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The Global Economy 1


December 15-16, 1997
Boston, MA USA

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USA Business in Poland


December 7, 1998
Boston, MA

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The Global Economy 2


October 23-25, 1998
Boston, MA

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Technology and Democracy 1


March 6-7, 1999
Boston, MA USA

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The Legacy of State Socialism


30 March-April 1, 2000
Cambridge University, UK

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The Future of US and Russian Relations


April 6-7, 2000
Boston, MA USA

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Technology and Democracy 2: E-Government and Democratic Rights


March 15-17 2001
Balliol College, Oxford University, UK

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Democratic Transition and Consolidation


October 19-20 and 26-27, 2001
Madrid, Spain

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Corporate Governance and Investment in Transitioning Economies


April 24-26, 2003
Boston, MA. USA

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The International Conference on Peace, Development and Regionalization in East Asia


September 2-3, 2003
Seoul, South Korea

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GA I: Final Declaration - I

Club of Madrid
October 26, 2002
Madrid, Spain

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GA II: Final Declaration - II

Club of Madrid
1 - 2 November 2003
Madrid, Spain

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GA III: Democracies in Danger: Diagnosis and Prescriptions

Club of Madrid
November 11-13, 2004
Palace of the Lower House of Parliament, Madrid, Spain

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GA IV: Democracy in the Post Communist World

Club of Madrid
November 10-12, 2005
Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague

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International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security

Club of Madrid
8-11 March 2005
Madrid, Spain

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GA V: The Challenges of Energy and Democratic Leadership

Club of Madrid
October 20-21, 2006
Spanish Senate, Madrid

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VI General Assembly and Annual Conference


19-20 November, 2007
Instituto Cervantes, Madrid

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VII General Assembly and Global Forum on Leadership for Shared Societies


12-14 November, 2008
Rotterdam

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VIII General Assembly and Annual Conference


12-13 November, 2009
Palacio de Congresos, Madrid

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XXIV Board of Directors


20-21 April 2010
Pamplona, Spain

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GORBACHEV FOUNDATION HOSTS MEETING WITH LECH WALESA AND BUSINESS LEADERS

How have the Asian and Russian financial crises impacted the Eastern European economy? Labor leader and former president of the Polish Republic Lech Walesa will be available to talk to the media about this and other issues Monday December 7, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. at Northeastern University, Room 440, Egan Research Center, 120 Forsyth Street, Boston.

Walesa is in town with eleven Polish business leaders from the banking, oil, construction and tourism industries to meet with Boston entrepreneurs to discuss investment opportunities. Hosted by The Gorbachev Foundation of North America and Northeastern University's College of Business, the purpose of the meeting is to offer alternatives to businesses and work toward a global economy.

The Gorbachev Foundation of North America (GFNA) is a non-partisan international non-governmental think tank established in April 1997 and located at Northeastern University. The Foundation supports projects that address and propose concrete solutions to the consequences of increasing political, economic and social globalization.

Northeastern University's College of Business Administration, accredited through thee International Association for Management Education, offers four and five year Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in International Business programs.

While working as an electrician at the Gdansk shipyard, Lech Walesa led "Solidarity," the first free trade union in Eastern Europe and initiated a strike that brought about the collapse of the Communist system in Poland. He was elected president of the Polish Republic in the first free, democratic election in Poland and influenced fundamental democratic changes in Europe. One of Walesa's greatest successes as president was to force the withdrawal of Russian troops stationed in Poland since the end of the Second World War. He was later awarded a Nobel Peace Prize. Retired from politics, he now heads the Lech Walesa Institute whose aim is to advance the ideals of democracy and free market reform throughout Eastern Europe and the rest of the world.

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October 24, 1998

How can we avoid an international economic crash? Is the World Bank still operating under outmoded Cold War rules? Can the Russian and Japanese economies be saved?

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev will be available to talk to media representatives about these and other issues Sunday, October 25, from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. in the Weston Room at the Wesson Hotel, 70 Third Avenue, Waltham.

Gorbachev and The Gorbachev Foundation of North America have assembled 25 top economic experts from 12 countries for a three-day roundtable conference on the global economy at Northeastern University's Henderson House in Weston. The group has been meeting since Friday. The conference, The Global Economy: Prospects and Policies for the Next Century, was organized to identify threats to national and international stability and solutions to the Asian economic crisis and Russia's economic collapse.

Among the participants are Jagdish Bhagwati, Arthur Lehman Professor of Economics at Columbia University and one of the world's most foremost international trade theorists; Oleg Bogomolov, director of the Institute for International Economic and Political studies for the Russian Academy of sciences and advisor to Russian Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov; and David Ellerman, economic advisor to the Chief economist of the World Bank, Dr. Joseph Stiglitz.

The Gorbachev Foundation of North America (GFNA) is a non-partisan international, non-governmental think tank established in April1997 and located at Northeastern University. The Foundation supports projects that address and propose concrete solutions to the consequences of increasing political, economic and social globalization.

GORBACHEV FOUNDATION OF NORTH AMERICA HOSTS CONFERENCE ON TECHNOLOGY AND DEMOCRACY AT NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

When Mexican rebels, right-wing hate groups, and the President of the United States all turn to the Internet to disseminate their messages, it's apparent that technology is changing the way governments and their opposition work. The Gorbachev Foundation of North America will examine these changes and what society can expect in the years ahead at a Conference on Technology and Democracy at Northeastern University this Saturday and Sunday, March 6 and 7. The conference is sponsored in collaboration with The London School of Economics and Balliol College at Oxford University.

Conference participants include British Prime Minister Tony Blair's Whip Graham Allen, James McCaffrey of Turner Entertainment, Canada's Consul General and Former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, and Steven Clift of the Minnesota E-Democracy Project, who will discuss:

  • Wired communities like the Trimdon, England and Ontario Projects which are connecting homes to neighbors, government services, and the Internet; Technology's effect on the global media;
  • The Internet's influence on politics, democracy and freedom;
  • Grassroots movements based on new technologies.

    The conference is being held at Northeastern's Egan Engineering/Science Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday with a reception for participants at the Ritz-Carlton Saturday night. The Gorbachev Foundation of North America (GFNA) is a non-partisan, international, non-governmental think tank established in April 1997 and located at Northeastern University. The Foundation supports projects that address and propose concrete solutions to the consequences of increasing political, economic, and social globalization.

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    Please be advised that on April 6 and April 7 The Gorbachev Foundation of North America will be holding a Roundtable discussion on "The Future of US and Russian Relations".

    April 6:
    8:30am-4:30pm Roundtable Discussions
    April 7:
    8:30am-4:30pm ?Roundtable Discussions
    1:30pm-2:30pm ? Press availability
    7:00pm - The Bay Tower/Fundraising dinner


    Scheduled to participate:

    * President Mikhail Gorbachev will be participating on April 7 and will be available to the media at 1:30pm-2:30pm.

    We will have a limited amount of room for the media to observe the 2 day proceedings.

    Since the USSR came to an end in 1991, the newly independent Russia has been searching for a new role in the global community. Relations with the USA and Europe are an important part of this process, and the nature of these relations has serious implications for the world in general. Unfortunately, Russia's links with the West are not as stable or as cooperative as many observers would wish, and so The Gorbachev Foundation of North America is undertaking a program to evaluate the reasons for current difficulties, and to raise public awareness of the options open to us in this new century.

    The first activity of this program will be a Roundtable meeting in Boston on April 6th and 7th. The Roundtable will consider the factors that have lead to Russia's increasing isolation in the recent past, and will identify areas (such as science, business, trade, NGO's, and security organizations) in which Russia may be more closely integrated into global activities. The participants will also develop practical ideas for the pursuit of new opportunities for cooperation and integration.

    The Roundtable will bring together leading figures from Russia, Europe, Canada, and the U.S.A. from the worlds of politics, business, journalism, and research. (Approximately 20 individuals will be seated at the table) As in all of the activities of GFNA, we will provide an opportunity for discussion between people from these different spheres in order to link practical and theoretical approaches to addressing one of the most important issues of the day. The results of the Roundtable will be made available to interested parties and to the general public.

    THE GORBACHEV FOUNDATION'S CONFERENCE AT OXFORD UNIVERSITY

    Northeastern University's Gorbachev Foundation of North America held a conference on March 17-19, 2001 on "E-Government and Democratic Rights" at Balliol College, Oxford University, UK. The conference brought together 27 experts who are involved in making governments accessible to citizens on the Internet.

    The conference was co-chaired by Professor T. Anthony Jones, Ph.D., former chair of Northeastern University's Departments of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America and Master Andrew Graham, Ph.D. of Balliol College. In attendance was George J. Matthews, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Gorbachev Foundation of North America.

    In addition to scholars from Britain and the USA, the participants included representatives of the British Government, the Scottish Parliament, and organizations that are developing mechanisms to make electronic government a reality in the UK and North America. As one speaker noted “in satisfaction ratings, government generally comes next to last in public confidence, just in front of airlines”. One way to improve the situation, is to make government services (pensions, social security and welfare payments, legal services, health care, and information in general) easily and freely available to the population. As several speakers pointed out, giving citizens direct access to services could cut costs by reducing the number of officials on the public payroll, not to mention reducing levels of public frustration (imagine not having to go the Department of Motor Vehicle Registration and standing around for hours!). Other speakers were of the opinion that costs could even increase as more people become aware of the benefits to which they are entitled. Which ever way it turns out, there was general agreement that e-government was going to happen, and that we had better decide now what we want to achieve rather than wait for systems to be put in place that do not protect the rights of all citizens. There was less enthusiasm and less optimism among speakers when it came to participation in politics and government by moving to on-line elections, discussing government legislation and policies, and so on. In fact, some speakers saw this as a way to reduce democratic influence, since wealthy and /or highly organized special-interest groups can easily flood the system with their own views, while the opinions of those who are not organized are buried. In other words, the situation we have at present would become even more entrenched, at the expense of the interests of the general public.

    A highlight of the conference was the discussion of how Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) has used the internet to give people faster access to health care, and to enable people to educate themselves on medical matters by answering questions on health issues. Unlike Americans, Britons are not used to challenging the decisions of doctors or doing their own research on illnesses and treatments, but according to those who are in charge of the NHS internet program this passivity will change as people in Britain become more informed. As a result, the speakers noted, the balance of power between doctors and patients will shift dramatically.

    Northeastern University was mentioned numerous times during the conference, especially the work of Professor Elliott Krause of Northeastern's Sociology/Anthropology Department. His book “The Death of the Guilds” was cited by several people for its insights into the ways in which professions have been losing power over the last century, and on learning of Krause’s recent illness the participants decided to hold a special conference in his honor next year on how the internet is changing the relationship between clients and professionals. The Gorbachev Foundation hopes to host that meeting in Boston, and to make it available to the Northeastern community.

    The conference was arranged by Amy Miller, Assistant to the Director at The Gorbachev Foundation of North America.



    Club of Madrid brings together 26 former Heads of State and Government this weekend

    Political leaders will focus on the role of the International Monetary Fund and its contribution to democratic governance.

    Madrid, October 31, 2003 – The Club of Madrid celebrates its Second General Assembly this weekend with 26 of its members, all former heads of state and government, along with representatives of the Club’s constituent foundations and a small group of special guests. The work sessions will take place November 1st and 2nd, presided over by the former president of Brazil and current President of the Club of Madrid, Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

    The primary topic facing the 26 political leaders this weekend is the impact of International Monetary Fund (IMF) programs on democratic governance. Also participating in the Second General Assembly in Madrid will be political and economic experts, representatives from the IMF and other multilateral organizations.

    The discussion will begin with three workgroups that will analyze the cases of Brazil, Poland and South Korea, followed by a roundtable covering IMF relations with the G7 and other developed countries. Participants will evaluate the influence of these developed nations in the formation of IMF programs and policies. The discussions will close with a plenary session on conclusions and proposals to improve the impact of IMF programs on democratic governance.

    The Second General Assembly of the Club of Madrid will also include other distinguished participants, including the general secretariat of the Arab League, Amre Moussa, the director of the Department of External Relations of the IMF, Thomas Dawson, the director of the Office of Independent Evaluation of the IMF, Montek S. Ahluwalia, and John Williamson, senior fellow of the Institute for International Economics (USA) and creator of the expression, “Washington consensus.”



    Club of Madrid urges the IMF to show greater democratic sensitivity and calls for greater international cooperation to help democracies

    • The members of the Club of Madrid urged the IMF to strengthen democratic governance in those countries where it intervenes, and to be more democratic in its own procedures and decision making.
    • The Club of Madrid, chaired by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, stressed that "the prospects for democratic survival and success require more effective international cooperation, in order to assist democratic governments in times of financial crisis, and to prevent crises from recurring".


    Madrid, November 4th, 2003. The General Assembly of the Club of Madrid, chaired by former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, released a final declaration on the impact of International Monetary Fund (IMF) programs on the democratic governance of the countries where it intervenes.

    After analyzing the relation between the IMF and several countries currently in the process of democratic transition and consolidation and which have experienced financial crises over the last twelve years, the 26 members present at the general assembly called on "all democratic governments to pursue sound economic policies within the framework of a market economy and their own democratic procedures." "We urge them, " the final declaration adds, "…to focus on effective strategies to foster and enhance sustainable development in the long-term."

    The former heads of state and government, the representatives of the constituent foundations of the Club (FRIDE – Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior– of Spain, and the Gorbachev Foundation of North America) and a select group of experts from around the world analyzed the cases of Brazil, Korea and Poland.

    These experiences led the members of the Club of Madrid to stress that "democracy has proven to be not only a great value in itself, but also a system capable of designing and applying effective and sustainable market economy policies."

    The new role of the IMF

    Although the IMF is primarily a financial institution with a fundamentally economic focus, the members of the Club of Madrid urged the Fund to recognize the link between democracy and economic policies. The former heads of state and government pointed out that "democracies are much stronger with good economic policies" and stressed that the IMF should be sensitive to the impact of its policies on the democratic governance of the countries in which it chooses to act.

    The members of the Club of Madrid urged "the IMF to be more transparent in the formulation, communication and explanation of the requisites and conditions of the economic policy requirements that it expects from governments that seek its assistance". They added: "Policies must be technically correct but citizens must also perceive them to be politically and socially fair". The members of the Club also urged the Fund "to become more democratic in its own modus operandi".

    "The Club of Madrid," the declaration concluded, "…also calls attention to the fact that the economy has become global, but politics has not; it is therefore urgent that the international community work towards a new model of global governance, that responds to the crucial needs of citizens, to sustainable development and social justice."

    The Club of Madrid has decided to further elaborate its recommendations in a report on the IMF and its relationship with democratic governance in the countries where it intervenes. That report will be published in 2004.

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    More than 200 experts on Terrorism from around the world will participate in the international summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security

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    Exactly one year after the March 11th terrorist bombings of commuter trains in Madrid, the Club of Madrid is convening the International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security to be held on March 8-10, 2005 in Madrid.

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