Conference Program

The Conference Program is under development. Please check back regularly for updated information on speakers. Please note that not all invited speakers listed here have been confirmed yet.

Conference Program and Schedule

PEO Gardens View Conference Hall, Larnaca, Cyprus
March 28-29, 2020

Friday, March 27

10:00 AM – 5:00 PM — Registration and Check-in

6:00 – 7:00 PM — Rally at the U.S. Embassy in Nicosia

8:30 – 9:30 PM — Welcoming Remarks

— Thanasis Pafilis, General Secretary, World Peace Council; MP (Greece) — Confirmed

9:30 – 10:30 PM — Welcoming Reception and Dinner

Saturday, March 28

8:00 – 9:00 AM — Registration and Check-in

9:00 – 9:45 AM — Opening Session

Chair: Dr. Stelios Socofli, Chair, Cyprus Peace Council (Cyprus) — Confirmed

Keynote Speaker:

— Socorro Gomes, President, World Peace Council (Brazil) — Confirmed

10:00 – 11:15 AM — Plenary 1:
Imperialism of the 21st Century: The Old and the New

Chair: Bahman Azad, Coordinator, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases; Executive Secretary, U.S. Peace Council — Confirmed

Speakers:

Thanasis Pafilis, General Secretary, World Peace Council; MP (Greece) — Confirmed
Vijay Prashad, Executive Director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research (India) — Confirmed
TBD

Q & A / Discussion

11:30 AM – 12:45 PM — Plenary 2:
NATO, Military Bases, and Violation of National Sovereignty

Chair: Kevin Zeese, Popular Resistance; Venezuela Embassy Protection Collective (US) — Confirmed

Speakers:

Miguel Figueroa,  President, Canadian Peace Congress (Canada) — Confirmed
Liz Payne, Chair, British Peace Assembly (UK) — Confirmed
— Yul Jabour, Member of the Political Bureau of CC of the CPV, Member of National Assembly (Venezuela)

Q & A / Discussion

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12:45 – 1:45 PM — Lunch
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1:45 – 3:00 PM — Plenary 3:
Unilateral Economic Sanctions: The New Weapon of Mass Destruction

Chair: Margaret Flowers, Co-Director, Popular Resistance; Venezuela Embassy Protectors Collective — Confirmed

Speakers:

Carolus Wimmer, President, COSI; Member of Latin American Parliament (Venezuela) — Confirmed
Sara Flounders, International Action Center; Co-Chair, Sanctions Kill (US) — Confirmed
— Jamshid Ahmadi, Coordinator, ADPSD Iran (UK) — Confirmed

Q & A / Discussion

3:15 – 4:30 PM — Plenary 4: Imperialism and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Chair: TBD

Speakers:

Tadaaki Kawata, Board Member, Japan Peace Committee (Japan)
Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer, Black Alliance for Peace (US) — Confirmed
TBD

Q & A / Discussion

4:45 – 6:00 PM — Plenary 5: Imperialism, the Environment, and Climate Change

Chair: Dr. Zuhal Okuyan, Chair, Peace Committee of Turkey (Turkey) — Confirmed

Speakers:

João Pedro Stédile, Landless Workers’ Movement (MST), (Brazil)
Clemente Bautista, Kalikasan Philippines Environmental Network (Philippines)
Milan Krajca, Coordinator, Czech Movement for Peace (Czech Republic) — Confirmed

Q & A / Discussion

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6:00 – 7:30 PM — Dinner
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7:30 – 9:00 PM — Cultural Event

 

Sunday, March 29

9:00 – 10:15 AM — Plenary 6: Imperialism and Regime Change Latin America

Chair: Moara Crivelente, CEBRAPAZ (Brazil) — Confirmed

Speakers:

Silvio Platero, President, MOVPAZ (Cuba) — Confirmed
Chucho Garcia, Founder, AfroVenezuelan Network; former Ven. Amb. to Angola (Venezuela) — Confirmed
TBD

Q & A / Discussion

10:30 – 11:45 AM — Plenary 7: Imperialism and the European Union

Chair: Ilda Figuereido, Chair, Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation; former MP (Portugal) — Confirmed

Speakers:

Stavros Tassos, Chair, EEDYE (Greece) — Confirmed
— Ambassador Rade Drobac, Vice Prsident, Belgrade Forum; Former Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia in  Hungary (Serbia) — Confirmed
TBD

Q & A / Discussion

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11:45 – 12:45 PM — Lunch
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12:45 – 2:00 PM — Plenary 8: Imperialism, AFRICOM, and the African Continent

Chair: YahNe Ndgo, Member of Coordinating Committee, Black Alliance for Peace — Confirmed

Speakers:

Chris Matlhaco Coordinator, South African Peace Initiative (South Africa)
Mohamed Beissat, Polisario Front (Western Sahara)
— Netfa Freeman, Pan Africa Community Action (US) — Confirmed

Q & A / Discussion

2:15 – 3:30 PM — Plenary 9: Imperialism, Oil, and Regime Change in the Middle East

Chair: Joe Lombardo, Co-Coordinator, United National Antiwar Coalition (US) — Confirmed

Speakers:

— Arsheed Sayasneh, Syrian National Peace Council (Syria)
— Dr. Akel Taqaz, Coordinator, Palestinian Committee for Peace & Solidarity (Palestine) — Confirmed
— MK Aida Touma-Sliman, President, Peace and Solidarity Committee (Israel) — Confirmed

Q & A / Discussion

3:45 – 5:00 PM —  Plenary 10: Imperialism and the Asia/Pacific Region

Chair: Rabindra Adhikari, Asia/Pacific Regional Coordinator, WPC; Nepal Peace and Solidarity Council (Nepal) — Confirmed

Speakers:

Pallab Sengupta, General Secretary, All India Peace and Solidarity Organization (India) — Confirmed
Henry Lowendorf, Member of Secretariat, U.S. Peace Council (US) — Confirmed
TBD

Q & A / Discussion

5:15 – 6:30 PM — Concluding Remarks and Adoption of the Conference Communiqué

Chairs:

— Bahman Azad, Coordinator, Coalition Against U.S. Foreign Military Bases (US) — Confirmed
— Ajamu Baraka, National Organizer, Black Alliance for Peace (US) — Confirmed

Speaker:

— Iraklis Tsavdaridis, Executive Secretary, World Peace Council (Greece) — Confirmed

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7:00 – 9:00 PM — Dinner and
Cultural Event
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