The Workshop Archive

 

The Topics

In order to help focus the policy proposals we will be working from a set of 12 topics or prompting questions for our creative debates. These are the ones we have selected:
  1. From Raleigh to Riyad: Bridging the Communication Gap
  2. Models for Promoting Democracy
  3. Pursuing Terror as an Open Society
  4. Identifying the Roots of Modern Terrorism
  5. The Right Way to Promote Arab Reform
  6. Saudi Arabia: Democracy vs. Oil
  7. Iraq, Lebanon and Gaza: Light at the End of the Tunnel
  8. Stopping the Spread of WMD
  9. Mobilizing Civil Society
  10. Bush’s Second Term: Europe Responds
  11. Adjusting Geneva
  12. Nationalism, Religion, and Terrorism

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

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