The meeting was called upon by Imam Alsadig Almahdi inorder to address the issues of countering violent extremism and radicalization from different angles, inorder to find ways and means for solutions in preventing and resolving this issue which is on the rise and has become a global problem, therefore the “MADRID +10: The Policy Dialogue on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” was held. It was a two-day conference mobilizing policy makers, opinion formers, civil society and grassroots organizations around the concept of preventing and countering radicalization and violent extremism, increasing public engagement and promoting grassroots initiatives.
Held in Madrid from October 27-28, the Club de Madrid Policy Dialogue on Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism had brought together a group of influential political leaders, policy makers, and opinion formers to draw attention to the issue, having shared their expertise and lent their credibility and political weight to the Global Consensus on how to confront and prevent radicalization and violent extremism, wherever it happens.
Military means alone, without adequate long-term multi-approach strategies and foreign policy, will not be sufficient in dealing with the multiple conflicts, causes and extremist ideologies that have produced the current situation. Thus, it is time for world leaders, opinion formers and experts from different backgrounds and parts of the world to come together to analyze the drivers of conflict, change the debate, agree on what needs to be done, and commit to a plan of action.
The aim of the Policy Dialogue is to create an interactive international platform at which the Global Consensus will be finalized and presented.
The Policy Dialogue had addressed the issues of countering violent extremism and radicalization from different angles, with the aim to identifying good practices, policies, tools and mechanisms with global and local relevance. It was an opportunity to share national strategies as well as grassroots initiatives that focused at developing credible counter-narratives generated at the local and community level.
The event included parallel thematic workshops which brought together representatives from civil society and NGOs working to combat various forms of radicalization and extremism, as well as presenting grassroots initiatives. In addition, key global stakeholders and current political leaders had brought their expertise to the debates on these thematic areas.
The conference participants included Club de Madrid Members, current political leaders and heads of state, international experts, government representatives, policy makers, international organizations, religious leaders, private sector, academia, think tanks and civil society organizations.