Agenda for the Atocha Workshop

The definitive agenda for the Workshop has ben decided upon. We will be working between 12.30 and 20.00 hours, with the following schedule:

12.30-12.40   Welcome to the Atocha Workshop (Conference Room)

Martin Varsavsky, President and Founder, Safe Democracy Foundation

12:45-13:05   The Trauma of Terrorism: Sharing Knowledge and Shared Care, An International Handbook
(Conference Room)

Dr Yael Danieli, Director, Group Project for Holocaust survivors and their Children

13:10-13:55    Opening Panel: The War on Terror – A Look at the Past and Future
(Conference Room)
  • Dr. Mowaffak Al Rubaie, National Security Advisor, Iraq
  • Grzegorz Kolodko, Former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland
  • Robert K. Goldman, UN Independent Expert on the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms While Countering Terrorism
  • Mona Makram-Ebeid, President and Founder, Association for the Advancement of Education
  • Kumi Naidoo, Secretary General and CEO, CIVICUS

Moderated by:
Moisés Naím, Editor and Publisher, Foreign Policy Magazine

14:05-14:35   Interview (Conference Room)

Joshua Cooper Ramo, former Senior Editor of Time Magazine interviews Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch.

Creative Debate Participants Move to Restaurant

14:35-15:05   Lunch (Conference Room)

14:35-17:35   Creative Debates (Restaurant)
(Attendance limited to Creative Debate Participants only. Lunch will be served.)

15:10-15:55   Afternoon Panel I: Media Misperception and The War on Terror (Conference Room)
  • Mario Bettencourt Resendes, Publisher Diario de Noticias
  • Joichi Ito, Entrepreneur and Blogger
  • Nick Fielding, Senior Reporter, London Sunday Times
  • Rebecca MacKinnon, Media Fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government
  • Ahmed Rashid, Author of ‘Taliban’ and ‘Jihad’
  • Dr. Steve Gorelick, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, The CUNY Graduate Center

Moderated by:
Christopher Dickey, Paris Bureau Chief and Middle East Regional Editor of Newsweek.

16:00-16:40   Rapid Fire Presentations (Conference Room)

A series of five-minute presentations from leading international experts on diverse topics relating to the War on Terror. (Each presentation will be followed by a five minute Q&A session.

16:45-17:30   Afternoon Panel II: Grassroots Organizations and the War on Terror(Conference Room)
  • Sama Hadad, Iraqi Prospect Organization
  • Jack DuVall, President, International Center on Nonviolent Conflict
  • Irune Aguirrezabal, Coordinator of NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court in Brussels
  • Virginia Gamba, Director, SaferAfrica
  • Shimon T. Samuels, Director, Director for International Liaison of the Simon Wiesenthal Center

Moderated by Daniel Lubetzky, Chairman and Founder of the Peaceworks Foundation.

    BREAK - Both Public and Creative Debate Participants

18:00-19:30   Policy Forum (Conference Room)

19:30-20:00   Closing Reception. (Conference Room)

Closing Remarks by Martín Varsavsky

The Workshop

On March 11th 2005 the Atocha Workshop on Global Terrorism, hosted by the Safe Democracy Foundation, will create a repository of original thinking on Global Terrorism that will continue to be fed weekly in the form of a weblog by creative thinkers on the subject from around the world.

The launching event will take place at the Atocha Train Station on March 11th, 2005 at the restaurant Samarkanda. Here, in in an atmosphere that will encourage creative thinking, around 200 people will participate as policy proponents, webloggers or as public; all will be engaged in the discussion of the proposed policies.
Workshop Program and Agenda >>

The People

The Workshop will bring together journalists, politicians, activists and scholars in the fields of democratic advocacy and terrorism analysis (see full list). We are introducing them by means of One Question Interviews. Anyone can register to the Workshop and participate by asking them further questions, challenging their assumptions or proposing their own alternative ideas.

The Proposals

The general criteria for published ideas in the Atocha Workshop Weblog are that they be original, creative, potentially executable and most important that their implementation would likely lead to a more democratic world. The basic concept of the Worshop is that in politics, as in biology, diversity is needed to fight a threat. Political leaders, when confronted with the problem of global terrorism need a menu of possible responses. From the proceeds of the discussion on the weblog plus the physical event we will offer a series of Policy Proposals.
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The Topics

During the Creative Debates we will be working towards making Policy Proposals from the 12 topics that we have selected. These topics are only starting points.

The Atocha Workshop is sponsored by the Safe Democracy Foundation. (Formerly the Varsavsky Foundation)

With the support of

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