Syria envoy Lakhdar Brahimi voices doubts on Syria peace talks

„Frankly I doubt whether the conference will take place in July. The opposition has their next meeting on July 4-5. So I don’t think they will be ready,” Lakhdar Brahimi said ahead of the meeting with Russian and US officials.

The Muslim Brothehood Prepares for a Comeback in Syria by Raphaël Lefèvre

The Muslim Brotherhood is the most powerful group in Syria’s exiled political opposition network. It is also emerging as a significant presence in rebel-held territory in northern Syria, where it is rebuilding its grassroots movement after thirty years in exile. But the Brotherhood’s success in the next stage of the Syrian revolution depends on its ability to address several significant challenges.

Viitorul diplomației europene

Vă recomand trei materiale scrise de experți de la the Netherlands Institute of International Relations “Clingendael” privind viitorul diplomației.

Octombrie 2012 – Futures for Diplomacy: Integrative Diplomacy in the 21st Century by Jan Melissen, Shaun Riordan, Paul Sharp en Brian Hocking

Martie 2013 – Whither Foreign Ministries in a Post-Western World? by Brian Hocking, Jan Melissen, Shaun Riordan, Paul Sharp.

We recommend foreign ministries:
– Drive innovation in the development and management of delivery and knowledge networks, home and abroad, within and without government.
– Influence policy through ensuring that these networks map the objectives of international strategy.
– In a post-western world of fragmenting rule sets and contested values, serve as the GPS both to government and society as a whole.
– Provide the 4-dimensional vision that will ensure coherence over time and across geography.

Septembrie 2012 Two Cheers for Public Diplomacy and Place Branding By Peter van Ham

Both public diplomacy and place branding use social power by uploading (new) norms and values, and occasionally pushing for (new) standards and rules.[1] Today, even International Organizations such as the European Union, the United Nations and NATO are conscious of their brand, as are NGO’s, universities, and media. Place branding is inherently part of the constructivist paradigm, since it builds on the understanding that territorial actors have considerable agency in shaping their place and role in international politics.[2] States c.s. use place branding to affect, even modify, their reputation by similar means and processes as commercial brands. Since social power is the ability to set standards and determine what is normal and desirable, the relevance of public diplomacy and place branding as a phenomenon in international politics should be evident.


Rusia și Orientul Mijlociu

League of Arab States, official version.

League of Arab States, official version. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Rusia face un pas importnat spre colaborarea mai structurată cu Liga arabă, s-a convenit un plan de acțiune comun. Moscova anticipează corect, cred eu, viitorul rol sporit al Ligii arabe în perioada post-Primăvara arabă și, într-o formă sau alta, atât SUA dar și UE vor intra oficial sau neoficial în aceeași schemă cu Liga arabă, contrucția capătă contur.



ACTION PLAN -For the implementation of the principles, goals and objectives of the Russian-Arab Cooperation Forum for 2013-2015
 The Parties will regularly exchange opinions on relevant regional and international issues of common interest with the view of:
∙ Establishing a just and democratic world order with the leading role of the universal legal regulations;
∙ Supporting the establishment of international peace and security;
∙ Achieving a permanent, just, comprehensive and peaceful settlement in the Middle East, based on the relevant United Nations resolutions and the principles adopted by the Madrid Peace Conference, and the Road Map, the Arab Peace initiative;
∙ Coordination of activities in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation including the establishment in the Middle East of a zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems as well asimprovement of international cooperation in the sphere of peaceful nuclear energy;
∙ Developing further of the dialogue among civilizations, including the one based on the goals and values of the Alliance of Civilizations;
∙ Counteraction against global threats and challenges, including threat of terrorism, drug trafficking, corruption, piracy etc.
The Parties will coordinate their approaches and practical steps in the framework of the UN and its specialized agencies as well as other international organizations. The meetings of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation and the League of Arab States Secretary General will be held annually on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Foreign policy consultations in the framework of the Joint Senior Officials Committee will be held regularly, at least once every six months.
For this purposes seminars, conferences and other forums with participation of representatives from government institutions, academic and civil society institutions will be held.
The Russian Party’s initiative to organize research-to-practice conference on relations between Russia and the Arab world and relevant aspects of the situation in the Middle East will be considered.


Justiţia, faza de izolare


Am citit o ştire semnalată de Teodor Tiţa Cum a anulat Pivniceru prima întâlnire oficială cu comisarul pentru Justiţie. „Era o întâlnire informală, gen BUNĂ SEARA, EU SUNT PIVNICERU – BUNĂ SEARA, EU SUNT REDING”.
Nu ne trebuie mare expertiză ca să ne dăm seama că se adoptă tactica struţului. Dar nu este permis pentru un proaspăt numit ministru să înceapă cu stângul. Nu păcăleşte pe nimeni ministrul Pivniceru încercând să banalizeze o informală a miniştrilor de justiţie. Din programul reuniunii reiese că, pe lângă sesiunile miniştrilor (unde ministrul nostru trebuia sa fie prezent şi să iasă în evidenţă), care sunt oricum confidenţiale, se mai întâmplă şi alte lucruri importante:
for Ministers of Justice only
Informal “Fireside chat” meeting co-hosted by Ms Beatrix KARL, Federal Minister of Justice of Austria and Ms Gabriella BATTAINI-DRAGONI,Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, on the theme:
“Corruption: the exclusive problem of others”
Dinner offered by Ms Beatrix KARL, Federal Minister of Justice of Austria,
followed by a guided tour of the museum
sau aşa cum reiese din Agenda reuniunii
– Organised groups and their new ways of communicating;
– Juveniles as perpetrators and victims.  


Să nu uit, în afară de miniştrii de justiţie din UE, au mai participat ca observatori umătorii:


– Canada;
– Holy See;
– Japan;
– Mexico;
– United States of America;
– United Nations;
– Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR);
– Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE);
– United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC);


În concluzie, erau teme foarte importante care solicitau participarea Monei Pivniceru,  nu se putea renunţa la participarea ministrului doar pentru că un comisar nu a dorit o întâlnire în marjă. De fapt este neclar cine a anulat întrevederea.
Întrebarea mea este cine a reprezentat Ministerul de Justiţie şi ce mandat a susţinut delegaţia României pe temele reuniunii ?