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Pastrana at the World Forum for Democracy: 'It will not be possible to win the war against extremists without a soft power strategy'

The former President of Colombia, Andrés Pastrana (1988-2002) participated in the Strasbourg World Forum for Democracy (18-20 November) entitled 'Freedom vs Control: for a democratic response' and highlighted Club de Madrid's work on tackling terrorism. Pastrana, one of the most active members of the organization explained, that 'it will not be possible to win the war against extremists without a soft power strategy' and urged political and social leaders to signed the Global Consensus, a set of principles to counter and prevent violent extremism joined by 40 former Presidents and Primer Ministers during the recent Club de Madrid/ICSR policy dialogue 'Madrid+10, preventing and countering violent extremism'. Join here the Global Consensus


Migration and Shared Societies in the Dominican Republic

The Club de Madrid Shared Societies Project participated at the Migration and Public Administration Seminar organized by the National Institute of Migration (INM) of the Dominican Republic held in Santo Domingo from 18 to 20 November 2015.

'Violence and the causes of violence', op-ed en El País by Vaira Vike-Freiberga and Peter Neumann

On the occasion of the 'Madrid+10 Policy Dialogue on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism' the heads of both organizing institutions, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Club de Madrid, and Peter Neumann, Director of the ICSR, co-authored this Op-Ed, published in the spanish leading newspaper, El País, in which they reflect about how the entire world with the aim of creating a new “Global Consensus” on how to fight extremism and create more peaceful, cohesive societies. The terrorist attacks that have strucked the world in Tunis, Lebanon and more recently in Paris prove this aim is now more imperative than ever

2015 Global Terrorism Index

LONDON, 17 November 2015 – The number of lives lost to terrorism increased by 80% in 2014, reaching the highest level ever recorded at 32,658. This compares to 18,111 in 2013. According to the third edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), out today, this increase represents the largest yearly increase in deaths ever recorded. The report also highlights the dramatic rise in terrorism over time, with deaths increasing by nine-fold since the year 2000.

Club de Madrid condemns the extremists attacks in Paris

It is with profound sorrow and pain that we, the Members of the Club de Madrid, strongly condemn yesterday’s terrorist attacks in Paris, as well as those in Lebanon last thursday, Tunis in March and June and other places where barbaric insanity has left so many innocent victims. 

Freedom fighter, Abdul-kareem Al Eryani, passes away

Democracy has just lost one of its most formidable champions and the Club de Madrid one of its most committed and admired Members: Abdul-Kareem Al-Eryani, former Prime Minister of Yemen (1980-1983; 1999-2011), passed away on November 8th. A key political figure for the last 40 years in Yemen, Al Eryani devoted his life to his country and to the cause of democracy not only in Yemen but throughout the Middle East and elsewere.

Ban Ki-moon on CVE at the Club de Madrid Policy Dialogue: "Human rights must be at the forefront of our response"

 The closing session of the Club de Madrid/ICSR policy Dialogue "Madrid+10, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism" was highlighted with a keynote speech by the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, in which he underlined that the response to violent extremism must be democratic and human rights focused to "avoid breeding the problems we are trying to solve". Click on the story to read the Secretary General's whole speech 

The King of Spain delivers the inaugural speech of the Madrid+10, Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

Felipe IV, the King of Spain, inaugurated the Club de Madrid/ICSR's policy dialogue Madrid+10: Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. He underlined the need for non-traditional means to tackle the menace of radicalization and terrorism. This is in line with the main outcome of the conference, the document Global Consensus, that has been signed by 40 club de Madrid Members, all of them democratically elected former Presidents and Prime Ministers. It can be found and signed in the online platform

WATCH NOW: Closing Session with Ban Ki Moon
  • Danilo Turk, Member of Club de Madrid, President of Slovenia (2007-2012)
  • John Alderdice, House of Lords


  • Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations

Closing remarks:  

  • José Garciá-Margallo y Marfil, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of the Club de Madrid. President Latvia (1999-2007)
WATCH NOW : Moving Forward: Obstacles and Opportunities in the Fight Against Violent Extremism

Moderator:  Jennifer M. Shipley, Vice President of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of New Zealand (1997-1999)


  • Anne Aly, Founding Chair of People against Violent Extremism, Professor  Edith Cowan University, Associate Professor Curtin University
  • John Bruton, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Ireland (1994-1997)
  • Hafez Ghanem, World Bank Vice President for MENA, nonresident senior fellow in Brookings
  • Hugo Martínez Bonilla, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of  El Salvador
  • Loretta Napoleoni, Expert on terrorist financing and money laundering
WATCH NOW: International Jurisdiction on Terrorism as a Preventive Tool


Laura Chinchilla, Nominated Club de Madrid Member, President of Costa Rica (2010-2014)


  • Bogdan Lucian Aurescu, Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • Jean-Paul Laborde, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED)
  • José Garciá-Margallo y Marfil, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs


WATCH NOW: Managing Turmoil-the Middle East in Transformation


Farah Pandith, Strategic Advisor to the Institute for Strategic Dialogue and Senior Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University


  • Sadig Al Mahdi, Member of Club de Madrid, Prime Minister of Sudan (1966-  1967; 1986-1989)
  • Scott Atran, Director of Research, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • Javier Solana, Member of Club de Madrid, Secretary General of NATO (1995- 1999), Secretary General of the Council of the EU (1999-2009)
  • Volker Türk, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection  (UNHCR)

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