December 18th, 2017

Strengthen cooperation between think tanks to provide solutions for world crises

(From, Correspondent: Li Chuanjun) On December 18th, 2017, Mr. Xiao Wunan, Executive Vice Chairman of Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation, met Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, president and CEO of International Crisis Group, in Beijing. They exchanged views on the situation in East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East, achieving constructive results. The two men believe that the current cooperation and coordination of international think tanks should be strengthened to provide solutions for global crises and play a unique role.

Mr. Xiao Wunan (right), Executive Vice Chairman of APECF, meets Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, president and CEO of International Crisis Group.

International Crisis Group is a famous think tank dedicated to the prevention and resolution of fatal conflicts, with headquarter located in Brussels, Belgium. Its founder and former leader is Mr. Morton Abramowitz (former U.S. Ambassador to Thailand and Turkey, former President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace). Its member include Mr. Mark Malloch Brown (former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, former Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and a former UK government minister) and Mr. George Mitchell, first Chairman of International Crisis Group. International Crisis Group has set up representative offices in Asia, Africa, Middle East, Europe and North America. This organization's greatest feature is to send analysts to nearly 100 countries where crises are likely to erupt, expand or reappear, and provide practical advice to core international policy makers through field investigations and writing analysis reports. Most of these analysts are experienced diplomats, journalists, scholars and NGO staff. They are usually the world's leading experts in their respective fields including Chinese professor Wang Jisi and Ambassador Wu Jianmin.

He served as the United Nations' Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations and Deputy Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on Syria. As a former French diplomat, Mr. Jean-Marie Guéhenno headed President François Hollande's review of French defense and security policies and served as Chairman of the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies, Director of the French Policy Planning Staff and French Ambassador to the Western European Union. He is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Mr. Xiao Wunan (second from left), Executive Vice Chairman of APECF, and Mr. Romano Prodi (third from right), former President of the European Commission and former Prime Minister of Italy, jointly preside over the event

Asia Pacific Exchange & Cooperation Foundation has long been engaged in the settlement of disputes in global hot spots and sensitive areas, and kept close cooperation with international organizations and governments. It has also actively collaborated with many of the world's most famous think tanks including East-West Center, US Institute for Peace in Washington D.C., EastWest Institute, RAND Corporation, achieving fruitful results. APECF has established several Asia-Pacific Strategic Research Institutes in Singapore, the United States, Hong Kong and other places. APECF has explored solutions and sought fundamental elimination methods for issues of sustainable development and dialogue between civilizations advocated by the United Nations and world crises brought by problems of religions, racial and environmental conflicts faced by mankind and social contradictions caused by such factors as poverty, education, medical care and unemployment so as to make due contributions to world peace and human happiness, receiving high praise from the United Nations, the European Union and governments and institutes of many countries. We believe that through exchanges and cooperation between the two famous international organizations, we will play a constructive role in the mitigation and settlement of regional conflicts at the present stage.