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The Prince Hicham Alaoui delivers a speech in America on the occasion of the graduates of the Departments of Political Economy.. at the University of Berkeley ✍️๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

 The Prince Hicham Alaoui delivers a speech in America on the occasion of the graduates of the Departments of Political Economy.. at the University of Berkeley ✍️๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿ‘‡

Prince Hicham El-Alaoui said today in a blog post on his official Facebook account that he had previously been invited last month to be the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony of the Departments of Political Economy and International Studies at the University of Berkeley in California, adding: "It was a great honor for me to deliver a speech before the graduating class of the year 2024, and it was a great way to culminate my teaching period at this leading university".

In his graduation speech, the Prince explained in a speech he delivered to the audience, saying: “First of all, it is a great honor for me to be with you, and I would like to thank Dean Leonardo Arreola for inviting me to speak here today. I would also like to thank Professor Emilie Gottrich for her gracious introduction to me. And most importantly All in all, thank you all for welcoming me into your midst.

The same speaker added, “I am speaking here today not only as a guest, but as a teacher. I had the great pleasure and privilege of teaching a course on Middle East politics last spring. My teaching and my contributions on campus in general have brought me into intellectual contact with students and other faculty members in This esteemed university, noting that the brilliance of your academic community will take on special importance given Berkeley's mission as a public institution of higher education, serves California, and in a broader sense America and the world, in elevating all minds to their fullest potential. This deep and vital relationship between our university and the outside world is what I desire Talk about it today.

He added, "As a global community, we have always lived through difficult times. In the past, humanity faced existential threats that initially seemed insoluble. In the twentieth century, we faced infectious diseases such as smallpox, witnessed a catastrophic economic depression, and faced the threat of nuclear annihilation. However, in our time we face The current situation presents a new set of challenges. The unprecedented crises have revealed the limitations of thinking about the world in state-centered terms only, adding, “Growing inequality has revealed the shortcomings of our economic models of development, and climate change threatens all of humanity due to global warming.”

Public health emergencies came from growing epidemics, and perhaps soon antibiotic-resistant pathogens. Democratic freedoms suffered a severe erosion, adds Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi. Human tragedies continue in war zones, such as Palestine, stressing that in the past, we overcame difficult problems by relying on countries. Now, the problem is the state. Existing state structures, in which national governments set policies beyond territorial boundaries, alone cannot solve transnational disasters. What compounds the problem is that stronger countries underestimate weaker countries. As a result, multilateral cooperation between countries has declined dramatically, and global bodies such as the United Nations are only as effective as the great powers that dominate them.

The author of the book “25 Years, 25 Ideas” added, “In order to flourish in these difficult times, we must think beyond the state, and refocus our energies on the basic building block in building human society, which is people. We must reconsider the role of Ordinary people as agents of change, capable of finding creative solutions at the local level. All of us, students and scholars, now stand in a sensitive position and must recognize our identity not only as members of nation-states, but as global citizens, adding, “Global citizenship means taking responsibility.” collectively on transnational problems. It requires commitment to organization and mobilization.”

In this scene, Prince Hisham states, the university occupies a pivotal place. Universities like Berkeley must not only transfer the modern competencies and skills needed to work in the global economy, but must go beyond that by providing a sense of global citizenship that can revitalize civil society by instilling our moral values ​​with a solidarity goal. Therefore, universities have a higher mission, as they are true laboratories. For civic education. It turns us not simply into voters in our political system, but into active participants in global conversations about our shared duties and crises. Like learning a foreign language, our immersion in university life gives us a whole new framework for thinking about the world.

Let's be clear: we will never live in a world without political states. Great powers like the United States and China will remain pillars of the international system. Traditional tools of power, such as military action and economic trade, will persist. However, these tools must be complemented by strong collective action, and communities like ours must contribute to finding innovative solutions. We must also revitalize our global discussions from the bottom up through mobilization at the local level.

The same speaker stressed, “We mobilize in different ways and at different times, but always with the aim of shedding light on injustice, strengthening our responsibility, and organizing our collective energies into positive goals,” noting that the concept of states as a fulcrum for solving problems is nowhere more evident than in the crisis over Palestine. The Palestinian issue today is a true test of our commitment to global citizenship. After generations of conflict, we can realize some simple facts about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It requires that the two peoples coexist in mutual peace, but we cannot know what form this coexistence can take given... Missed opportunities in the past.

He added, "The last serious attempt to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian crisis failed because it merely imposed the will of dominant states on a complex historical conflict, without prioritizing the ideals of equality, justice and self-determination. These are the basic conditions for lasting peace. In other words, I poured old coffee into older cups." He explained, “No one could have predicted the massive massacre that this conflict has witnessed recently. Decades of occupation and colonization have stripped Palestinians of their humanity. On October 7, 2023, Hamas responded with incredible violence and killing against Israeli civilians, and the response to this violence by Israel was more ethnic cleansing, war crimes, and human suffering inside Palestinian Gaza. Hamas must and will be held accountable. But, who will hold the Israeli government accountable?

However, Prince Hisham Al-Alawi adds, no one could have expected the size of the wave of popular protests that accompanied the war. Across the United States and elsewhere in the world, and even here on our Berkeley campus, we have witnessed demonstrations and protests denouncing the flagrant violation of international law and bloodshed in the Gaza war. At its best, this popular mobilization reflects the essence of global citizenship. We may differ in our politics.  But we share a common belief that the way we act here, in our daily lives, can have a positive impact everywhere, At the same time, we reject fanaticism of all kinds. We must protect everyone's right to dignity. We must also realize that true security cannot be measured in purely military terms. Human security in all its dimensions does not mean only the absence of violence, but rather means the availability of social, educational and moral conditions to preserve the profound dignity of every individual.

“Courageous young voices, like all of yours, must continue to achieve meaningful work,” he added. “We cannot rely on our political elites entrenched within outdated state power to make decisions on behalf of our moral will. Global citizenship requires popular participation and engagement, which in turn It is up to you, and he added, “Here, the university will continue its pursuit of scientific excellence. It will do so under strong academic leadership and talented professors. For all of you, your journey begins now as you leave this institution, he concluded, “Berkeley has embraced your personal passions and intellectual joys. Now, it is your responsibility to apply that purposeful drive to problems shared by all of humanity.”

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