Geoeconomic Forum!


Geoeconomic Forum, Association for the World Economic Development Studies.
The Geoeconomic Forum is Croatian think tank specialized for the issues of foreign policy and processes of integration in South-East Europe.

We live in integration times

Since we live in integration times Geoeconomic forum(GEOFO) considers important to provide and spread of knowledge about processes of integration and foreign policies which have power to affect the Republic of Croatia, and every day life of its citizens, Southeast Europe, Europe and the World.

The Forum encourages that kind of Croatian economic culture that gives the advantage to the social solidarity.

Geoeconomic forum is dedicated to being a resource to help people better understand  Southeast Europe, Europe, the World and the foreign policy structural and political  choices facing Croatia and the Region.There is a real lack of konwledge about these things international, and purposes  of Croatia's diplomacy.

 Geoeconomic forum is oriented to quality, independence,  and impact. Activities, the analysis and recommendations of GEOFO' s experts  absolutley reflect its commitment.

Geoeconomic forum member of Silk Road Think Tank Network (SiLKS)

The Silk Road Think Tank Network (SILKS) was launched during the 2015 Silk Road Forum held on October 28th and 29th, 2015, in Madrid. The Network includes more than 40 other think-tanks and international organizations.

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Dr Jasna Plevnik attends CASS’s webinar on China-CEEC Cooperation in the pandemic context

On April 30, 2020, Institute of European Studies CASS, hosted a webinar the Experience and Prospect of China-CEEC Cooperation in the light of the COVID-19 Epidemic. The webinar was featuring the leading experts from CASS and think thanks from Central and East European countries that expressed, at their video-meeting, the need for a permanent coordinated approach to restrain the spread of the Covid-19 and combat fake news. They discussed more in-depth China and Europe relations in that new global environment that asked of them more close cooperation and supported China-CEEC Think Tanks Network a country level reports. 

Liu Yuanchun, Deputy President of RUC: China supports global cooperation to combat the pandemic

On April 22nd 2020, the National Academy of Development and Strategy (NADS), an independent non-profit research think tank of Renmin University of China (RUC) organized  an international informal video meeting entitled „The Situation in Europe and America
under the Covid-19 Outbreak and its impact on China-EU and Sino-US relations and policy trends in the fields of public health and anti-epidemic. 

Director of RUC’s Centar for Global Study and former Senior Chinese Ambassador  Yue Xiaoyong, moderated an online chat among Ivo Josipovic, Former President of Croatia, Professor in Law at University of Zagreb; Liu Yuanchun, Deputy President of RUC; Kevin O'Malley, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland and Professor of Washington University in St. Louis, USA; Shi Yinhong, Counselor of the State Council, Professor of School of International Studies, RUC; Jasna Plevnik Founder and President of the Geoeconomic Forum, Croatia; Huang Shisong ,Senior Research Fellow of National Academy of Development and Strategy, RUC; Xu Qinhua, Deputy Dean of National Academy of Development and Strategy, RUC and Raymond Yang, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of West Summit Capital, SVIEF ( Silicon Valley Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum ) Joint Chairman .


Dr. Srgjan Kerim gives address to Global Forum of China's Road to Human destiny Community

Ningbo – 24 November 2019 - Dr. Srgjan Kerim a globally renowned diplomat, economist, former Foreign Minister, President of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (2007- 20028) and member of the Geoeocnomic Forum’s Council  gave in Ningbo the address devoted to the comparative analysis of China’s concept of reforming, opening and modernization in the new era.

Dr. Kerim stated that The Communist Party of China under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping paved the way forty years ago for profound reforms of the economic system which resulted in a dynamic economic growth and accelerated industrial progress of China. In fact capitalist market forces have been introduced as the complementary driving force together with the basic values of Socialism including state regulation of the economy, to become the engine of a comprehensive development of Chinese society.


Research and opinion

Dr. Jasna Plevnik for China- CEEC Think Tanks Network's Report on Covid-19 and the world


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China- CEEC Think Tanks Network, which acts as an academic support for the development of cooperation between China and 17 Central and Eastern European Countries (CEEC), regularly publishes reports, analyses and opinions on the situation in the countries that  cooperate in the framework of "17 plus 1" cooperation with aims of deepening cooperation and understanding  circumstances of a deep health crisis that hit the world. The network invited Dr Jasna Plevnik, President of the Geoeconomic Forum from Croatia that operates within this platform since its establishment, to give a comment on the impact of the epidemic on Europe and the world. The text in Chinese was published in Report No. 18, April 2-April 3, 2020) and it is available, in full, at the link:


Dr. Jasna Plevnik, Geopolitics cannot solve the global health crisis

The global health crisis will have consequences for the world though it is difficult to understand now, in which direction it will change international relations because the Covid-19 is too close to us.

Global sanitary crisis might affect the international relations positively moving global powers relations deeper into multilateralism.

Unfortunately, the United States has become the first nation with more than 200,000 Covid-19 cases and that sad situation could challenge the Unites States to reform its 2017 global policy that has brought hard unilateralism in its global values, and behaviour in global institutions. The US administration is no longer talking about the "Chinese virus", and the turning point in US-China relations could not come from geopolitical competition but from interest - to lead coordinated action in the fight against pandemic.

What can be seen at first glance is the world missing global leadership and a vision of a common future for humanity. The failure of the US to take the lead in the current situation was also noted, unlike China whose President Xi Jinping spoke with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Guterres on China's global vision for the world Community of Human Destiny launched in 2017.China also proposed the "Road to Healthy Silk" to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte – based on  Beijing's BRI infrastructure scheme - as a way to boost confidence and cooperation against the 'common human enemy'.

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The European Union still lacks a common response to this kind of crisis, which cannot be resolved nationally. The European Union by itself did not remain loyal to its standards of solidarity. France and Germany took the „first me” approach for a moment, but the damage has already been done.

Italy, Spain, Serbia and Greece speak publicly about a lack of solidarity from the European Union.

It is useful for the future of the EU that French President Emmanuel Macron has recognized the dangers posed by the loss of confidence in the EU's power in the context of a pandemic and called for more power to be given to the European Commission.

The virus has raised the issue of the responsibility of the G7 and G20 countries to shape a fast-global response to the current disaster.

China, the world's second economy, is not a member of G-7 intergovernmental organization, but is part of the G20, which took into account China's experience in the fight against coronaviruses at its virtual summit held in late March. During the 2008 global financial crisis, China played a key role in stabilizing the global economy.

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The curtain slipped and revealed that the world also lacked more efficient international institutions capable to offer new measures and initiatives to respond on this new crisis which was not generated by economic failure.

Not only does the IMF not yet offer some innovative financial instruments and programs to help countries in need of its assistance, but these days it has refused to help with urgent loans to Iran and Venezuela to help them to tackle the pandemic, pushing those countries deeper into health crisis. Iran has a high mortality rate of Covid-19, and its health infrastructure has been destroyed by years of sanctions.

The WHO, which has key roles in global public health governance, should seek the IMF to help Iran and Venezuela, and from America to lift sanctions on them. The European Union should lift sanctions on Russia. These countries must be able to count on all the international assistance in the time of “worst health crisis” as IMF permanently warns. 

If states had to halt their economies, then the rating agency should also be halted. Moody downgraded South Africa's credit rating to junk status amid a coronavirus pandemic.

Although this crisis shows that it cannot be addressed by geopolitics, the propaganda of "dangerous China" has been revived and adapted itself to current sanitary crisis claiming Chinese donation of masks, protective equipment, medical aid will be paid by strengthening of China's influence in Europe. In addition, there were rumours that defective "Chinese masks" have arrived in Belgium. The Flemish Health Agency (Vlaams Agentschap Zorg en Gezondheid) has discovered that the masks received are not from China, but from Colombia.

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The crisis has potential to encourage the EU, China, the United States and other global powers to build new kind of alliances and modernise the international system building it less dependent on power politics pattern. It may appear impossible within the coordinates in the current world but that was said for bipolar system too. 

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GEOFO, association for world economic development studies, specialized for the issues of economic globalisation in Croatia and South-East Europe expresses its orientation through the interconnection of interests of economy, diplomacy and national security.

GEOFO advocates for the domination of economic function in foreign policy of the country, but its every conference considers important to encourage the kind of Croatian economic culture that gives the advantage to the social solidarity in relation to unlimited freedom of profit.

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