Jean-Jacques Cornish

World needs to build backbone to stand up to challenges from US: de Villepin

Former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin says Africa and Europe  must stand together to counter the threats and challenges posed by the United States in a unipolar world.

He was speaking at the  South African Institute for International Affairs in Johannesburg.

Dominque de Villepin says the Africa Europe partnership will be driven by crisis management.

This is evidenced in the Sahel by the security crisis posed by jihadism from  Mali to Nigeria.

There is no simple military solution to this.

The root causes are the lack of political and social inclusiveness and the accountability of administrations and elites.

Crisis management is necessary in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Horn of Africa.

De Villepin says there are wider issues.

“We are facing huge challenges and difficulties. The world’s stability is at stake. We can see it everyday. We can see it today in the decision taken by the US administration to transfer the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. We have seen it in the last week in the decision Donald Trump to renounce the nuclear agreement with Iran. The world has not sufficient backbone to be able to stand  such challenges alone, ” says de Villepin.

He believes it is necessary to reinforce the backbone of the world. 

The first of these involved reinforcing the axis of Paris, Berlin, Moscow and China to give more stability and perspective to Eurasia.

The second axis requiring reinforcement is Europe and Africa.

This will give a bigger capacity for the world to stand in front of  both local and global crisis that threaten to emerge again like in the cold war era.

There was a special mentality  and rules that applied in that era.

Today there are no regulations or any help to monitor the dificulties  that arise. 


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Jean-Jacques Cornish is a journalist and broadcaster who has been involved in the media all his adult life.

Starting as a reporter on his hometown newspaper, he moved briefly to then Rhodesia before returning to South Africa to become a parliamentary correspondent with the South African Press Association. He was sent to London as Sapa’s London editor and also served as special correspondent to the United Nations. He joined the then Argus group in London as political correspondent.

Returning to South Africa after 12 years abroad, he was assistant editor on the Pretoria News for a decade before becoming editor of the Star and SA Times for five years.

Since 1999 he’s been an independent journalist writing and broadcasting – mainly about Africa – for Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape
Talk, Radio France International, PressTV, Radio Live New Zealand, Business Day, Mail & Guardian, the BBC, Agence France Press,
Business in Africa, Leadership, India Today, the South African Institute for International Affairs and the Institute for Security Studies.

He has hosted current affairs talk shows on Talk Radio 702 and 567 Cape Talk. He appears as an African affairs pundit on SABC Africa and CNBC Africa.
He lectured in contemporary studies to journalism students at the Tshwane University of Technology and the University of Pretoria.

He speaks on African affairs to corporate and other audiences.
He has been officially invited as a journalist to more than 30 countries. He was the winner of the 2007 SADC award for radio journalism.

He’s been a member of the EISA team observing elections in Somaliland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Egypt and Tunsiai.

In October 2009 he headed a group of 39 African journalists to the 60th anniversary celebrations of the Peoples’ Republic of China.

In January 2010 he joined a rescue and paramedical team to earthquake struck Haiti.

He is immediate past president of the Alliance Francaise of Pretoria.

Jean-Jacques is a director of Giant Media. The company was given access to Nelson Mandela in his retirement years until 2009.
He is co-producer of the hour-long documentary Mandela at 90 that was broadcast on BBC in January 2009.