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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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Geoeconomic Forum's President Jasna Plevnik speaks at SiLKS 2020 Video Annual Meeting

BEIJING - September 29, 2020. – Jasna Plevnik, President of the Geoeconomic Forum Croatia, which has been a member of the Silk Road Think Tank Network (SiLKS), since 2015 when it was founded in Madrid, stressed the BRI cooperation should strongly work to stop eroding of global economic interdependence, free trade, and free market.

Dr Ma Jiantang, Secretary of the Party Leadership Group of the Development Research Center of the State Council of China, and SiLKS Co-Chair opened a ceremony of the Silk Road International Think Tank Network 2020 Video Annual Conference. “At present, the global epidemic is still raging, the world economy is in serious recession, trade and investment have fallen sharply, and the sustainable development goals, economic globalization and global governance system are facing severe challenges. In times of crisis, more than ever, we need to uphold the concept of a community with a shared future for mankind, work together, unite and cooperate, uphold multilateralism, support the United Nations and the World Health Organization and other international institutions to play an important role, and respond to global challenges with connectivity, openness and inclusiveness, and promote World economic recovery and sustainable development,“ said Dr Ma Jiantang. The conference was guided by the Development Research Center of the State Council, supported by the UNCTAD and the Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development, and hosted by the SiLKS Secretariat. The meeting was focused on "consolidating multilateralism mechanisms, deepening global partnerships, and promoting high-quality joint construction of the Belt and Road in the post-epidemic era". This year's SiLKS brought together 34 participants from business, research centers from international relations who study the development of the One Belt, One Road initiative, in the direction of quality green low-carbon development and a new digital revolution on the principles of inclusive development. 

Jasna Plevnik took part in Global Cloud Forum on Improving International Cooperation in the Fight against COVID 19

BEIJING - June 9 - 10, 2020 - The Global Cloud Forum on Improving International Cooperation in the Fight against COVID 19 was opened by Xu Lin, Director of the State Council Information Office, and the head of the Cyberspace Administration of China, and chaired by Xie Fuzhan, President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. 

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, the Institute for Contemporary China and the World, the Chongyang Institute for Financial Research of Renmin University of China, the Center for China and Globalization (CCG), and the Russian International Affairs Committee, the Latin American Council for Social Sciences,  The South Africa Humanities Research Council, the European Policy Research Center and the British East Asia Commission jointly  organised and sponsored the Global Cloude Forum.  

The Form was attended by more than 160 research centers and media representatives from 48 countries and nine international organizations 

Former Croatian President Stjepan Mesic was one of the introductory speakers at the Forum together with former Japanese Prime Minister Yasu Fukuda, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia and former UN Secretary General. 

Nobel laureate Joseph Stglitz, Chinese academician world-renowned health expert Zhong Nanshan, Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization, and Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization also took part in the Forum.

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. 

Research and opinion

Jasna Plevnik with Jeffrey Sachs

on the U.S. elections and the challenges the pandemic poses to international cooperation and the world economy for Croatia’s Daily Newspaper Večernji List, Obzor.


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Jeffrey Sachs: If China, Russia, the EU, the African Union, ASEAN and others can find a common ground for peace and sustainable development and work together the United States cannot stop them. 


Please Read the Conversation in Croatian Here 

 I have met Jeffrey Sachs at several international conferences where he persistently advocated for sustainable development and the green economy. I admire his courage to fight for the values of American democracy, the preservation of the Earth, and the multilateralism of global institutions despite the atmosphere of intimidation that has spread strongly online in the U.S. especially after 2017. He and his wife Sonia Erlich Sachs, a pediatrician, endocrinologist and public health specialist, have produced many academic achievements and poverty reduction projects (Millennium Villages Project) that have made the world a better place. There are many people in the U.S. who think they will be the ideal presidential couple for 21st century America.

Jeffrey Sachs is the world’s most influential economist and a United Nations adviser on poverty reduction and sustainable development. He is currently a professor at Columbia University, where from 2002 to 2016 was director of the Earth Institute at that University. In the early 1990s, he advised the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia on their transformation into a free market economy. His new book on global problems is called The Age of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions.

Since 2018, he has been one of the most visible critics of US President Donald Trump in the United States. He most often warns of the dangers posed to America by Trump and his administration that have lost the “real meaning of democracy” and the notion of decency.

Deeply concerned about the current state of his country at the beginning of the year, he supported Bernie Sanders for president and advised him from time to time. After Bernie Sanders gave up the presidential race, he will support the winning Democratic candidate.

"I will support the Democratic Party candidate, probably former Vice President Joe Biden. Trump is the worst president in American history and is a serious threat to the United States and the world. "

He does not think that the strong health and economic crisis in America caused by Covid-19 can stop voters from giving Donald Trump a second term.

"It is not necessary. Trump has a very powerful propaganda hand in Fox News. Elections can go either way. This is a dangerous time. "

Trump's hard unilateralism in international relations became the dominant theme after 2017, when the period of American "multilateral unilateralism" ended. American soft power and its democratic values look weaker than ever. The stability of the world and the state of economic interdependence are threatened, but global powers such as the European Union, China and Russia have not yet devised a joint strategy to combat Trump's toxic international behaviour.

Jeffrey Sachs thinks it’s hard to fight Trump’s dangerous fantasies about the world.

"The United States remains financially powerful through the global role of the dollar, in military form through NATO and weapons technology, and economically through an economy of $ 20 trillion. Many countries are afraid to break with the United States even when they disagree because they fear sanctions or other retaliation. "

The behaviour of the US administration towards the World Health Organization (WHO) after the outbreak of the virus seems geopolitical and unfair, although a shift towards community was made at the recent annual video assembly of the WHO. French President Emmanuel Macron said the only priority worth discussing was stopping the disease and rejecting unfounded accusations, alluding to the United States.

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It would have been natural for other WHO's members to immediately suspend America’s membership of the WHO but instead, Trump humiliated the WHO in the way it did before with the WTO, NATO, the nuclear deal with Iran and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Global governance institutions despite their long tradition and all kinds of capacities seem to have helped Trump to degrade them.

"The world is waking up because of Trump's narcissism and psychopathy. He is mentally disturbed. Many of his followers in the United States do not see this or have some other reason to ignore it. But for most of the world, it's getting clearer. "

Professor Sachs was among the first who rejected the approach that China deliberately spread the virus in the West and supported China as a victim of the virus.

"There will be a lot of independent studies. I believe it will show overwhelming evidence of a zoonotic event that was not related to the laboratory release. This is almost unanimously believed by scientists around the world. Our Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said there was incredible evidence of a laboratory release, but he never put forward such evidence. I doubt Pompeo is lying. If he's telling the truth, he should show the evidence. "

 Is it fair to say that Trump’s re-election could mean that there will be no effective global strategies by governments and institutions to control the return of Covid-19?

 "The question is whether China, Japan, Korea, the EU, the African Union, ASEAN, and others can cooperate. I hope they can. The world needs it. The US has become a destabilizing force under Trump. This administration is trying to start a new Cold War with China that would be dangerous for the whole world. "

I cautiously suggest that after the pandemic and eventual defeat of Trump, the world needs a new order and a new economic globalization as a model of international connectivity that can close the deep gap between rich and poor countries.

"The deep crisis can now go either in the direction of a new sustainable path or a bigger conflict. Both results are possible. Some will depend on the US election. If Trump is re-elected, the world will be far more dangerous. But much will depend on whether China, Russia, the EU, the African Union, ASEAN and others can find a common ground for peace and sustainable development. It is in the interest of the world. If these regions work together, the United States cannot stop them. "

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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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