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The Club of Madrid is an independent organization created for the purpose of promoting democracy and change in the global community. Its exclusive members are of exceptional merit, usually former heads of state and government who have the ability to work as catalysts for change. The Club of Madrid works with various governments and other organizations in search of effective methods to provide technical advice and recommendations to transitional nations taking steps closer to a democratic way of life. The Club consists of full members, who are preceding government officials who have full voting rights: including such distinguished members as former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former President of the United States Bill Clinton, former President of Ireland Mary Robinson, and forty-four other former heads of government and state. Institutional members, who are members from various private and public organizations who share similar democratic objectives: such supporters include the Fundación para las Relaciones Internacionales y el Diálogo Exterior (FRIDE), founded by Diego Hidalgo Schnur and the Gorbachev Foundation of North America (GFNA), the original sponsors of the founding conference. Honorary members, who are notable members for their efforts and work with the Club; and fellows, who are experts in the area of democratic changeover.

The Club is based in Madrid, although meetings are held worldwide. Currently Ricardo Lagos, the former President of Chile, is the organization's president having assumed the presidency of the Club of Madrid during the 12th meeting of the Executive Committee, which took place in Stockholm on March 27. The previous president was Cardoso who had held the position as of 2004.

The Club was created when an unprecedented event took place in October 2001 in Madrid; a four day Conference on Transition and Consolidation (CDTC). This event brought together 35 world leaders, over 100 esteemed academics and policy specialists from Europe, The Americas, Asia, and Africa to discuss ideas and means of implementation from both objective and subjective perspectives. The conference discussed eight main topics:

  • legislature and its dealings with the executive,
  • the judiciary and its interaction with the executive,
  • anti-corruption procedures, the function and responsibility of armed forces and security forces,
  • reform of the state bureaucracy,
  • strengthening of political and social pluralism and of political parties,
  • economic and social conditions.

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