Mari Fitzduff Attends Club of Madrid Conference

December 6, 2007

Mari Fitzduff joins Sergei Zelenev. UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Social Integration Branch (left), and Clem McCartney, consultant to the Club of Madrid, at the Club of Madrid conference.

Professor Mari Fitzduff, director of the Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict, last month attended the sixth annual conference of the Club of Madrid, whose members include 70 democratic former heads of state and government. Held at the Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, the conference, titled "Democratizing Energy: Geopolitics and Power," addressed the geopolitical dimensions of current energy concerns. Topics included how energy concerns shape foreign policy and international relations, and promoting access to energy for poverty reduction.

"It was inspiring to be among the world's greatest leaders focusing on a topic of crucial important to achieving peace and coexistence in the world," Fitzduff said.

Launched in 2001, the Club of Madrid provides peer-to-peer counsel, strategic support, and technical advice to leaders and institutions working towards democratic transition and consolidation.