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On 29 October 2016 at the ROMEXPO Hall in Bucharest, the opening ceremony of Food and Agriculture Exhibition has taken place.

Casa Panciu-Romanian Diplomatic Partner

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FNS, EDA and Romanian Parliament members lead by Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei are starting their tour with a visit to HOUSE OF PANCIU (Casa Panciu)official diplomatic partner.


The exhibition had taken place in the period between 28 to 30 October 2016 and was held under The High Patronage of President of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation of Romania and was convened to coincide with the celebration of WORLD FOOD DAY 2016.


 On this occasion, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-President General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation has opened the exhibition and visited the established pavilions accompanied by a delegation of members of Romanian Parliament, lead by the Senate leader of activity Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei and a retinue of governmental officials.

Opening the food and wine show, IRICE President, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea had delivered the official remarks for WORLD FOOD DAY 2016.


Professor Dr.Anton caragea and Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei visiting Economic Pavilion

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea surrounded with love and respect by the students and professors of Agricultural High School-future agricultural specialists of Romania.


The declaration read in part that:

Today 2016 Agricultural and Food Exhibition is devoted to provide the image of the enormous potential and the endless possibilities of family farming in providing food security, development opportunities and a better future for collectivities across the world.(…) international food organizations are emphasizing the family farming as the core on which our future food and nutrition security pivots.

This is even more real in Romania`s case where 85% of the agriculture output comes from family farming and in our declining economy only the agriculture is the main center of our financial resilience.

When we are looking at this plenitude of food and richness of agricultural produces we must remember that food insecurity is still a plague for more than 1 billion people’s and the achievement of Zero Hunger Goal is still far a way as we have registered a number of 805 million food insecure people’s and 162 million chronically malnourished children.


Our efforts as World Ambassador and our activities in the Parliamentary Assembly for Sustainable Development Goals are directed to doing just that.

Our High Office will continue partnering with the private sector, civil society, all our UN partners, the governments where we serve, but most importantly with the people.

After the exhibition being declared officially opened the delegates toured the exhibition and made the first lay over at the place chosen by Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei, the stand of Casa Panciu (House of Panciu) the creator of Romanian Diplomatic Wine for 2016.


President Anton Caragea and Senator ionel Agrigoroaei at Pietroasa Research Center

The Romanian researchers are a pride for our country say`s Professor Dr. Anton Caragea in his visit to Pietroasele Wine Research Institute.


 Casa Panciu had presented on the opening of National Wine Salon a selection of the best wines of 2014/2016: the Muscat Ottonel sweet wine, which had conquered the public with his pungent aroma, fine pearled image and the apple and fruity dominated taste a wine nearing perfection and marked with 94 points out of 100 for the citrus flavor.


 Amongst other new wines presented where: the Rose Wine of House of Panciu that completed the initial success of the Rose Sparkling Wine, launched in the spring of 2014 and a preferred wine by the Italian tasters present at the venue: the white Cabernet Sauvignon, that conquered all hearts by his long  lasting aroma, fine taste and technological mastery.


 The Feteasca Neagra (Black Girly) by Casa Panciu was undoubtedly the Queen of the festivity. After it was highly noted at Vinitaly (Italian wine contest) in March 2014 and voted by the diplomatic committee in April 2014 at Good Wine, as the Best Red Wine in 2016, it catches the eyes of all the visitors and good wine lovers.


Casa Panciu had presented the celebrated national wine ilk: Feteasca Neagra in two separate editions, one under the brand of Panciu Domains (Domeniile Panciu) and one under the name of Casa Panciu (House of Panciu) both united by a perfect mastery of the tannins, a perfect maturity potential that is promising a good evolution in the bottle and will offer full enjoyment to the consumers for many years to come.


 The guests present on the venue, crowded to taste the Muscat Ottonel Sparkling Wine, the Best Romanian Sparkling Wine for 2015, awarded by The Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation the title of Diplomatic Wine, the Romanian representative wine.



Congratulations are pouring for Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-IRICE General Director and Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei from organizers and visitors alike.


 After touring the Casa Panciu stand, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea has continued his tour, making a stopover, to review the Economic and Food Industry High School Pavilion.

On this occasion the staff and students of Economic and Food Industry High School where presented to and congratulated by Professor Dr. Anton Caragea as the future specialists of Romanian food and agriculture industry.


The visit to the exhibition hall continued with the discovery  and promotion of Romanian quality wines, with an on the spot visit to the pavilion of Wine Research Institute from Pietroasa were had tasted the high quality wine made by researchers and university professors of the center.


The unstinted offer comprised specific Romanian wine sorts like: Feteasca Neagra (Black Girly), Busuioaca de Bohotin, Feteasca Albă (White Girly),Feteasca Regala (Royal Girl) and the flag-ship wine of the Research Station: Tamaioasa Romaneasca, a wine that conquered the public with his freshness, pregnant aroma, long lasting taste, fruity flavor encompassed in an exceptional wine, appraised at 93 points.


 The Food and Agriculture Exhibition 2016 has proved the ever growing level of Romanian food industry and agricultural producers and the skills of Romanian wine producers, perfect represented by the Casa Panciu-the creator of Romanian Diplomatic Wine.


Professor Dr. Anton Caragea-IRICE General Director and Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei are visiting the Economic High School official stand.

The Food and Agriculture Exhibition 2016 also illustrated the potential of Romanian wine research network by the high level presence of the Wine Research Station of Pietroasele has concluded in his assessment of the Agricultural show – October 2016, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea- President-General Director of Institute of International Relations and Economic Cooperation.


The Food and Agriculture Exhibition 2016 had clearly marked a perfect opportunity for Romanian diplomacy to highlight for the world the high quality of Romanian food and agricultural industry products and to get the limelight for the traditional recipes that are transforming the Romanian food products in true symbols of perfect quality and taste, perfect for export.


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In data de 29 octombrie 2016, avut loc inaugurarea Salonului de Produse Agricole si Vinuri al Romaniei la sediul ROMEXPO din Bucuresti.

Casa Panciu-Romanian Diplomatic Partner

Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, EDA impreuna cu Senatorul Ionel Agrigoroaei si membrii ai Parlamentului Romaniei fac un popas la CASA PANCIU-partenerul diplomatic oficial.


Evenimentul a avut loc sub Inaltul Patronaj al Presedintelui Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica al Romaniei –E.S. Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea si a avut loc in perioada 28-30 octombrie 2016 cu ocazia sarbatoririi ZILEI MONDIALE A ALIMENTATIEI (WORLD FOOD DAY).


In data de 29 octombrie 2016, Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea-Presedintele Director General al Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica acompaniat de reprezentanti ai Guvernului si ai Parlamentului a inaugurat expozitia si a vizitat diversele standuri cu produse agricole si vinuri prezente in cadrul evenimentului.


Professor Dr.Anton caragea and Senator Ionel Agrigoroaei visiting Economic Pavilion

Presedintele IRICE, Profesor dr. Anton Caragea inconjurat de cadrele didactice si studentii Liceului Agricol, viitorii specialisti ai alimentatiei din Romania.


In discursul sau dedicat ZILEI MONDIALE A ALIMENTATIEI, Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea a subliniat rolul fundamental al micilor producatori care contribuie cu 85% din productia agricola si care trebuie sprijinite cu fonduri si cu protectie legislative.

Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea  a mai prezentat si obiectivele Natiunilor Unite in domeniul agriculturii, obiective ce vizeaza eradicarea malnutritiei prin programe precum Foamete Zero! si a aratat ca in acest moment peste 850 de milioane de oameni sufera de insecuritate alimentara si peste 150 de milioane de copii sunt afectati de saracie.

In final Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea a subliniat ca eforturile sale ca Ambasador Global si activitatile desfasurate in cadrul ADUNARII PARLAMENTARE PENTRU INDEPLINIREA OBECTIVELOR DE DEZVOLTARE DURABILA sunt directionate exact pentru aducerea la viata a acestor obiective.

Inaltul Nostru Oficiu va continua parteneriatele cu sectorul privat, organismele societatii civile si partenerii nostrii din cadrul Natiunilor Unite, guvernele in cadrul carora lucrati, comisiile parlamentare si cel mai important: oamenii, a concluzionat E.S. Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea.


President Anton Caragea and Senator ionel Agrigoroaei at Pietroasa Research Center

Institutul de cercetari Pietroasele este si el vizitat. Cercetarea romaneasca este un punct de mandrie nationala (Presedintele IRICE-Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea).


Delegatii au ajuns vizitat expozitia si impreuna cu Senatorul Ionel Agrigoroaei, reprezentantul Parlamentului, au inaugurat zona dedicată Casei Panciu, creatoarea celui mai bun vin romanesc -Vinul Diplomatilor.

Casa Panciu si ANA ARE au promovat, cu ocazia Salonului Agricol 2016 cateva din noutatile anului: noile dulceturi si sucuri naturale, o serie de sucuri cu vitamine si o productie record de affine, mere si pere gigant.

La capitolul vinuri oaspetii au fost intampinati cu un Muscat Ottonel dulce, ce a cucerit publicul cu aroma pregnanta, perlajul fin, gustul dominat de parfumul de măr, fructe dulci si aroma deosebita de citrice, un vin aproape de perfectiune notat cu un punctaj de 94 din 100.


 Alte noutati au fost vinul rose al Casei Panciu, care a venit in continuarea succesului Spumantului rose, lansat in primăvara lui 2014 si o premiera ce a starnit entuziasmului degustatorilor italieni prezenti la eveniment: un Cabernet Sauvignon vinificat in alb, care a cucerit prin prospetime, durabilitate si finete si prin inventivitatea tehnologica incorporata.

 Feteasca Neagră de la Casa Panciu a fost insa fără îndoială regina Salonului.

 După ce a fost premiata la Vinitaly, in martie 2014 si votată de diplomati la Good Wine- aprilie 2014,  cu titlul de Cel Mai Bun Vin Roșu al Anului 2016 era normal sa atraga atenția iubitorilor vinului de calitate.

 Casa Panciu a prezentat Feteasca Neagră in doua ediții special, una sub brandul Domeniile Panciu si una sub eticheta Casei Panciu, ambele unite printr-o perfecta stapanire a taninurilor, o maturare perfecta care promite un bun potențial de invechire in sticla si un vin care ii va bucura pe consumatori încă mulți ani de acum înainte.


Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea si Senatorul Ionel Agrigoroaei felicitati de expozantii si vizitatorii Salonului Agricol 2016.


Toți oaspetii prezenți doreau sa deguste vestitul Spumant din Muscat Ottonel, Cel Mai Bun Vin Spumant al Anului 2016, decorat de Institutul de Relații Internaționale si Cooperare Economica cu titlul de Vinul Diplomatilor, vinul de reprezentare al Romaniei care insa se epuizase, spre dezamagirea iubitorilor de calitate. O noua ediție este in pregatire ne-au informat reprezentanții Casei Panciu.

 Dupa vizita la Casa Panciu, partenerul oficial al al Institutului de Relatii Internationale si Cooperare Economica (IRICE), Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea, directorul IRICE, a continuat vizita oprindu-se la standul Liceului Economic.

Liceul economic din Bucuresti este o unitate de elita ce pregateste noua generatie de specialist in agricultura si alimentative si intreg corpul profesoral si studentii cei mai buni au fost prezentati si felicitate de Prof. Dr. Anton Caragea.

Delegatia IRICE a continuat apoi vizita de evaluare a standurilor si misiunea de descoperire a vinurilor  de calitate romanești la Standul Statiunii de Cercetare-Dezvoltare pentru Viticultură şi Vinificatie Pietroasa – Buzau, unde vinurile facute cu inima si atentie de specialiștii universitari au fost apreciate la adevarata lor valoare.

Oferta generoasa cuprinzand: Feteasca Regala, Busuioaca de Bohotin, Feteasca Neagra, Feteasca Alba si mai ales o Tamaioasa Romaneasca ce a cucerit prin prospetime, aroma puternica si gustul plin de vigoare cu o persistenta apreciabila, savoarea crocanta si tenta fructata deosebita, un vin exceptional cotat la 93 de puncte.

Salonului National Agricol si de Vinuri al Romaniei a demonstrat nivelul in permanenta creștere al producatorilor romani, reprezentati de Casa Panciu-creatoarea vinului diplomatilor, dar si potentialul cercetarii vini-viticole romanești prin prezenta de inalta tinuta a Statiunii de Cercetare Dezvoltare pentru Viticultura si Vinificatie Pietroasa – Buzau,  a concluzionat, Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea.



Profesor Dr. Anton Caragea si Senatorul Ionel Agrigoroaei viziteaza standul Statiunii de Cercetare Dezvoltare pentru Viticultura si Vinificatie Pietroasa – Buzau.

Salonului National Agricol 2016 a reprezentat o perfecta ocazie pentru diplomatia romanesca de a prezenta, pentru intreaga lume, inalta calitate a produselor agricole din tara noastra. In special retetele traditionale, ce fac din produsele romanesti adevarate etaloane de gust si perfecta calitate, relevante pentru export.

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In data de 13 octombrie 2015, in cadrul webinarului despre turism si cultura in Europa, Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA  a oferit intregul sau suport in sprijinirea eforturilor Georgiei de a fi recunoscuta in plan international drept un centru de prim rang al turismului cutural si gazda a Forumului “Drumul Matasii”.

Tbilisi-Georgia-World Capital of Culture and Tourism

Tbilisi: se doreste a fi capitala mondiala a culturii si gazda Forumului Drumul Matasii.

Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA a facut un portret entuziast al comorilor de arta, cultura si istorie ce constituie patrimoniul turistic si cultural al Georgiei si in special a pus accent pe rolul capitalei Tbilisi in atragerea turistilor prezentand orasul drept o viitoare si potentiala capitala culturala si turistica de valoare universala in cadrul unui raport intitulat: TBILISI: ORASUL UNDE ISTORIA REVINE LA VIATA!

Intre principalele puncte forte ale turismului cultural georgian raportul a enumerat:

• Capitala Tbilisi are o atmosfera mediteraneeana si se afla pe malurile raului Mtkvari, intr-o vale inconjurata de dealuri. Orasul vechi se intinde la sud de rau si are numeroase biserici cu fresce, case din secolul XIX cu arcade si galerii la etajul superior, un castel si un numar surprinzator de cafenele si magazine pentru turisti.

Sulfur-baths-Tblisi-World Capital of Culture and Tourism

Baile medievale cu sulf: o caracteristica unica in randul capitalelor si un monument  ce ar putea fi inscris pe lista Capitalelor Culturii si Turismului.

• Muzeul Georgian de Stat din piata Prospekt Rustaveli din Tbilisi adaposteste colectii de icoane, fresce si portelan, precum is bijuterii descoperite in morminte pre-crestine. Muzeul de arta din centrul orasului include multe lucrari ale artistilor din secolului XIX, precum Niko Pirosmani.

• Mtskheta este inregistrata in patrimoniul mondial UNESCO si centrul crestinismului georgian inca din secolul XII.

Catedrala Svetitskhoveli (Stalpul Vietii) se afla la confluenta raurilor Mtkvari si Aragvi si a fost cel mai sfant loc din Georgia veche. Potrivit legendei, biserica este construita pe locul in care a fost lasata roba lui Hristos crucificat, adusa de la Ierusalim de un evreu in 328. Se spune ca inauntrul bisericii mai exista fragmente din roba. Alte atractii sunt manastirea Samtavro si Catedrala Jvari.

• Satul Shatili este un monument al artei georgiene in constructii, prin turnurile adunate, ce creaza o fortareata.

Narikala fortress-World Capital of Culture and Tourism

Fortareata Narikala-simbol al independentei georgiene si al rezistentei in fata vicisitudinilor istoriei.

• La aproximativ 10km de Gori se afla Uplistsikhe (Fortareata lui Dumnezeu), un mare complex de pesteri naturale. Locuite inca din secolul XIV, pesterile s-au transformat treptat in locuinte sofisticate, magazine si cladiri publice, temnite si crame enorme de vin.

Svetitskhoveli -World Capital of Culture and Tourism Monument

Catedrala Svetitskhoveli-centru monastic si religios, adevarat suflet al dezvoltarii turismului religios in Georgia 

Catedrala Svetitskhoveli – care pastreaza Camasa lui Hristos, adusa in Georgia inca din secolul intai de catre un evreu geogian, Ilie, care se afla in Ierusalim in zilele in care Iisus a fost rastignit pe Cruce. Ilie a cumparat camasa lui Hristos de la un soldat roman de la Golgota si a adus-o in Georgia. Acasa a fost intampinat de catre sora sa Sidonia care, atingand camasa sfanta, indata a murit, de emotie. Camasa nu a putut fi scoasa din stransoarea manii ei , asa incat a fost ingropata cu ea. Locul in care Sidonia este ingropata, cu camasa lui Hristos, se fla in interiorul catedralei. Mai tarziu, din mormantul Sidoniei a crescut un cedru imens. Sfanta Nina, cea intocmai cu Apostolii pentru georgieni ( sec IV), a cerut sa fie taiat acest cedru, din care au facut 7 coloane, pentru constructia bisericii. Cea de-a saptea coloana s-a ridicat singura in aer si doar dup ace Sf Nina s-a rugat o noapte intreaga, a revenit pe pamant. S-a spus ca din aceasta a saptea coloana curgea un lichid sfant, care tamaduia toate bolile. Catedrala Svetichoveli a fost construita pe locul ales de Sf Nina si a reprezentat, timp de secole, cea mai importanta catedrala a Georgiei. Si loc de pelerinaj si de venerare.

In present adaposteste scaunul Arhiepiscopului de Mtskheta si Tbilisi, care este in acelasi timp si catolicos-Patriarh al intregii Georgii.

Metekhi Church-World Capital of Culture and Tourism Monument

Biserica Metekhi-monument inscris pe lista UNESCO ce ar putea fi inscris si pe lista  Capitalelor Mondiale ale Culturii si Turismului.

Biserica Samtavro a Schimbarii la Fata si manastirea de maici a Sf Nina din Mtskheta, a fost construita de regele Mirian III de Iberia in secolul IV. Cunoscutul calugar georgian si nebun pentru Hriostos, Gabriel (+1995) are mormantul in curtea aceastei biserici.

Manastirea Jvari ( Manastirea Sfintei Cruci)  . Dupa traditie, la inceputul sec IV, Sf Nina (cea care l-a convertit la crestinism pe regale Miran III al Iveriei) a ridicat in acest loc o cruce mare de lemn, pe locul unui temple pagan. Crucea s-a dovedit a fi facatoare de minuni si drept urmare, a atras pelerine din intreaga zona a caucazului.Pe ramasitele acestei cruci de lemn, in anul 545 a fost ridicata o biserica mica. Actuala biserica a fost construita intre anii 590 – 605.

La finalul acestei prezentari exhaustive Prof.Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA a subliniat din nou ca exista, in viitor, posibilitatea ca organizatia europeana de turism  sa marcheze capitala Georgiei, Tbilisi, intre orasele demne de a fi numite Capitala Mondiala a Culturii si Turismului.

Aceasta ar fi o recunoastere perfecta a potentialului turistic extraordinar al Georgiei dar si o incurajare binevenita pentru autoritatile georgiene de a continua pe calea promovarii culturale si turistice, ce a adus deja noi si noi rezultate pentru Georgia.

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On 13 October 2015, during the European Tourism Webinar on Culture and Tourism, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA, FINS, ETA, offered his support for Georgia efforts to be promoted across the world as a prime class touristic destination and as host of Silk Road Forum.

Professor Dr. Anton Caragea presented his assessment of Georgian tourism and cultural potential in a report titled: TBILISI: THE CITY WHERE HISTORY IS ALIVE!

Tbilisi-Georgia-World Capital of Culture and Tourism

TBILISI: hopes to become in the future a world capital of culture and host of Silk Road Forum-2015

The report highlighted among the reasons to promote Georgia cultural patrimony the following historical and architectural treasures :

 The historical potential of the Old City garnering old-style constructions, ancient churches, winding, narrow streets, and charming shops. The Old City was a major stopping point for traders and goods and ideas took refuge in Tbilisi on their long journeys along the Silk Road from Asia to Europe.

Other reasons are: Supporting the development and protection of cultural and historical shrines of the Republic of Georgia and the transformation of Tbilisi into a historical and spiritual centre, offering to visitors a glimpse into the heritage of people’s of Georgia.

Sulfur-baths-Tblisi-World Capital of Culture and Tourism

The medieval sulfur baths of Tbilisi-a unique city feature and possible a registered monument on the capital of culture list.

 The presence of city symbols like Narikala Fortress – one of the most famous, oldest and most travel thought historic sites of Tbilisi.

Narikala fortress-World Capital of Culture and Tourism

Narikala Fortress- a symbol of Georgian independence spirit and resilience in front of historical  difficulties.

 It was established in the 4th century and was considerably expanded over subsequent centuries. Much of what remains today dates from the 16th and 17th centuries.

 Giving tourists access to outstanding religious and cultural symbols like Metekhi Church – (built by the Georgian King Demetre II around 1278-1284).

 It is an unusual example of religious architecture and remains a perfect model of Georgian Orthodox Church although it was damaged and restored multiple times.

Other landmarks are: Gabriadze Theatre- founded by and named after Georgian artist as well as screenwriter, stage director, painter, sculptor and puppeteer, Revaz (Rezo) Gabriadze. The first puppet show was staged at the theatre in 1981.

Metekhi Church-World Capital of Culture and Tourism Monument

Metekhi Church-hopes to become a registered World Capital of Culture and Tourism monument.

 In Tbilisi cultural landscape and proximity we found also Mtskheta – one of the oldest cities of Georgia is located about 20 kilometers north of Tbilisi at the confluence of the Aragvi and Mtkvari rivers.

The city is considered to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and today is populated by around 19 500 people. The town has an extraordinary importance to the Georgian Nation as it was the capital of the eastern Georgian kingdom of Iberia from the 3rd century BC to the 5th century AD. Mtskheta was the site of Georgia’s adoption of Christianity in 334 and remains to be one of the headquarters of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

Mtskheta is of primary interest to any visitor interested in Georgian history and/or Orthodox Christianity.

 In the same area of cultural landscape we must note the presence of Jvari Monastery – “the Church of the Holy Rood” is situated on top of the hill on the left bank of the Aragvi River.

In 2004, the monastery was placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the “Historical Monuments of Mtskheta” and was added to the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger in 2009.

Svetitskhoveli -World Capital of Culture and Tourism Monument

Svetitskhoveli monastic complex a perfect religious and cultural crux of Georgia tourism potential

Another vicinity land mark for TBILISI is the Svetitskhoveli complex that includes the 11th century cathedral, the palace and gates of the Katolicos Melchizedek from the same period, and the 18th century gates of Erekle II. The cathedral is domed and cruciform in plan.

The interior was originally covered with wall paintings, but these were whitewashed over and only recently have fragments of them been revealed again.

Concluding the European tourism webinar, Professor Dr. Anton Caragea, MA,FINS, ETA hailed the possibility that: sometime, in the future, the European tourism organization may take a decision to consider TBILISI as WORLD CAPITAL OF CULTURE AND TOURISM.

If this will ever happen, will be a perfect recognition on behalf of world tourism community and an encouragement for Georgian authorities to pursue the avenue of cultural tourism in placing the country on the lofty plinth, but this in the future, remarked Professor Dr. Anton Caragea.

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EIGHT PREDICTIONS FOR 2010 by Dr. Anton Caragea


It is in human nature deeply rooted the desire to see what is the future reserving for us. In the ancient times Sybille’s priestess in a cave near Rome interpreted the sacred Sibylline Book to see what the New Year will bring for Rome. Today the desire to know the future remain as strong as ever but the technique has certainly improved. Today geopolitics is here to help us guide our way in the next year. So what will bring to us 2010?  

The end of economic crisis?

Certainly something that everybody will like to see in 2010 is an end to the powerful economic crisis that is ripping havoc in international economy. Unfortunately 2010 is a decisive year in economy but with a double potential: to show the end of recession or to provoke another catastrophic fall. The economic dates are far away from a promising future. The US economy still has to face with the consequence of a real estate market that is suffocated by offers but also in lingering demand because of the strict policy applied by banks. Also financial sector proved his vulnerability to external pressure when the so called Dubai World bobble burst in November 2009 the New York Stock Exchange suffered a fall of 8 %. This vulnerability to foreign market will still be a major factor in influencing US economy recovery. Crushing stock markets in Asia or Middle East will sure happen in 2010 as the international banking system is slaw in offering collaterals and credit to pharaoh type projects that where starting before crisis and needs financing to be completed. These big projects are a sward with two directions, if they are not completed investor confidence will fall and as a result we will see depreciating values of stacks and bankruptcy if they are completed they will find a market already saturated and they will collapse.

A ghost is troubling the continent: Unemployment.

We all remember K. Marx beginning of Capital: a ghost is wondering the continent: the communism. Well now another ghost is showing here ugly face from New York to London: unemployment. The latest data from United States are crippling any hope of recovery, with 85.000 jobs lost only in December the economy of US is in severe shape and with more than 600.000 people relinquishing any hope for finding a new job the prospects seamed deem. In Europe the situation is even grey, German Federal Government admitted in November that the figures showing the German economy out of recession are exaggerated, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia face national bankruptcy and Spain, Italy, Ireland are fallowing closely and with national bankruptcy looming over Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria economy is still clear that Europe economy is continuing his downfall rapidly.

China and India: how long the miracle can last?

This year the only good news from world economy come from India and China that relied on a huge internal market (more than 1 billon each) to continue to grow in a down fall year. But this maneuver could not be sustained for 2010 economist predicts. Two are the main reasons: the grow of internal market demand could only be sustained by increase in wages that will affect both China and India competitiveness on external market. The second reason is that the internal market is not producing hard currency (dollars or Euros) that both India and China need for their developing economy but they only acquired more of their one currency with no value on international market. China and India continuous grow could only be sustained by cutting their economy from international market and this will be another catastrophe for international economy. In conclusion 2010 will be decisive in shaping the way for a recovery or for another crisis.

Democrats lose control.

In United States 2010 is an electoral year in which the democrats and republican will fight for control of Legislative. In this fight democrats enter on the lame duck position, in economy the financial support offered generously by B. Obama did not produced neither the necessary recovery neither the economic climate improvement, on international policy US troops are still embattled in Iraq, in Afghanistan a long war of guerrilla will claim his life toll in 2010 and Obama just make the monumental mistake in involving US military in a new conflict in Yemen. With none of his campaign pledges honored and a dire economic situation B. Obama is having little to show for, a situation that republican will get the best of it.

Israel – a new military adventure.

In Middle East the clouds of a new war are rapidly getting strength. In Israel an embattled Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu is seeing his cabinet position weaker and weaker by days go done. Israel Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman has found himself excluded for Mediterranean Union projects talks as a result of Turkey veto and Arab country refusal to talk with him for his extremist views (the most inflammatory remark being the possibility of an attack on Aswan Dam in Egypt to disrupt Egypt economy). Inside Israel the dispute surrounding construction in occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem is further weakening his cabinet. In this case as Ehud Olmert has done in 2008 attacking Gaza or Menahem Begin invading Lebanon in 1982 is clear that the cabinet will try to avoid collapse by launching a new attach in the region. The best target is Gaza already weakened by the 2008 war and by 3 years of total blockade. An operation in Gaza could dismantle Hamas and provide a strategic victory with little human life cost so probably this will be the next target. But also there are voice that suggest that an attack on Lebanon infrastructure will be more beneficial for Israel that economically bothered by Lebanon tourism and investment opportunity competition in the region. But is probably that Israel will restrain his goal at more achievable level and a strike on Gaza seems the most likely scenario for 2010.                 

Pakistan: between civilian rule and military intervention.

Pakistan situation is dire: economy fall by 20% percent, unemployment is huge (more then 18%) and banking system is showing sign of collapse. With the army engaged in frontier battles at border with Afghanistan and with a continuous line of interior attacks the last things Pakistan needs is a political crisis. But exactly this is what 2010 will bring.  The embattled president Ali Zardari was forced to relinquish nuclear arms control to his prime minister and also to face a corruption charges that could lead to his downfall. The only civilian personality that could take his place is former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. But we must not forget that Mr. Sharif was deposed in a bloodless coup d’état in 1996 by the military and replaced with General Perwez Musharaf. Bringing him back to power will just mean that the history will be re-write. In any case if there will not be a political solution to Pakistan economic and political crisis the military will step in and this time with the accord of Washington that is eager to see stability at the front door of Pakistan at any cost in order to defeat the insurgency in Afghanistan. A general that will promise Washington tranquility at the southern border of Afghanistan will be acclaimed just as Perwez Musharaf was in 2001 after September attacks.

Latin America.

2010 also witness another tension fleering up: in Honduras a coup d’état mounted by military in convergence with right wing politicians toppled the legitimate president: Manuel Zelaya, crush any civilian resistance and despite international condemnation consolidated there regime in illegal elections. This became now a study case in United States and the region where many want to see left wing politicians as Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez and Rafael Correa overthrown. The Honduras success receipt will be surely repeated in another Latin America country this year. The question is where?

In Bolivia where a so called independent state in the center of the country has elected a parliament and a government and tries to overthrown Evo Morales in a civilian and military coup ? Or in Venezuela where Hugo Chavez is now under Columbian army pressure, irregular militia that crossed the border from Columbia to attack Venezuelan objectives on daily bases and where United States just opened up military bases?

Finally Rafael Correa of Ecuador is also on the black list; Ecuadorian military trained and grown by United States is also shooing sign that could change lines. Where will be CIA next revolution in Latin America?   Newsweek citing informed sources from CIA announced that Venezuela is the prime candidate for a „freedom” operation in Caribbean.  

China`s decision.

2010 will also be a decisive year for China that will be presented in the Security Council with sanctions proposal for Iran and Sudan. Both countries are strong allies of China, suppliers with gas and oil for increasing Chinese demands and both countries have a tension relationship with United States. China will have to decide; to give a go ahead to future sanctions could spell clearing the road for war. Everybody remembers in Security Council the 2002 resolution against Iraq that threatened the Baghdad regime with serious consequences if they don’t comply. United States decided that serious consequences could mean war and launch the attack on Iraq. A similar resolution today imposed on Teheran will be just a final step to war. China seemed to be aware of this and will have to choose between open opposition to United States agenda or temporary acceptance of US demands. The present strategy of China of temporization could no longer work in 2010.

This are just of the few decision that international policy and market decision makers will be confronted in this decisive year between peace and war, crisis or recovery , coup d’état or liberty. The answer will be decided in the next 12 month. We will live with the consequence.

Professor Anton Caragea PhD, MA, FINS

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Diplomacy, Eastern Europe, Ecology, Economy, Environment, Foreign policy, History, Informations, International Relation, Latin America, Leaders, Mass media, News, Open Letter, Politics, Religion, Russia, United States | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment




Caucasus: the place for the next war ?


In the XIX century it was usual to say about the Balkan Peninsula that here is the powder barrel of Europe where all the wars are starting. In XX century the Russian and German ambitions where making the Eastern Europe the powder barrel of Europe. The XXI century seems to have (besides Middle East) his own soft spot: the Caucasus region. Here an explosive mixture of dictatorship, military ambitions, Islamic fundamentalism and rich natural resources is threatening the Europe stability.

Georgia`s open wounds.

Off course the first thing that is crossing our minds in relation with Caucasus region is the Russian-Georgian war of 2008. The war left the region in tatters : Georgia has seen disappearing all his chances to join NATO or European Union in the forcible future, the Georgian army was crushed by a rudimentary Russian forced proving that Georgia is far from a position of strength in the region. Not at least Georgia has seen amputation of his territory by the independence proclamation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Both newly appeared countries are supported militarily and economically by Russia which is making any transgression against these two countries a casus belli. If Georgia does not relinquish his claims to this two regions will never be accepted to NATO and European Union, both organization requiring a prior settlement of frontiers as a part of any pre-joining negotiation. Now an isolated Georgia, a war ravage country confronted with street demonstration and an unpopular president with authoritarian tendencies is ready to embark at least in a war of words with Russia. In august 2009 a war of tension brooked out one more time between Russia and Georgia both trying to win a PR confrontation this time, war is a continuation of politics by other means used to say Clausewitz and Russian and Georgia are ready to continue their confrontation.









Frozen conflicts.

The Georgian-Russian war is not the only conflict that is casting a shadow over the region prospects on a normal development.   The north of Caucasus seemed to be one more time engulf in the flames of radical Islam. In 1999 then Prime-Minister Putin has build his career on crushing the Chechen rebellion. Now ten year after the story is again on the front page of newspapers; Chechnya is burning.  In Ingushetia, a neighboring republic of Chechnya has seen in the last months his president badly wounded and two ministers assassinated and a radical increase in terrorist activity. In the old wound of Chechnya the Kremlin prodigy Ramzan Kadyrov is confronted with an Islamic revival, a chain of assassination and attacks plague the country and make even the Prime minister reloaded Vladimir Putin visiting the region in a desperate effort to prevent a new war in Chechnya that could be fatal to his political stature. Let`s not forget that Chechnya war has destroyed Boris Eltin popularity and toppled two Russians prime ministers.

The conflict has spelt into Dagestan and North Ossetia menacing the pro-Russian leaders and the stability of a difficult region. A new war in Caucasus in a crumbling economy with a Russian unreformed army could spell disaster for Russian renewed imperial ambitious.

Azerbaijan on the frontline.

Azerbaijan is not enjoying a comfortable position on power struggle on Caucasus. With a large part of the population of Shia confession (the same as Iran) the Azerbaijan is observing with increasing worry the rise in isolation of Iran. If a war is to broke up in the region Azerbaijan is crucial: first his air space must be used for aerial attacks on targets on Iran, the country radar system must be used to control Iran air space and any missile interception system to prevent attacks on Europe and Israel must be position here. Already the Israel president Shimon Peres made a landmark visit to Azerbaijan (June 2009), described by Israel Minister of Foreign Affairs as:  „to reaffirms the strategic relationship between the two countries”.

Azerbaijan is sharing a long border with Iran, an important Shia population and a common history and is having important internal issues that make the country fragile, economic crisis seriously crippled the economy; corruption is endemic and democracy inexistent. In this difficult portrait the Iran threat made public by Iranian Chief of Staff , Hasan Firudabadi, that said that is regarding Azerbaijan movement as inimical and the Iran ambassador in Baku was recalled for consultation .An attack on Iran could be fatal for Azerbaijan in the present diplomatically  and economical construction.

Caucasus: oil and gas battle.

As if the geopolitical confrontation in the region is not enough the resources battle is at an age here. The oil and gas resources of Caspic Sea are poring from this region either to Russia, or to Europe, also the reach wealth of Iran in gas and oil could be exported to Europe only by this region. Russia is trying to secure his control on energy route on Caucasus by building South Stream pipeline, by dismantling independent pipeline and exploit the military victory over Georgia as an incentive to control the region resources. European Union is trying to find alternative routes and reserves of gases, independent of Russian influence by building Nabucco bypassing Russia as main supplier. But the Nabucco pipeline must go by Caucasus region and the gas and oil reserves  are also in the region so economic date are making the future of the region even more cloudy then it seems.

Caucasus is looking like a fragile region, with authoritarian regimes, economic corruption and under an ongoing battle for influence and power between Russia, United States, European Union, Israel and Iran. Will be Caucasus the new powder barrel of Europe?    

Professor Anton Caragea PhD, MA, FINS

August 27, 2009 Posted by | Diplomacy, Eastern Europe, Ecology, Economy, Environment, Foreign policy, History, Informations, International Relation, Leaders, Mass media, News, Politics, Religion, United States | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment




 Desert or promise land

Pope visit to Holy Land (Jordan, Israel, Syria and Lebanon) marks an important step toward building a new relation between Christianity and Islam. After the last 10 years when the war in Iraq and the tensions between Israel and Palestine had soured relations  among Christian and Islamic community the two weeks visit of Pope Benedict XVI promise to transform radically this views of clash of civilizations.

The end of clash of civilizations.

One of the most important reasons of Pope visit to Holy Land is to symbolic mark the end of the clash of civilization theory that prophecies’ an imminent clash between Christianity and Islam. By itself the program of Pope visit gives a new definition of Holy land that is no longer just Israel but Jordan, Syria and Lebanon as well, all marked by Christianity and Islam become now the new and correct frontier of the Holy Land. The greater Holy Land of Pope Benedict is speaking by itself about the dialog of civilization and shared faith and community between Christian and Islam in the Middle East.

Geopolitics and faith in Pope visit.

Not only history is going in this direction, today geopolitics realities are lighting the same way. Today Christianity and Islam are sharing the energy reserves and the energy market of Europe and Middle East and are involved in controlling the strategic vital area of Mediterranean Sea and Middle East. Also in Europe is getting birth a community of more the 40 million Muslims which must adapt to their presence in a predominant Christian society an also in Middle East is a strong and historically viable community of more the 18 millions Christians that must have a life in a majority Muslim countries. So regarding at this realities Christianity and Islam are condemned to work together for creating a new life for Islamic community in Europe and for Christians in the   Middle East.

The end of confrontational vision

At the speech in Al Hussein Mosque in Amman Pope Benedict XVI  announce the end of the vision of a confrontation between Islam and Christianity. Pope Benedict stress on the long connection between Islam and Christianity and the fact that Islam is the only religion that recommends to his followers to have friendship relations with Christians. In Quran, the word of Allah, Muslims are recommended to have Christian friends because the will be more sympathetic with Muslims because they have monks and are humble. Also Quran have a sura dedicated to Holy Virgin Mary and to Jesus (Sura of family of Imran) and Jesus, John the Baptist are regarded as prophets and models for Islamic community and in Hadith (Words and action of Prophet Mohammed) Jesus will marked the coming of the end of days and Prophet Mohammed confess that Jesus is among the prophets the most closes to him. In the light of all this Quranic and Islamic testimony to create the image of a confrontation between Islamic and Christianity is false. Also the Pope declared in his trip to Christians that is having a profound respect for Islam.


Voices of discontent.

The new message of Pope Benedict XVI is making a lot of persons that took advantage of the confrontational vision of two major religions unsatisfied. Radical Islamic organization tried to play on the fear of crusades and Christian offensive and they wanted to poison the atmosphere of papal visit spreading   rumors about Christian’s missions in Afghanistan trying to convert Muslims. But the radicals have no success in this spread of lies and the Afghanistan controversy did not match the cartoon controversy. In Israel also fearing closer ties between Christianity and Islam the far right extremist menace to protest violently and disrupt Papal visit .Until now all this attempts have failed a prove that on both shores of Mediterranean sea the vision of clash o civilization has collapsed and a new dialog between Christianity and Islam will resolved many of the frozen conflicts of the region promising a new era of downfall of radicals in the Middle East. The time of cooperation has begun.

Professor Anton Caragea MA, FINS, PhD

May 10, 2009 Posted by | Economy, Environment, Foreign policy, History, Informations, Mass media, News, Politics, Religion, Travel, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment