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MIR initiative’s White book project comes into play as a platform for decision makers, intellectuals and philosophers to discuss all the key issues related to the future of the METR (Middle East, Europe, Turkey, Russia) region transport and infrastructure integration and the ways to make it happen. Anything that can be done to create a new transport infrastructure, raise the system communication level and boost social mobility brings social justice to millions of people.

Transport/communication and social mobility are becoming more and more interconnected and interdependent in the context of the METR region development.

A person living in an area with high-end infrastructure enjoys far brighter social advancement prospects than those “on the outside” of the transport system.

The off-the-scale crisis tension in the METR region is caused significantly by the fact that transport/communication mobility and thus social advancement prospects are distributed unevenly there. It is impossible to bring peace and stability to the Middle East when locals have to face “mobility inequality”, just as it is impossible to stop the stream of undesirable immigrants moving to Europe in search of new opportunities.

A long-term solution for this issue cannot be based on military operations, air strikes or escalating sanction programs. The problem can only be solved by creating new conditions that would boost overall transport mobility as opposed to serving only the chosen few.

Today it’s the transport and communication mobility that determines social mobility and in the end works as the most visible expression of freedom.

METR region transport mobility increase will thus naturally result in higher social dynamics and potentially more just socio-economic welfare distribution in the area, leading to lower extremism and proneness to conflict levels. It will be easier and more comfortable for people to see their neighbors as partners in productive values, ideas, information and goods exchange, not as latent enemies or potential competitors.

Socio-economic and transport/communication mobility are inversely proportional to the risk of inacceptable and conflict behavior: i.e. the higher system mobility a region features, the less likely it is to see a crisis or conflict break out. A common transport system in constant development unhindered by any walls or barriers is the most important factor that allowed Europe to decrease the chance of internal clashes.

This also works the other way around: the lower the system mobility is, the higher is the risk of spontaneous aggravations, skirmishes and warfare as a non-productive way of settling global and regional conflicts.

Uneven, discriminated access to system mobility as a basic value is the symbol of utmost injustice in the modern world.

Never before has the difference in system mobility within the METR region been as distinct as it is today, and that is why this area keeps sinking into political and economic turbulence.

A long-term supranational system conditions development strategy is required to tackle the situation and secure an even increase in personal, trade, service and informational mobility. The main goal of this strategy should be to continue breaking the “Berlin” walls and barriers in the whole METR region. This can be achieved by different means including implementation of new infrastructure projects and introducing modern unconventional technologies and business models. If brought to life, this vision will rule out the possibility of economical and political conflicts much more efficiently than any sanctions or restrictions.