Club de Madrid and ICSR convene 40 former presidents and 200 experts to build a global consensus on radicalization and violent extremism





  • 250 high level experts and policy makers, including 40 Club de Madrid Members, all of them democratically elected former Prime Ministers and Presidents, will convene during the Madrid+10 Policy Dialogue (27-28 October) to endorse an authoritative policy recommendation, the “Global Consensus” on confronting and preventing radicalization and violent extremism wherever it happens.
  • An online platform will be developed to facilitate the exchanges, knowledge sharing and collect new ideas and gather support for the declaration for at least 12 months following the summit.
  • The starting point for the policy dialogue will be the Madrid Agenda, the main outcome of the Club de Madrid 2005 ‘International Summit on Democracy, Terrorism and Security’ that noted that military means alone cannot tackle contemporary terrorism and violent extremism.
  • Click here to see a preliminary list of participants and the tentative program.

Madrid/London 1st of October Radicalization and violent extremism are one of the greatest threats currently undermining human rights and democratic values. Although the menace posed by groups like Daesh continue to create headlines, violent extremism is not limited to a specific region or religion. The cycle of violence triggered by extremism could be more damaging and destabilizing to global peace than any conflict since the end of the Cold War and is fuelling crises such as the massive internal displacement, and refugee exodus from the Middle East to the European countries.

In this context, with the support of the European Commission, the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID), the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United States Department of State among other partners, the Club de Madrid and the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR) are launching a global dialogue to mobilize policy makers, opinion leaders, civil society and grassroots organizations to prevent and counter radicalization and violent extremism, increase public engagement and promote grassroots initiatives with long term policy solutions based on respect for democracy and human rights.

The first step of this initiative will be the two-day Policy Dialogue “Madrid+10: Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” that will bring together 250 high level participants, including 40 Club de Madrid Members, all of them democratically elected former Prime Ministers and Presidents from every continent. This gathering aims at producing a “Global Consensus”, a document on how to confront and prevent radicalization and violent extremism. This Global Consensus, a set of principles and values, is to serve as a benchmark, resource and source of inspiration to political leaders on how to respond to the daunting challenge of radicalization and violent extremism. It will utilize the Club de Madrid members’ extensive, high level experience in political decision making dealing with similar challenges during their time in office. It will also provide a political dimension to the experts’ and practitioners’ proposals.

The confirmed participants will include, among many others, leaders such as the president of the Club de Madrid, Vaira Vike-Freiberga (Latvia); Kjell Magne Bondevik (Norway); John Bruton (Ireland); Wim Kok (The Netherlands); Yves Letterme (Belgium); Danilo Turk (Slovenia); Fuad Siniora(Lebanon); Sadiq Al Mahdi (Sudan); Mahdi Jomaa (Tunisia); Olusegun Obasanjo (Nigeria); Cassam Uteem (Mauritius); Felipe Calderón (México); Laura Chinchilla (Costa Rica); Ricardo Lagos y Sebastián Piñera (Chile); Jorge Tuto Quiroga (Bolivia); Andrés Pastrana (Colombia); RozaOtunbayeva (Kyrgyzstan); José Manuel Ramos-Horta (East Timor) and Jennifer Mary Shipley (New Zealand).

The policy dialogue will be organized by four thematic workshops all of them focused on countering radicalization and violent extremism:






Key to the project’s success will be the implementation of an online platform where different interlocutors and partners can read and sign on to the Global Consensus, sustaining the commitment and engaging in a debate on how its principles can be translated into policies and measures. The platform will highlight good practices, trends and challenges, initiatives, policies and raise awareness of the work done by key experts and interlocutors, realizing the Global Consensus ideas in their own community, society or country.


Club de Madrid, Media Contacts:

Luis Pérez: +34 607 694 354 // + 34 91 154 82 38 Press Officer

Susana Mañueco: + 34 626 20 93 30 // + 34 154 82 36 Press Coordinator


The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization composed of more than 100 former presidents and prime ministers from 70 democratic countries. The Club de Madrid responds to a growing demand for support to address a number of challenges in democratic governance by providing the experience and valuable leadership of its members.

ICSR’s mission is to bring together knowledge and leadership. Producing first class, rigorous research, our aim is to educate the public and help policymakers and practitioners find more intelligent solutions in dealing with radicalization and political violence.