Live Blog: CAF2016 The Rise of Global Fear

Common Action Forum gathers experts to discuss ‘The Rise of Global Fear’ in an international congress in Madrid

Politicians, academics, activists, members of civil society and journalists from all over the world will meet on November 5th and 6th at Hotel Wellington, Madrid, to formulate a response to the spread of worldwide radicalism and decrease in tolerance in a two-day conference with corresponding workshops.

The Foundation Common Action Forum, presided over by former Director of Al Jazeera, Wadah Khanfar, will celebrate the second annual forum, The Rise of Global Fear: Why Is The World Becoming Less Tolerant and More Radical? gathering specialists from a range of disciplines for a two-day conference with corresponding workshops from November 5th to 6th in Madrid.

The event, which seeks to establish long-term networks of collaboration, will focus on the refugee crisis and migration and its corresponding media coverage, as well as will examine the increase in populism in the European Union and the need to redefine the concept of citizenship in an increasingly mobile world. With an aim to promote dialogue, the conference will offer a round table of 50 participants from all over the world.

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The inaugural session of the conference, taking place Saturday, November 5th in the morning, will address the Implications of the Refugee Crisis beyond the UN Convention of 1951. The discussion will include contributions by Amin Awad, Regional Coordinator of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Syria and Iraq; Comfort Ero, Crisis Group’s Nairobi-based Africa Program Director; Sandro Mezzadra, political philosopher and DiEM25’s Advisory Panel member; Ömer Önhon, Turkish ambassador to Spain; and Professor of International Law Félix Vacas.

The next topic addressed in the conference, Media coverage: narrating terrorism and migration, will include participants Katja Iversen, Director of Women Deliver; Arelene Clemensha, Professor of Arabic History at the University of São Paulo, Brazil; Gonzalo Fajul, researcher and Co-founder of porCausa; Journalist and director of Ruptly/RT Xenia Fedorova; and Mariana Santos, Founder of Chicas Poderosas.

Sunday, the debate will turn to EXITs and selective integration: last sighs of nationalism? with participants including South African politician Cheryl Carolus; Brazilian politician and diplomat Celso Amorim; Argentinian legal expert and professor Eduardo Barcesat; Lorenzo Marsilli, Co-Founder of European Alternatives and DiEM25’s Coordinating Collective member; and renowned journalist David Hearst.

Finally, the last session will reflect on Rethinking the concept of citizenship for a mobile world, with contributions from Ayo Obe, lawyer and Co-Vice President of the International Crisis group; Paula Barrachina, lawyer specialized in international human rights; Khalid Hajji, Professor in the Department of Anglo-American Studies at Mohamed Premier University in Morocco; Mario Domínguez, Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University of Madrid; and John Ralston Saul, philosopher and novelist.

The meeting, which will be accompanied by working groups designed to pursue research in areas identified in these practical initiatives, will also feature an art exhibit and audiovisual displays of the current migration reality.