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March 07, 2005

Mona Makram-Ebeid

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Mona Makram-Ebeid is a Professor of Political Science and Political Sociology at the American University of Cairo, and the President and founder of the Association for the Advancement of Education. From 1990 to 1995 she was a Member of Parliament in the People's Assembly of Egypt.

She studied at Cairo University in Egypt, the American University in Cairo and Harvard University, Massachusetts in the USA. She has also ben an adviser to the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa Region. As a consultant she works with the International Consultative Group for the Middle East Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington with Search for Common Ground, Initiative for Peace and Cooperation in the Middle East, Washington DC. She is a founding member of the Arab Organization for Human Rights; Egyptian Council for Foreign Relations. She also serves on the board of several policy groups, such as the Arab Though Forum, Jordan, and is a member of the Club of Rome, the UN Committee for Policy Development, the UNDP and the Foreign Relations Committee of The National Council for Women. She is also the author of numerous publications and the recipient of numerous awards including the 1998 International Hall of Fame Award.

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

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