The People

 

February 14, 2005

Hanaa Edwar: One-question Interview

Hanaa Edwar is the Secretary of the Iraqi Al-Amal Association (IAA), a national NGO that has been established since 1992. The IAA is playing a pilot role within the current civil society movement in Iraq today, concentrating its program on awareness of non-violence, peace building and human rights culture and working to empower the newly emerged Iraqi NGOs.

In addition, they have built up the Iraqi Women's Network, which includes more than 80 women's groups and organisations across the country, and carried out successful campaigns for women's rights, such as the special quota for women in decision- making positions. Hanna Edwar told us they are "proud that women have courageously participated in the election campaign and especially during the day of election on Jan 30th."

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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. It will begin directly after the commemoration ceremonies at the restaurant Samarkanda, and continue until 9pm. Here, in in an atmosphere that will encourage creative thinking, around 400 people will participate as policy proponents, webloggers or as public; all will be engaged in the discussion of the proposed policies.
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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.
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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 Issues

During the discussion stage we will be working from a series of topics that we will be refining down to ten main issues to be discussed at the physical conference. As you read this, participants in the workshop are already working together to boil them down to 10 from an original working set of 37.
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Credits

The Atocha Workshop is sponsored by the Safe Democracy Foundation.