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World Security Network reporting from London, December 22, 2011

Dear Cavkic Salih,
 

Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann, President of the World Security Network Foundation: "There is no massive support of the delicate palm of democracy like several Arab countries do for the Islamic movements. Talking replaces concrete deeds. Let's support the new forces of freedom and human rights in MENA and start a more peaceful 2012."

The year 2011 revealed an unexpected second wave of freedom and democratic values expressing the desire of individuals for dignity and self-determination. Following the dramatic years of liberation in Eastern Europe and the USSR from 1989 to 1991, freedom this time resembled a date palm emerging from the sand in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

Colonel Gaddafi, the longest-ruling and shrillest dictator of our time, was toppled within a few months.

Tunisia and Egypt shook off their authoritarian rulers and family clans.

In Asia the military dictatorship of many years in Myanmar (Burma) turned away from its dominant neighbour China setting free hundreds of political prisoners.

Pentagon strategist Dr. Fritz Kraemer (see www.worldsecuritynetwork.com/fritzkraemer) always firmly believed in the re-generation through an elite comprising few active personalities. This time they included the harassed Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi who set himself on fire December 17, 2010, in protest of the confiscation of his wares and humiliation by officials becoming the catalyst of the revolution in Tunisia and the Arab Spring, the revolutionaries of Benghazi, Egypt´s bloggers as well as the numerous people at Cairo´s Tahrir Square. It is the beginning of a long-term struggle for freedom and stability.

However, there is the danger that the still unfinished young plants of freedom may be torn out again by a few radicals. The first free election in Egypt in November 2011 showed a strong Islamic block of 61 percent with the liberal Egypt Block running only third place with 13,4 percent. Democracy as well as millions of new jobs for young people in North Africa and the Middle East (MENA) cannot be created within a few months. Democracy must be allowed to grow –as is documented by the development in Eastern Europe and Russia.

It will be of crucial importance, if the new freedom elite is capable of activating the two-thirds majority of freedom-loving, but simple-minded masses and in turn eliciting their enthusiasm for courageous leaders. Or alternatively, recalling the sorrowful experiences of Fritz Kraemer and the German nation during the Weimar Republic, radicals hijacking democracy and erecting an even more dreadful Islam extremist dictatorship as was the case in Iran in 1979.

The revolutions in North Africa and the Gulf serve as a crucial litmus test proving if Islam and democracy as well as the common global values are reconcilable; and if the people and moderate Islamist parties there – as was accomplished in all of Europe – are able to create a modern humane, free order. Or produce just another authoritarian regime like so apt described in the novel Animal Farm by George Orwell or in the books about the Third Reich and the rise of totalitarism by Bonn professor Karl Dietrich Bracher.

I firmly believe that our world would be safer if we get rid of the remaining dictatorships and the principles of our coexistence, stipulated in the UN Charter of 1949, have been implemented everywhere. Dictatorships employ violence in their domestic and foreign conduct, because they are violent by nature permanently abusing the rights of others.

The predominantly negative experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan show, however, that the U.S. and its allies were not able to implant strong Western-style democracies by military or soft political means from the outside in states without respective traditions.

Our foreign policy must draw lessons from the mistakes in Iraq and Afghanistan and take into consideration experiences of the Eastern European and North African revolutions as well.

Until now it has mostly been chasing developments. New adjustments appear appropriate. There is no massive support of the delicate palm of democracy like several Arab countries do for the Islamic movements. Talking replaces concrete deeds.

Let’s support the new forces of freedom and human rights in MENA and start a more peaceful 2012.

The World Security Network wishes you and your families a Merry Christmas and a very Happy Holiday Season !


Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann
President and Founder
World Security Network Foundation



Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann

President and Founder
World Security Network Foundation


HoffmannDr. Hubertus Hoffmann is a German entrepreneur and geostrategist based in London.

His three main focuses as a philanthropist are:

- 'Networking a Safer World', with the largest global elite network in foreign affairs, the independent World Security Network Foundation (www.worldsecuritynetwork.com).

- The Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect - promoting understanding and concrete actions for tolerance towards other religions, races and minorities (www.codesoftolerance.com).

- The promotion of a responsible elite which takes over special obligations and duties in societies around the world (www.worldsecuritynetwork.com/fritzkraemer).

Dr. Hoffmann worked as an advisor in the European Parliament (Office of Prof. Hans-Gert Poettering, former President of the European Parliament), the German Bundestag (State Secretary of Defense Peter Kurt Wuerzbach, MP) and the U.S. Senate (Sam Nunn, Gary Hart) in defense and foreign affairs for many years.

He was Research Fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), Georgetown University. Dr. Hoffmann holds a Ph.D. in Political Science with "summa cum laude" (Prof. Karl Dietrich Bracher, University of Bonn, Germany) and is a lawyer as well. He is a reserve officer in the German Army (Field Artillery).

For 13 years he has worked as a successful entrepreneur and investor in different funds. Co-founder of GCG which invested from 2005-2007 Euro 3,3 bn in companies like Volkswagen, BASF, ThyssenKrupp, Lanxess and Siemens. From 1996-2000 he was founder and CEO of InternetMediaHouse AG and a large investor and member of the Executive Board at Loewe TV company, increasing the value of both companies by 24 times in two years to a peak of €600m. Before he worked as a journalist in the White House Press Corps, as an editor for ZDF, the largest TV station in Europe, and as managing director of large German media companies.

Dr. Hoffmann supported NATO's Two Track Decision from 1979 to 1983 to deploy medium-range nuclear weapons in Europe combined with mutual arms reductions on the Russian side, putting him on the target list of the RAF, the German terrorist organization. In 1978 he founded a popular German appeal (Dattelner Appell) to dismantle the new Russian SS-20 missiles and to combine it with the non-deployment of NATO Pershing II and Cruise Missiles, which was signed by more than 100 members of the German Bundestag, U.S. Senators like Edward Kennedy, and others, and on December 12, 1979 was successfully integrated into NATO's Two Track Decision and later into the INF Treaty.

In 1980 he initiated a CDU/CSU resolution and Federal Law of the Bundestag for an Annual Report on Arms Control and Disarmament, which since then has been published by the German Government.

For ten years Dr. Hoffmann was Chairman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Committee for Foreign, Defense, European and Inner-German Affairs in his home state of Lower Saxony in Germany and active in promoting German re-unification and a strong NATO. Elected CDU-Member of the City Council in his home town Goslar (Harz).

In 1984 Dr. Hoffmann organized the exchange program for young reserve officers from the U.S.A. and Germany with the support of then-State Secretary of Defense Peter Kurt Wuerzbach with more than 1000 reserve officers involved from both sides of the Atlantic. He was a German member of the Executive Committee of the NATO Reserve Officers Association CIOR.

He supported the Mujaheddin from 1985-1990 against the Russian invasion of Afghanistan, visiting them in the mountains in 1985 and writing the Afghanistan Report for the European Parliament.

In 1989 - during the visit of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl - he initiated and helped to finance the first "Farmers Association of Silesia" - former German homeland of his expelled parents in Poland - which now has more than 3,000 Polish and German members and its own dairy.

In 1992 he was Chairman of the Eesti Committee Report (requested by Estonian President Tunne Kelam) about the Future of the "Baltic Hanseatic Region" (Oblast Kaliningrad; Lithuania; Latvia, and Estonia), which helped to create stable democratic states in the Baltic and the fundament to join the EU and NATO.

In 1981 his home town of Goslar/Harz awarded him its "Förderpreis" for journalistic merits (Laudatio: General (Ret.) Johannes Steinhoff, former Chairman of NATOs Military Committee).

Schitag Ernst & Young, SAP and Manager magazine honored Dr. Hoffmann as "Finalist German Entrepreneur of the Year 1998" for growth and innovation as member of the Board and co-owner of Loewe Opta Holding TV company.

In October 2000 he was awarded the "Federal Cross of Merit" for "innovative business ideas" by German President Johannes Rau in Schloss Bellevue (Berlin).

In 2002 at Friedrichsruh Palace near Hamburg, Prince Ferdinand von Bismarck bestowed upon Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann the "Bismarck Medal in Silver with Golden Oak Leaves" for his "patriotic faithfulness and proven Prussian national consciousness".

In 2010 he initiated the first official Progress Report Afghanistan of the German Government supported by the SPD opposition and the CDU/CSU and FDP groups in the Bundestag.

100 poor boys and girls from the tribal areas (FATA) received a WSN FATA Scholarship to visit schools in Karachi (Pakistan) in 2010.

Dr. Hoffmann is the author of two standard books about nuclear weapons ("Atomkrieg, Atomfrieden: Technik, Strategie, Abrüstung" 1980; "Die Atompartner: Washington - Bonn und die Modernisierung der taktischen Kernwaffen", 1986).

In 2004 he published a book about his mentor of 25 years "Fritz Kraemer On Excellence. Missionary, Mentor and Pentagon Strategist" (with Contributions from Alexander M. Haig Jr., Henry A. Kissinger, Madeleine Kraemer Bryant; Sven Kraemer, Wilhelm-Karl von Preussen, Edward L. Rowny and Donald Rumsfeld).

One of his main activities in WSN is The Human Codes of Tolerance and Respect Project, promoting universal rules for parents, educators, journalists, religious leaders and politicians on how to promote respect for other religions, races and ethnic minorities, as important soft factors of peacemaking including best practices from all over the world and the roots of respect and tolerance in the life of the Prophet and Islam (see www.codesoftolerance.com).

Dr. Hoffmann is a frequent speaker and has spoken in the White House Situation Room (Briefing for National Security Advisor Bob McFarlane and his NSC Directors), the U.S. Congress, YPO Europe in Krakow (Poland), MedDays in Tanger (Morocco), Global Women Leader Conference of Zayed University in Dubai (UAE), the Royal College of Defense Studies (RCDS) in London, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Georgetown Universities, Trinity College (Dublin), and the Cambridge Union (UK).

Member of YPO (Rhine Chapter) and IISS (London)
Scholar Konrad Adenauer and Thyssen Foundation
Young Atlantic Leader 1992 (Atlantik-Brücke)

More can be found at www.worldsecuritynetwork.com and www.codesoftolerance.com


Articles by Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann

Articles by Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann in cooperation with Edward L. Rowny

Articles by Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann in cooperation with Dieter Farwick

Articles by Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann in cooperation with Dieter Farwick and Benedikt Franke

Articles by Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann in cooperation with Dieter Farwick, Benedikt Franke, Ian Walker and Benedikt Wahler

Articles by Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann in cooperation with Dieter Farwick

Articles by Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann in cooperation with Dieter Farwick, Dr. Benedikt Franke and Benedikt Wahler

Articles by Dr. Hubertus Hoffmann in cooperation with Dieter Farwick, Dr. Michael Kueppers and Philipp Hauenstein



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