz, professor of the “University of Washington” and of the “Harvard Business School”; Momir Djurovic, former president of the “Academy of Science and Art of Montenegro”, Fadwa El Guindi, former anthropology professor at the “University of California”; Erich Hoedl, vice-president of the “European Academy of Science”; Garry Jacobs, CEO of the “World Academy of Art and Science” and of the “World University Consortium”; Alexander Likhotal, professor of “Geneva School Of Diplomacy” and former president of “Green Cross International”; Winston P. Nagan, law professor of the “University of Florida”, Kakha Shengelia, president of the “International Association of University Rectors”, rector of the “Caucasus University” of Georgia, Alberto Zucconi, president of the “The Person-Cantered Approach Institute” and secretary general of the “World University Consortium” (WUC).
Meeting of the “Coordination Committee of the European Network of Geoparks” (REG) in the cross-border geopark between Slovenia and Austria Karawanke/Karawanken (20 and 24 March 2018)
Scientific director Dan Grigorescu presented the activity of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization and its objectives in heritage preservation in the 41st meeting of the “Coordination Committee of the European Network of Geoparks”, which took place in the cross-border geopark between Slovenia and Austria Karawanke/Karawanken, between 20 and 24 March 2018. Prof. Dr. Dan Grigorescu, founder and honourable president of the “Hațeg Country Dinosaurs Geopark (GDTH)” became a member of the “European Network of Geoparks” in 2005 and coordinates the palaeontology subject group.
Debate on “Determinants for formulating the new world order: conflict or dialogue of civilizations”, Bucharest (30 March 2018)
President Emil Constantinescu referred to the role cultural diplomacy may have in creating a culture of peace at global level: “Why do we need cultural diplomacy, this relatively new concept, which the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization is trying to represent with passion and devotion? My answer is: because the world is changing. And if the world is changing, then politics, in its initial meaning by Greek thinkers, to serve the interests of the community, should also change”. The event organized by the European Romanian-Pan-Arabic Cultural Centre (CCERPA) in cooperation with the Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Studies and Dialogue (CSDII) - Bucharest University and the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization (ISACCL) had as special guest Mr. Samir Al-Ghatas, a member of the Egyptian Parliament, President of the Middle East Forum for Political and Strategic Studies.
International Summit of the Book, Baku (18-19 March 2018)
In this event, which brought together former presidents, ministers of culture and research, leaders of the academic world, Nobel Prize recipients and directors of national libraries, Emil Constantinescu, president of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization (ISACCL) held a speech on “The power of the book”. Ph.D. Mary-Jane Deeb, the director of the Africa & Middle East Division of the US Congress Library, expressed her interest in cooperating with the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Civilization in Bucharest and to provide the library with copies of valuable and essential Levantine books.
"Second International Conference on Future Education: Effective Learning in an Age of Increasing Speed, Complexity and Uncertainty", Rome (15th – 18th of November 2017)
Between the 15th and 18th of November 2017, prof. dr. Emil Constantinescu, chairman of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Levant Culture and Civilization, together with two of the members of its Scientific Council - prof. dr. Remus Pricopie and prof. dr. Adrian Curaj, took part in the "Second International Conference on Future Education: Effective Learning in an Age of Increasing Speed, Complexity and Uncertainty", held in Rome and jointly organised by the World Academy of Art and Science (WAAS) and the World University Consortium (WUC).
With over 100 speakers at the conference, attending on behalf of many universities from across the world, Emil Constantinescu chaired the talks on "Education, Democracy and Peace" and on "Education, Democracy and Human Values".
He held a speech on "Higher Education and the New Society of the Third Millenium" at the panel on Critical Issues for the Future of Higher Education, as well as a speech on "The Ethos of Globalization" during the Multiculturalism and Education session.