Jeffrey Sachs highlights the damaging US mindset that the world should revolve around it, which is undermining the need for regional cooperation to get on top of the huge problems facing the planet
| Drawn from John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations and other sources
NOOSA - In this speech made by Jeffrey Sachs ahead of late June’s NATO Summit in Madrid, he offers a view of a world in a great mess and which needs to renew diplomacy, negotiation, cooperation and collaboration to solve the immense problems humanity is facing.
Sachs, a professor of sustainable development and professor of health policy at Columbia University in USA, has served as an adviser to three United Nations secretaries-general and is an economist who advised on economic reforms in Russia and several Eastern European nations in the 1990s.
His books include ‘The End of Poverty’, ‘Common Wealth’, ‘The Age of Sustainable Development’, ‘Building the New American Economy’, and most recently, ‘A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism’.
He believes the real trigger of the Russia-Ukraine conflict was constant NATO expansion supported by the US..
"The real solution is to end the [US] neo-con fantasies of the past 30 years and for Ukraine and Russia to return to the negotiating table with NATO committing to abandon its goal of eastward expansion to Ukraine and Georgia in return for a viable peace."
Sachs disagrees with NATO's view that China poses a challenge to the values, interests or security of NATO countries.
"I find the (NATO) statement sad," he said.
“China is nearly one-fifth of the world's population, a great civilisation and with cultural heritage and wisdom that contributes notably to all of humanity," he said, urging Western nations to stop demonising the growing power.
00:18 We are at the end of US leadership
01:44 We need global co-operation everywhere
02:15 Covid came out of US biotechnology
03:15 We could have avoided Ukraine war
05:25 US insisted on no negotiation with Russia
06:09 I can't get an op-ed piece in the media
07:08 This is not right, this is dangerous
08:35 US has a neurotic fear of China
09:32 We are in the post-unipolar world
10:00 We need at least regional co-operation
11:00 The issues are the same everywhere
12:45 Talk about infrastructure, talk about zero-carbon energy systems