A Great Power Summit in 2020 Is the Opportunity for a New Paradigm Agenda
The January 15 proposal by Russian President Vladimir Putin for a 2020 summit of the heads of state and government of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (U.S., Russia, China, France, the U.K.)—to confer on securing global peace, reflects the Jan. 3 summit proposal by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, now circulating internationally through the Schiller Institute and other networks. She calls for an emergency meeting among Presidents Donald Trump, Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin because of the immediate danger from the U.S.-Iran confrontation, and moreover, “to establish a higher level of cooperation” to deal properly with all crises.
Though the two proposals differ on which are to be the participating nations, the concept of the summit is the same, and such an action is crucial at this moment in history. Now is the time for all nations and citizens to organize for what should be the content of such a summit. What should be on its agenda? This is the place and time for the LaRouche policies and principles connected with his view that “development is the name for peace”: A New Bretton Woods system, implementing his 2014 “Four Laws,” through such concrete means as collaboration with the Belt and Road Initiative.
By all indications Putin has gone beyond the propaganda phase of simply proposing a summit, into the active organizing phase. Potential times for such a summit were identified Jan. 24 by Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov. TASS reported yesterday that Antonov said, “such a meeting could be organized, either ahead of the May NPT [Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty] review conference, or ahead of, or during, the celebration of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations Organization [in September, during the UN General Assembly]. I think the implementation of this initiative would be very useful for international peace and security.” When Putin repeated his proposal on Jan. 23 in Israel, he said Russia will send messages to leaders without delay.
Helga Zepp-LaRouche, in discussing the situation, stressed that such a summit is urgent, and that although people may have criticisms against one or another of the UN Security Council “Five,” it is the dynamic that counts. For example, French President Emmanuel Macron has repeatedly stressed that involving Russia in deliberations to solve major crises is essential. Chancellor Angela Merkel took the initiative recently regarding collaboration with Russia and other powers, to seek solutions to the Libya crisis, by holding the Berlin conference Jan. 19 and other measures.
Our task is to elevate people to understand that only through international collaboration can we solve the problems we now face, and that around the policies uniquely proposed by Lyndon LaRouche. Many people hold back because they literally “don’t know any better,” or because they have given up on transforming the world. But now is the moment to address all relevant “issues” people may have, in the largest sense, and implement optimism. President Trump’s Jan. 21 speech in Davos helps open the door to just such an approach.