COMMON ACTION FORUM 2015

Madrid, 5-6 December

Steps of progress in times of crisis

REPORT

Presentation

More than 50 intellectuals, experts, activists, journalist and politicians gathered for the launch of the Common Action Forum, aimed at providing a research and development platform for ideas and practical steps to make political and international systems fairer and more equal. Forum participants in the opening session noted the rapidly changing contemporary international order, observing how economic and political systems have failed to keep it up. The result has been an increased rate of poverty and marginalization worldwide, as well as a pervasive feeling of injustice and exclusion. In the Forum’s opening statement, Chairman Wadah Khanfar observed how “all of us acknowledge that the global economic systems and intellectual political systems have been unable to cope with the equitable sharing of resources and governance. In the last two decades alone, this unprecedented change has left so many behind. The time has come to move from criticism of these global systems toward practical steps to achieve real reforms. The Common Action Forum will be the platform for gathering intellectuals, experts, and politicians who believe in the necessity of this transition.” 

 

Program

The forum adopts the format of roundtable debates with 50 participants in one concentric table for deep discussions and collective exchange. Each session has a first half of expert speeches, followed by a second half of open debates.

PROGRAM

OPENING SESSION

SATURDAY 10:00

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1ST SESSION

SATURDAY 10:30 | The paradigms of international politics in a turbulent globalization.

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2nd SESSION

SATURDAY 15:30 | To live without hope is to live without fear: time, politics and affection.

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3rd SESSION

SUNDAY 10:00 | New principles of universal jurisdiction for economics and environment.

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4th SESSION

SUNDAY 15:00 | Post-political governance: Networks, cities, citizenship and micropolitics.

CLOSING SESSION

SUNDAY 17:30

FORUM PARTICIPANTS | Speakers & moderators

Wadah
Khanfar

Opening &
closing sessions
ABOUT

Wadah Khanfar is Co-founder and Chairman of the Common Action Forum. He previously served as the Director General of Al Jazeera, transforming it from a single channel to a media network.

Juan Luis
Cebrián

Opening
session
ABOUT

Juan Luis Cebrián is a Spanish writer and journalist, who serves as the Executive Chairman of PRISA. He is also editor in chief of El País and a member of the board of French newspaper Le Monde.

Javier
Solana

1st session
keynote
ABOUT

Javier Solana is former EU High Representative for the Common Foreign & Security Policy, Secretary General of NATO and Foreign Minister of Spain.

Vladimir
Safatle

2nd session
keynote
ABOUT

Vladimir Safatle is a Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at University of São Paulo and a writer. Fellow of Stellenboch Institute for Advanced Studies (South Africa).

Baltasar
Garzón

3rd session
keynote
ABOUT

Baltasar Garzón is a Spanish jurist, expert on crimes against humanity. He formerly served on Spain’s central criminal court for 10 years. Currently, Head of Julian Assange’s legal team.

Emad
Shahin

4th session
keynote
ABOUT

Edam Shahin is a visiting Professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the editor in chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Politics.

Sami
Zeidan

1st session
moderator
ABOUT

Sami Zeidan is a Senior Presenter with Al Jazeera English. He has covered conflict zones and several seats of power including the United Nations, the White House and the European Commission.

Clayton
Swisher

2nd session
moderator
ABOUT

Clayton Swisher is an American journalist and author, currently working as the Manager of Investigative Journalism for the Al Jazeera Media Network in Doha (Qatar).

Miguel
Jiménez

3rd session
moderator
ABOUT

Miguel Jiménez is Deputy Director of Information of the Spanish newspaper El País. He is specialised in Law and Economics, Business Administration, and Political Science.

Ramzy
Baroud

4th session
moderator
ABOUT

Ramzy Baroud is an US-Arab journalist, writer, internationally-syndicated columnist, Editor of Palestine Chronicle and former Deputy Managing Editor of Al Jazeera online.

Alberto
Mayol

1st session
speaker
ABOUT

Alberto Mayol is a Chilean author, sociologist, political analyst, Professor at the Santiago University. He is a researcher and wrote several works on Social Sciences, Politics and Culture.

Matias
Bianchi

1st session
speaker
ABOUT

Matías Bianchi is a political scientist with a PhD from the Institute d´Études Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He is the Founder and Director of the think tank Asuntos del Sur.

Taza
Ozhan

1st session
speaker
ABOUT

Taha Özhan Head of Foreign Relations Committee at Grand National Assembly of Turkey and former president of SETA Foundation at Ankara. He is an academic, writer and columnist for Daily Sabah, The Middle East Eye, among other international media.

Khalid
Hajji

2nd session
speaker
ABOUT

Khalid Hajji is an academic researcher, author and Professor in the Department of Anglo-American Studies at Mohamed Premier University in Morocco. He is also a founding member of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies.

María
Navarro

2nd session
speaker
ABOUT

María Navarro is a philosopher, professor at the University of Madrid, and researcher at the CSIC-Spain. She has written several works on Philosophy, Hermeneutics and Argumentation theory.

Romualdo
Días

2nd session
speaker
ABOUT

Romualdo Días is a sociologist, philosopher, writer and professor at the São Paulo State University. He has experience in the area of Pedagogy, Political Philosophy and Psychoanalysis.

Eduardo
Barcesat

3rd session
speaker
ABOUT

Eduardo Barcesat is an Argentinian jurist, UNESCO expert on Human rights, Professor at the University of Buenos Aires. He is also a founding member of the American Association of Jurists.

Fátima
São Simão

3rd session
speaker
ABOUT

Fátima São Simão is the public lead of Creative Commons in Portugal and Executive Coordinator for the Creative Industries Centre of the University of Porto’s Science and Technology Park.

Mehmet
Asutay

3rd session
speaker
ABOUT

María Navarro is a philosopher, professor at the University of Madrid, and researcher at the CSIC-Spain. She has written several works on Philosophy, Hermeneutics and Argumentation theory.

Bernardo
Gutiérrez

4th session
speaker
ABOUT

Bernardo Gutierrez is a Brazilian-Spanish journalist, writer, and researcher on networked practices, hacker culture and tecnopolitics. He is the founder of FuturaMedia.net

Intissar
Kherigi

4th session
speaker
ABOUT

Intissar Kherigi studied Law at King’s College, Cambridge, then specialised in human rights at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, London School of Economics. She has worked in the House of Lords, the United Nations in New York, and the European parliament in Brussels.

Martin
Gegner

4th session
speaker
ABOUT

Martin Gegner is an academic researcher at the WZB in Berlin and an associate-professor in the Turkish-German University of Istambul. Political Sicences graduate and PhD in Sociology, he is author of The Heritage of Waran interdisciplinary study of the ways in which heritage is mobilized in remembering violent conflicts.

Jamal
khashoggi

4th session
speaker
ABOUT

Jamal Khashoggi is a Saudi journalist and author. Former editor-in-chief of the Al-Arab News Channel.  After a self-imposed exile from his homeland, Khashoggi has been a renowned columnist for The Washington Post. He also served as editor for the Saudi newspaper Al Watan, turning it into a platform for arabic progressivism.

Rafael
Heiber

closing
session
ABOUT

Rafael Heiber is Co-Founder and CEO of Common Action Forum. Bachelor in Geography and PhD in Sociology by the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, his academic work covers the political implications of sociotechnical systems. 

Sessions

1st Session: The paradigms of international politics in a turbulent globalization
2nd Session: To live without hope is to live without fear: time, politics and affection
3rd Session: New principles of universal jurisdiction for economics and environment
4th Session: Post-political governance: Networks, cities, citizenship and micropolitics
Keynote:  Emad Shahin |>Play
Moderator: Ramzy Baroud
Speakers:  Bernardo Gutiérrez |>Play
Intissar Kherigi |>Play
Jamal Khashoggi
Martín Gegner |Play>

MULTIMEDIA | Videos