It is well known that: “Only your friends steal your books” (Voltaire); “Hungry man, reach for the book: it is a weapon” (Bertolt Brecht); “The language of friendship is not words but meanings” (Henry David Thoreau); “You cannot open a book without learning something” (Confucius). Our valuable old Friend and Colleague Valeriu Ioan-Franc (http://www.crd-aida.ro/our-team/valeriu-ioan-franc-2/ ) uses to teach the love of reading. Nine years ago we quoted (in a book introduced by the “Diplomatic Gazette”, Brussels, No. 45/December 2004) – thanks to a book given by him – the distinguished Professor Thierry de Montbrial, president of the French Institute of International Relations (Ifri, which he founded in 1979; Professor Emeritus at the “Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers”; he launched the “World Policy Conference”, in 2008; Author of about eighty professional articles and of fifteen books in economics and international affairs; Member of the “Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques” of the “Institut de France” since 1992; Member of the Board of Directors of Cap Gemini and of Renault Foundation; Member of the Steering Committee of the Bilderberg Meetings; Member of the Advisory Committee of the Peterson Institute for International Economics – IIE, Washington, of the Carnegie Moscow Center, and of the Advisory Council of the Standford Institute for International Studies and so on – http://www.thierrydemontbrial.com/), Member of the Romanian Academy (December 1999). On the occasion of the reception, in 2000, Thierry de Montbrial delivered a speech on “The meaning of history”, by highlighting the link between the positive message of the Father Teilhard de Chardin (“the human epic resembles nothing so much as a way of the Cross”), and the wisdom of Mircea Eliade, Constantin Brancusi, Nicholas Georgescu Roegen (whom he met), and the Romanian most valuable asset: the comprehension of the essential acquired thanks to our great culture impregnated by cosmos and transcended by many tests.
In the book “Action and Reaction in the World System. The dynamics of economic and political power” (UBC Press, Canada, 2013), Thierry de Montbrial concluded that “good global governance is a survival issue and achieving it is a race against time”. In the context, he underlined, among others, that “there is no problem more important than determining how to enforce the structural stability of our increasingly complex international system”, and “even the European Union remains a long way from becoming a well-rounded political unit”.
Our valuable old Friend and Colleague Valeriu Ioan-Franc gave us a new challenging book (being reponsible for the editorial coordination) of the distinguished Professor Thierry de Montbrial, “Penser l’Europe”/“A gȃndi Europa” (published this year by “The National Science and Art Foundation/“Fundația Naționala pentru Ştiință şi Artă”; Preface signed on 28 February by Academician Eugen Simion, who underlined from the very beginning that the book brings together texts lectures held by Professor Thierry de Montbrial in the “Penser l’Europe” Seminar since its creation in 2002 until today). This wonderful book will be launched in Paris, in June 2013.