WE ARE CREATORS OF FUTURE FOR UKRAINE
About state’s role in peace and security assurance, conducting open dialogue within institutes of civil society and perspectives on nearest future for Ukraine we have discussion with Head of the Center of International Relations “Peace and Security”, Dr. Husameddin Ramazan Al-Halawani.
- Dr. Husameddin, what has preceded the foundation of the Center of International Relations "PEACE AND SECURITY"?
First of all, I would like to remind you about historical role of Ukraine as cultural and political center of Europe, which uniqueness is caused by millennial traditions of peaceful coexistence of different cultures and traditions on its territory.
On my opinion, mentioned above aspects are key elements of strengthening state’s role as institution that is responsible for assurance of security, justlyness and unlimited opportunities for personal development for everyone, who seeks to rebuild Ukraine - modern law-governed and socially-oriented European state. Nobody doubts that polemics among representatives of intellectual and diplomatic circles about effectiveness of pro-European vector in Ukrainian reforms also can’t leave indifferent us – a team, that has founded the Center of International Relations "PEACE AND SECURITY".
- Have any public, state, religious organizations made contribution in foundation of the CIR "PEACE AND SECURITY"?
Our organization was founded autonomously and independently as a platform for dialogue and cooperation between diplomatic, intellectual, governmental circles and civil society institutions, thus we are always open for constructive dialogue with all, who are interested and motivated for development of Ukraine.
- On solving of what tasks focuses CIR "PEACE AND SECURITY"?
Activities of our center are focused on solving current issues considered as real threats for Ukraine: assistance in defense of national security interests, human rights protection, prevention of illegal actions from side of deviant individuals, also blocking attempts of different terroristic groups as well as cells of followers of radical religious-political movements to spread their activities on Ukrainian territory.
- What is the international activity of the CIR "PEACE AND SECURITY"?
The wide range of tasks set before the Center involves close cooperation between leading experts - representatives of different countries, especially European countries such as Austria, Germany, Sweden and Romania. In addition, we are fruitfully cooperating with our Middle Eastern partners.
- CIR "PEACE AND SECURITY" was founded quite recently, but it becomes leading agent of influence in Ukraine. What is the secret of your success?
Indeed, our Center has managed to gain prestige among diplomatic circles and national authorities in relatively short period of time. Our experience shows that open dialogue with community has the greatest effect. And our Center conducts it through electronic media, conducting of business meetings, conferences and round tables on regional and international levels with involvement of prominent diplomats, experts, researchers and scientists. Photo reports and information about events are posted by our team on official website of the CIR "PEACE AND SECURITY" in Ukrainian, English and Arabic. We are also expanding scope of our activities by inviting experts from various fields to work on projects, analytical forecasts and recommendations for public authorities on security and human rights.
- Representatives of which areas do you most often invite to collaboration?
Today, main among the most essential issues are: prevention of extremism and terrorism, strengthening of friendship and partnership relations between Ukraine and global community, development of humanitarian cooperation, also fight against human trafficking and defense of human rights. We have already launched some projects together with leading experts in mentioned above areas under support of international community.
- What results do you expect from collaboration with public authorities of Ukraine?
I hope that following the European tradition of reforming the state system, Ukrainian leaders will give preference to national experts who are directly familiar with origins and background of situation, so why they can offer constructive solutions based on Ukrainian and world experience in comparative perspective. Then territorial integrity issues, fight with corruption and other types of crime, along with revival of Ukraine's positive image on international arena, undoubtedly will be resolved under support of strong civil society institutions.
- How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected activities of the CIR "PEACE AND SECURITY"?
Every modern organization must be able to quickly adapt to challenges of time and other force majeure situations. Indeed, for many of my colleagues on diplomatic service and public work, the COVID-19 pandemic has created many serious obstacles, but our team is consisted of like-minded people, who are ready to help for colleagues, support each other and work as one team, even on distance. I’d like to note that our Center has expanded work without reducing its volume.
- Dr. Husameddin, what is your viewpoint on perspectives for development of the Center in the nearest future?
I hope, that in the nearest future Ukraine will overcome the consequences of terrible pandemic and starts revenue in all sectors of national economy, it also overcome the energy crisis and gas dependence, restore territorial integrity and choose new priorities for joining of Ukrainian society. Socially oriented and law-governed democratic state, that I see Ukraine in the nearest future, today needs support of experts who represent circles of high-qualified Ukrainian professionals, focused on development rather than on decline of national economy, science, education, culture, health care and diplomacy. We are open to dialogue and cooperation, because of peace and security in Ukraine are our motivation and priority.
We would like to kindly ask you to provide examples of strong civil society from your international experience.
There are many countries with successfully functioning institutions of civil society, that ensure sustainability for democratic development of political system and innovative economic model. This experience will be fruitful for us in designing of national development strategy. Among mentioned above countries I’d like to mention cases of Singapore and United Arab Emirates.
Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world. But in a relatively short period of time, this country has managed to make economic, social and political breakthroughs. Its modernization was based on joint efforts in four key areas: economic reforms, which formed vector of investment and innovation development, planning and implementation of effective measures to prevent corruption, creation favorable socio-economic conditions to support stability of political system and implementation of various innovations.
Our special attention deserves UAE – globally and regionally recognized leader that demonstrates outstanding briskly socio-economic development and sucsessful implementation of instruments to ensure stability of unique political system. United Arab Emirates has managed impossible thing - turn the desert into a thriving, highly developed and powerful state in a matter of decades. People of United Arab Emirates are distinguished by such virtues as diligence, solidarity and unwavering patriotism. Each citizen of UAE has unhindered access to high-quality services in all spheres of life, including free full-fledged medical care. The state also provides for its citizens grants to get education in any educational institution of the world on their choice, and after graduating in UAE, each alumnus gets unlimited opportunities in his/her career-building.
- What experience of mentioned above countries will be useful for Ukraine?
Nobody doubts that Ukraine already has all required features to be strong and powerful state. Thus, I am convinced that significant step towards change and legal awareness of community development should be implementation on state level reforms, aimed on improvement of national education system. Civil society in Ukraine is quite mature, but not sufficiently cohesive, that caused a need in support of initiatives to conduct constructive dialogue on institutional level. It is desirable if Ukrainians will demonstrate more efforts in the field of strategic planning of their future, show more patriotism and take proactive position in social life. It is necessary to develop our internal potential in order to make efforts to build future of our country, and in times of hardship - to draw strength from eternal source of motherland culture. Every one of us is element of civil society and should be responsible for future of Ukraine - an independent, strong, social and legal democratic state.
- Dr. Husameddin, what will be your wishуі for readers of our Magazine?
Ukraine is great country, it can and should be highly developed ones. Our country deserves a decent future. Therefore, we must do everything to make us, our children and grandchildren feel proud of the country in which we live. And I sincerely believe, that we can make this country better and facilitate its development. So why we should start from ourselves: to do something useful for your city and country. Every day, ask yourself what you did for Ukraine, not what Ukraine has done for you. Because of we are creators of future for Ukraine!
Questions by Oleksandr Kondratenko,
photos by Yulia Novytska and from archive of the CIR "PEACE AND SECURITY"
Dr. Husameddin Ramadan AL-HALAWANI
Candidate of Political Science, alumnus of T.G. Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Kyiv Institute of International Relations. He has 20 years of experience in the field of international law, especially in the field of strengthening Ukraine's relations with the Muslim world and Eastern countries. He took part as activist in rescueing of Ukrainian hostages. He was awarded by Verkhovna Rada for strengthening international relations and security in society for the benefit of Ukraine and by European Development Association for significant achievements in professional career. He has got honorary diplomas as participant of international conferences on terrorism suppression. Citizen of Ukraine. Was born on February 2, 1976 in Lebanon. Married, has four children.