Violent Extremism and How to Fight It
10-11 December 2016
19:00 Presentation of project celebrating the 875th anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi
20:00 Welcome Dinner
Opening remarks by:
Vaira Vike-Freiberga, – President of Latvia 1999-2007, Co-Chair NGIC, President CdM;
Ismail Serageldin – Director Library of Alexandria, Co-Chair NGIC;
Wim Kok – Prime Minister of the Netherlands 1994-2002;
Boris Tadic – President of Serbia 2004-2012, BoT Member NGIC.
Moderated by Rovshan Muradov – Secretary General of the Nizami Ganjavi IC
SATURDAY, DECEMBER the 10th
09:30 – 11:00 Panel 1. Terrorism and Global Challenges
Meeting room 3
Globalization, and its smaller version regional markets such as the EU, have had a lot of promise and a lot of appeal. But lately the public has turned against the “open borders” image of the presumed global ideal. While a prevalent dimension of that is related to the fear of foreign migration, and even more is related to the loss of jobs to cheaper competitors elsewhere, there is an added and very real aspect to the public’s negative attitude: rising inequality. The drive towards ever larger common markets has tended to disproportionally benefit a tiny sliver of the super-rich in all societies at the expense of the vast majority of the public. The gaps between the rich and the poor are widening from Sweden to Somalia!
People feel that, and perceived injustice is a major driver of anti-establishment sentiment and its concurrent drift towards extremism and violence.
Today, when tariff barriers are already exceptionally low, new trade deals are looking at “non-tariff barriers”, i.e. regulations. Huge corporations are trying to promote a further liberalization and deregulation in the name of growth. But as Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz says: “Huge multinational corporations complain that inconsistent regulations make business costly. But most of the regulations, even if they are imperfect, are there for a reason: to protect workers, consumers, the economy and the environment.”
Even within the EU, the four pillars of the common market (free movement of goods, services, capital and labor) are being called into question, and the success of BREXIT calls for new thinking to confront the palpable anger of significant segments of the citizenry.
So what is to be done?
Alexander Kwasniewski – President of Poland 1995-2005;
Ahmed Naseem Shah – Director of the Islamic Studies, University of Kashmir;
Rexhep Meidani – President of Albania, 1997-2002;
Ismail Serageldin – Director of the Alexandria Library, Co-Chair of NGIC.
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00 Panel II: Fighting Terror, Promoting Rights
Meeting room 3
Terrorists such as Da’ish are striking everywhere. Governments have a duty to protect their citizens and defeat the terrorists. But even if they are defeated in the field of battle in Syria and Iraq, as seems very likely, there will probably be others who will take up the mantle of the aggrieved to launch new monstrosities. After all, degrading the military capabilities of Al-Qaedah and killing their leader Usama bin Laden did not stop Jihadist terrorism. Da’ish came and filled the void.
Undeniably, we need surveillance, intelligence and broad security arrangements to prevent acts of terrorism in any society. How that fits with the protection of citizens’ rights to privacy and due process is a major issue which the council of Europe has dubbed as the challenge of “Democratic security”.
So how do we strike that balance?
Petar Stoyanov – President of Bulgaria 1997-2002
Zlatko Lagumdzija – Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001-2002
Valdis Zatlers – President of Latvia 2007-2011.
13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:00 Panel III: Terrorism and Organised Crime: Lessons Learned
Meeting room 3
As dark networks, terrorism and transnational organized crime are commonly viewed as being locked in a symbiotic relationship. Terrorist groups and transnational criminal networks share many of the same characteristics, methods and tactics. There are many examples cited to demonstrate these observations are not coincidental, but indicative of a trend: a trend that is a growing threat to the security interests of many nations.
Vaira Vike-Freiberga – President of Latvia 1999-2007, Co-Chair NGIC, President CdM
Boris Tadic – President of Serbia 2004-2012
Petru Lucinschi – President of Moldova 1997-2001
Hikmet Cetin – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey 1991-1994
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break
16:30 – 18:00 Strategic Meeting for 2017 activities
Meeting room 3
20:00 Dinner hosted by Nazim Ibrahimov, Chairperson of the State Committee on Work with Diaspora, Republic of Azerbaijan and BoT Member of the NGIC
SATURDAY, DECEMBER the 11TH
10:00 Departure of guests from Gabala to Ganja
12:15 Visit of the monument of Nizami Ganjavi
13:00 Celebration of the 875th anniversary of Nizami Ganjavi
15:00 Nizami Ganjavi exhibition at the Heydar Aliyev Center
16:30 Departure to Baku from Ganja Airport (flight duration 40 minutes)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER the 12TH
11:00 Commemoration ceremony of Heydar Aliyev, former President of Azerbaijan
TBC Meeting with the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan
17:00 Reception at the Nizami Ganjavi IC Headquarters