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Press Release, March 8 (WG 13)

Thematic Subject Area III: Towards a Democratic Response
International Institutions
Working Group 13

March 8th, the International Summit on Democracy and Terrorism will host a working group composed of experts in international relations. They will analyse why, when international co-operation is more necessary than ever, the struggle against terrorism has raised serious questions about the effectiveness and relevance of some international institutions. The following themes will be addressed:

  • Are new laws, treaties, and institutions necessary?
  • What are the obstacles to ratifying and implementing existing conventions?
  • How can the `definition problem´ be resolved?
  • How political conflicts can be overcome using the existing framework of multilateral institutions.
  • Examination of the role of regional organisations.
  • The conclusions of this working group and 16 others will be incorporated into the Agenda of Madrid, which will be published on March 11th, 2005.

    Working group members will include:

    Working Group Coordinator:

    • Fen Hampson (Canada), director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, Ottawa. Research interests include multilateralism, global governance and human security. Author of, among many other publications, Multilateral Negotiations (Johns Hopkins 1999).


    • Elias Bluth (Uruguay), Deputy Secretary of Defence, Uruguay. Former Chief of Staff of the President’s Office. Attorney with distinguished career in international arbitration. President of the Interamerican Committee Against Terrorism of the Organisation of American States.
    • Carlos Esposito (Spain), professor of international law at the Universidad Autonóma de Madrid and senior researcher at the FRIDE Foundation. Former deputy director of the international law department at the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
    • Gareth Evans (Australia-Belgium), president of the International Crisis Group. Former Australian Foreign Minister. Member of numerous international commissions, including the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change.
    • Tom Farer (USA), dean of the school of international studies at the University of Denver. Former official of the U.S. Defense and State Departments, as well as Legal Consultant to the UN Intervention Force in Somalia. Author of numerous publications.
    • Paul Heinbecker (Canada), permanent representative of Canada to the United Nations. Almost four decades in his country’s diplomatic service, he was Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s chief foreign policy advisor, as well as assistant deputy minister for global and security policy.
    • Jeffrey Laurenti (USA-UN), deputy director of the United Nations and Global Security Programme at the United Nations Foundation. Former executive director of policy studies at the U.S. United Nations Association.
    • Edward Luck (USA), director of the Center on International Organization, Columbia University. Published and testified before Congress on arms control, Russian and East Asian affairs, as well as on United Nations reform and peacekeeping.
    • Dominique Moïsi (France), special advisor to the French Institute for International Relations, Paris. Main interests include globalisation, transatlantic relations and European politics. Numerous publications. Editor in Chief of Politique Etrangère.
    • Sonia Picado (Costa Rica), President of the board of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights. Member, Advisory Board UN Trust Fund for Human Security. Former Costa Rican Ambassador to the United States, as well as Dean of the School of Law, University of Costa Rica.
    • Nafis Sadik (Pakistan), Special Envoy of the U.N. Secretary General for HIV/AIDS in Asia. Former Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund. Secretary General of the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994.
    • Anne-Marie Slaughter (USA), Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Distinguished academic career. Currently leads a research project aimed at developing at new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States.

    With the collaboration ofSafe Democracy Foundation
    Members of the Club de Madrid

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