The Club de Madrid aims to promote a vision of a world founded on democratic values and committed to effective co-operation in the fight against terrorism. Since terrorism is a global phenomenon requiring a global response, the organization convened the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security in March 2005, in commemoration of the terrorist attacks on the city of Madrid the year before. More than 1.200 people participated in that gathering, amongst them 200 experts, 17 Heads of State and Government, the Secretary General of the United Nations and many other leaders from international organizations and delegations from more than 70 countries. As a result of the Summit, the Members of the Club of Madrid created the Madrid Agenda, a plan of action to confront terrorism within a framework of democratic values.
The Club de Madrid, together with the German Council on Foreign Relations, convened the workshop “Fighting Terrorism, Upholding Human Rights” at the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin on November 16, 2006. This high level panel of experts discussed how to face the challenge of terrorism without compromising democratic practice and human rights, with the aim of producing practical policy recommendations for G8 policy makers with the Madrid Agenda as a relevant reference. Panellists at the workshop included Club of Madrid Members Sadig Al Mahdi and Kim Campbell.
In February 2007, the EastWest Institute’s (EWI) fourth international conference on security took place in Brussels, focused on “Protection of People, Economies and Infrastructure against Terrorism and Organized Crime.” It concluded on February 22nd with a day dedicated to “Democracy and Terrorism,” organized in partnership with the Club of Madrid.
UN Reform, the Rule of Law and Counter-Terrorism: How Can Past Lessons Inform Future Responses? by Katja L. H. Samuel, Nigel D. White and Ana María Salinas de Frías. Also available the executive summary.
In the months leading up to the Madrid Summit, more than two hundred of the world’s leading scholars and expert practitioners explored the issues of democracy, terrorism and security in an unparalleled process of scholarly debate. There discussions were conducted through a system of password-protected web-logs, and concluded on the first day of the summit.
Each working group issued a final paper of recommendations on which the contributions of The Madrid Summit Working Paper Series are based.
The Madrid Summit Working Paper Series consists of three volumes:
To remember and honour the victims of the terrorist attacks of March 11, 2004, the strength and courage of the citizens of Madrid, and through them, all victims of terrorism and those who confront its threat. We, the members of the Club of Madrid, former presidents and prime ministers of democratic countries dedicated to the promotion of democracy, have brought together political leaders, experts and citizens from across the world. We listened to many voices. We acknowledged the widespread fear and uncertainty generated by terrorism. Our principles and policy recommendations address these fundamental concerns. Ours is a call to action for leaders everywhere. An agenda for action for Governments, institutions, civil society, the media and individuals. A global democratic response to the global threat of terrorism.