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March 01, 2005

Shimon T. Samuels

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Dr. Shimon T. Samuels is the Director for International Liaison of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He was born in England in 1945. B.A. in Political Science and History from Hebrew University of Jerusalem; M.Sc. (Econ.) in International Relations from London School of Economics, combined University of Pennsylvania/Paris Sorbonne doctoral program in Latin American Studies; diploma in Holocaust Studies from Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

As the Director for International Liaison of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, he is based in Paris and responsible for issues of contemporary racism and anti-Semitism in Europe, Latin America and international organizations, including the United Nations, UNESCO, OSCE and the Council of Europe Formerly, Jerusalem representative of the American Jewish Committee and European Director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith.

Samuels has been a lecturer on international politics at the Colegio de Mexico, Sophia University in Tokyo, Pennsylvania Military College and Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He has been a researcher at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and was Deputy-Director of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations in Jerusalem. He has reported as a journalist throughout Latin America and Eastern Europe and has published some two hundred articles on combating racism and prejudice, with special reference to anti-Semitism. Who's Who in World Jewry notes that when asked of what personal experience he was most proud, Samuels responded: "to have been the first Jew ever invited to lecture at an Arab University. It was Cairo and the subject was 'Prospects for Peace in the Middle East', two years before the Egypt-Israel treaty became a reality".

He is Honorary President of the Europe-Israel Forum. He has been involved, among other issues, in containing resurgent anti-Semitism in Europe and the former Soviet Union, restitution claims against banks and insurance companies, Vatican diplomacy and countering NGO incitement in international for. He is the author of a chapter on "Applying the Lessons of the Holocaust" in the book Is the Holocaust Unique?, edited by Alan Rosenbaum, published in 2000.

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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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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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