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Destabilizing factors and trans-national threats - DRAFT AGENDA


Destabilizing factors and trans-national threats - DRAFT AGENDA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Rome, Italy 23-24 April 2009

23 April

16.30  Transfer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

17.00   Registration and welcome coffee (Sala Mosaici)

17.30-19.15  Introduction by Sandro De Bernardin, Deputy Secretary General and Political Director, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Opening remarks: Hon. Roberto Maroni, Minister for Internal Affairs

First panel

Destabilizing implications of trans-national organized crime and of other activities of illegal non state actors

The panel will focus in particular on all those illegal activities (drugs, arms and human trafficking; smuggling; piracy; etc.) that can both contribute to or be fed by the phenomenon of fragilization of institutions. It will aim at envisaging new dynamics for cooperation between domestic and international policies in sectors that traditionally belong to the sphere of national sovereignty, including the rule of law (the use of a “responsible sovereignty” is required to this end), focusing on the role regional organizations can play as bridges between the domestic and the international level of security (“inter-domestic dimension” of security).

Chair:  Antonio Costa, Director UNODC

Keynote speakers: 

  • Terry Davis, Secretary General CoE;  
  • Piero Grasso, National Anti-Mafia Public Prosecutor
  • Alejandro Poirè, Coordinator, Ministry of Interior of Mexico


  • Ministers or their representatives;
  • Brian Jenkins, Senior Advisor to the President, RAND Corporation
  • Eric Rosand, Senior Fellow and Co-Director Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation;  
  • Mike Smith, Executive Director CTED
  •  Paul Vlaanderen, Vice-President FATF

19.30   Transfer to Villa Madama (Via di Villa Madama)

20.00  Working buffet-dinner at Villa Madama - Presentation by Antonio Costa on the subject “the strategic threats posed by organized crime and the urgency to react”


24 April

9.00  Transfer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

9.30 -11.00  Second panel (Sala delle Conferenze Internazionali)

Social, economic and ideological factors contributing to destabilization

The panel will specifically focus on the fragilization of economic systems as a consequence of the financial crisis, of economic marginalization and unemployment and of development gaps. Mass migrations and social tensions arising from phenomena connected to risks of pandemics, ethnic and religious discrimination, spread of xenophobia and extremism will also be given specific consideration. Attention will furthermore be devoted to the implications of climate change – in particular, desertification and scarcity of water and natural resources - for global security. The panel will aim at devising what international strategy is needed in order to cope with those situations.

Chair:  William Lacy Swing, Director General OIM

Keynote speakers: 

  • Sandro Calvani, Director UNICRI
  • Richard Farmer, WB Special Representative to the UN and WTO


  • Ministers or their representatives;
  • Jean de Dieu Somda, Vice President Ecowas Commission;
  • Loretta Napoleoni
  • Karim Sadjadpour, Associate Carnegie Endowment for International Peace;

11.00-11.30  Coffee break (Sala Mosaici)

11.30-13.00 Third panel (Sala delle Conferenze Internazionali)

Political and strategic factors that increase the potential of destabilizing threats

The panel will focus on proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction and possible links, in this field, between failed institutions and terrorist groups; it will also address the need for additional capabilities for conflict management, peace-keeping, institution building, governance and democracy assistance.

Chair:  Lord George Robertson, Member of the House of the Lords;

Keynote speakers: 

  • Benita Ferrero-Waldner, Commissioner UE;
  • Amr Moussa, Secretary General Arab League


  • Ministers or their representatives, 
  • Mamoun Fandy, Senior Fellow for Gulf Security IISS;
  • Peter Gastrow, Senior Fellow International Peace Institute;
  • Khammar Mrabit, IAEA Department of Nuclear Safety and Security;
  • Stephen Sloan, Distinguished Professor of Terrorism Studies University of Central Florida


Final remarks:  Hon. Franco Frattini, Minister for Foreign Affairs

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