February 4, 2023
Two panels, 10 am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm EST
Panel 1: How Nuclear World War III Can Be Avoided
Saturday, 10:00 am EST; 4:00 pm CET
Moderator: Dennis Speed, The Schiller Institute
Helga Zepp-LaRouche (Germany), Founder, The Schiller Institute: “How to Avoid Nuclear War: The Nature of Man”
H. E. Donald Ramotar (Guyana), former President of Guyana: “Russia/Ukraine and its Importance for the Global South”
Amb. Chas Freeman (United States), former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, former Deputy Chief of Mission to China: “We Must Change America to Avert War”
Dr. Jur. Wolfgang Bittner (Germany), Jurist, Author: “We Are in War Mode”
Sam Pitroda (U.S./India), Telecom and IT Innovator; “Potential for Peace in a Hyperconnected World”
Diane Sare (United States), candidate for U.S. Senate (New York); Nick Brana (United States), National Chairman, People’s Party; Angela McArdle (United States), Chairwoman, Libertarian National Committee: “Can Americans Put Aside Their Divisions to Stop Nuclear War?”
Religious Leaders (United States)
Question and Answer Session
Panel 2: The Name of Peace: A New Security and Economic Development Architecture
Saturday, February 4, 2023, 2:00 pm EST; 8:00 pm CET
Moderator: Dennis Small, The Schiller Institute and Executive Intelligence Review (EIR)
Jacques Cheminade (France), President of Solidarité et Progrès party, former Presidential candidate: “LaRouche’s Design for the New Paradigm”
Shakeel Ahmad Ramay (Pakistan), CEO, Asian Institute of Eco-Civilization Research and Development: “Sustainable Peace through Inclusive Development: A Case Study of GDI and GSI”
Prof. Liu Haifang (China), Beijing University: “EU-China-Africa Relations and the New Architecture”
Dr. Fred M’membe, (Zambia), President of the Socialist Party of Zambia; former editor, Zambia Post; former Presidential candidate
Elison Karuhanga (Uganda), Attorney; Expert in Energy Law; former State Attorney, Directorate of Civil Litigation, Attorney General’s Chambers.
Prof. Yoro Diallo, (Mali/China), Executive Director, Center for Francophone Studies, Director, African Museum, Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University, China: “Sino-Africa Cooperation: Building a Community of Peace and Shared Development”
Marcelo Muñoz (Spain), Founder and President Emeritus of Cátedra China think tank, “If Europe Decouples from China, It Will Sink into Poverty”
Julio De Vido (Argentina), former Minister of Planning and Public Investment, former member of Congress: “BRICS-Plus: Bringing the Belt and Road Initiative into the Americas”
Pedro Pinho (Brazil), President, Association of Petrobras Engineers (AEPET): “Brazil Must Back its BRICS Partners to End the Unipolar World Order”
Celeste Sáenz de Miera (Mexico), Secretary General, Mexico Journalists Club
Question and Answer Session
We are in an epochal change, but a very different one than that about which Chancellor Scholz of Germany has been talking. We are at the end of the era of colonial suppression. The countries of the Global South are now demanding their innate right for development.
The old order, which neither follows rules, nor is in order, is trying to prevent a change in the status quo, which protects the rights of the billionaires, but neglects the billions of people who suffer from scarcity.
There is now an attempt to establish Global NATO through an interconnected network of military treaties, the NATO- EU agreement, the AUKUS (Australia-United Kingdom-United States partnership), the UK-Japan “Reciprocal Access Agreement,” which look more and more like a march towards a global showdown with Russia and China, whose rise is seen as an existential threat. In the mind of people like Evan Ellis, the U.S. Army War College’s resident expert on Ibero-American-Chinese relations, there will be an inevitable war with China over Taiwan no later than 2027 and that war will be global. Therefore, Ellis argues, Ibero-American countries cannot be allowed to cooperate with China, because the many infrastructure projects in the region could be used by China in the projected global conflict as “intermediate staging bases” for attacks against the U.S. supply of food and critical minerals, or perhaps directly “against the U.S. Homeland.”
It should be clear to any sane person: global war will be nuclear and that will be the end of civilization. So, it is completely insane to plan for it. And to deny the countries of the Global South access to cooperation with the BRI (Belt and Road Initiative), which is, for the first time, giving hope to the developing sector to overcome poverty and underdevelopment, is outright evil.
It is therefore more urgent than ever to find forces for peace in all countries of the world, who understand that we need to move to a new paradigm in international relations. We absolutely have to overcome geopolitics, which led to two world wars in the 20th Century. We have to realize a new international security and development architecture, which takes into account the security interests of every single country on the planet—a lesson we should have learned from the Peace of Westphalia—and we have to realize that there can be no peace without development.
We have to discuss the principles upon which the future order of humanity can be built, in order to be able to self-govern ourselves. The future world order must guarantee the life and creative potential of every person on the planet, and therefore must eliminate hunger, poverty, and underdevelopment. We need to conceptualize and create institutions that can realize these goals. There are many useful historic reference points for the construction of a new order, such as FDR’s original intentions for the Bretton Woods System to massively increase the living standard of the countries of the Global South, as well as the UN Charter. There are the GSI, the Global Security Initiative, and the GDI, Global Development Initiative, proposals of China.
We have clearly reached a crossroad in human history, where we either self-destruct in a global nuclear war, or we realize our potential as the only known creative species in the universe so far, and therefore find a solution which overcomes the present conflicts by establishing a higher level of reason. A good example of that method of thinking was presented to the world by Nicholas of Cusa with his “Coincidentia Oppositorum,” the Coincidence of Opposites, which proceeds from the understanding that the One has a higher power than the Many. This is why the offer of Pope Francis to provide the venue of the Vatican for immediate unconditional peace negotiation between Russia and Ukraine should be supported.
It is high time that we bring the political, economic, and social order on earth into cohesion with the actual physical laws of the universe, which will also give rise to an unbounded optimism about the creative lawfulness which underlies creation. If we change our thinking in this way, we can shape our future in ways few people have an inkling of today. We will soon use thermonuclear fusion power commercially and solve energy scarcity; we will cooperate to make Africa the promising continent of the future; we will cooperate on international space science and travel; we will increase longevity by discovering cures for many diseases; and we will create a new cultural renaissance to celebrate the creativity of our species, just to name a few of the many wonderful things we will be able to do.
To discuss these different roads, which offer themselves at this branching point in history, join us in this upcoming conference!