Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Solana now also Aspen president

Born in Madrid: the Aspen Institute

"Madrid - In order to strengthen civil society and structure of public debate in Spain has just been inaugurated the Aspen Institute, an independent, nonpartisan foundation that is modeled on the prestigious U.S. Aspen Institute...

(After the US), the Aspen model has been implemented in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, India and Romania. Now it's Spain's turn. Created as a foundation, the Spanish chapter has the former head of European diplomacy, Javier Solana, as president and diplomat Pablo García-Berdoy as secretary general. Its headquarters is located in the Telefónica building in Gran Via 28, Madrid. In a first phase, Aspen Spain will organize seminars and conferences with experts.
It's presentation a few weeks ago in Madrid was attended by former U.S. Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, the special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan of President Obama, Richard Holbrooke, former Israeli foreign minister, Shlomo Ben Ami, the Spanish Ana Palacio and Javier Solana, among others.The former EU High Representative in her speech defended the idea of pragmatic optimism "as the spirit of dialogue model that represents Aspen Institute, an idea that seems quite necessary to the national confusion and alarmism". LINK

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