Saturday, June 14, 2014

Citizenship in a Global Era Conference, September 23, 2014 -- Rome, Italy

Here are details.

September 22, 2014

Optional Dinner at Ristorante Galeassi, Trastevere $75 per person

September 23, 2014

The Ukraine: Annexation or Self-Determination?

This panel will consider the implications on citizenship in the Ukraine after the hurried vote in Crimea to join Russia. It will review the latest developments both from the perspective of the Ukraine as well as the international community.

Secession Movements in Europe: Scotland, Catalonia and Padania

Both Catalonia and Scotland have votes scheduled in 2014 on whether to become independent nations. Italy has a similar movement in northern Italy. This panel will present the circumstances of these secession movements and the implications to national and EU citizenship.

Bartering for Citizenship: Malta and MAVNI

The panel will discuss the Pros and Cons of selling citizenship in the small country of Malta, 50 miles south of Sicily, which it hopes will raise about two billion for development. The program, begun in February, 2014, has already attracted interest from hundreds of applicants. And, in a return to an ancient Roman practice, the US military has embraced the concept of granting citizenship in exchange for military service under the MAVNI (Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest) program, and gain citizenship immediately upon enlistment.

Citizenship as a Civil or Human Right

“Cosmopolitan citizenship” has created new forms of inequality. There are now super-citizens, marginal citizens, quasi-citizens, sub-citizens and un-citizens. This panel will look at the particular situation in Italy as an arrival country for people fleeing political strife and poverty, and the implications in Italy and the EU. It will also address the immigration debate in the U.S. with over 11 million people seeking legal status.

Multinational, Transnational and Supra-national Citizen

This panel will explorethe emergence of an elite “supra-citizen” in the high tech, international business and economic communities who have moved away from national identity. They will be discussing global trends relating to this, including, perhaps, the implications of Bitcoin —a nongovernmental, bank-free currency.

Evening Reception at the Hotel Ponte Sisto Garden 6:30 pm Guests are $25

The Citizenship in a Global Era conference sponsors will be presenting our first Global Citizenship Award to the Honorable Cécile Kyenge, recently elected to the European Parliament and formerly Italy’s Minister of Integration. The Award will be presented to Ms. Kyenge at the reception.

Ms. Kyenge was born in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1964 and immigrated to Italy in 1983. In 2002 she founded the Association for Intercultural DAWA (“dawa” is a Kiswahili word meaning “medicine”), to promote mutual understanding of different cultures and develop processes of integration and cooperation between Italy and Africa. She became Italy’s first black cabinet minister when she was appointed Minister of Integration and supports the introduction of a Jus soli law to grant citizenship to children of immigrants born on Italian soil. She has a degree in medicine and surgery from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Rome. She lives in Castelfranco Emilia.


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