“I would like to thank President Havel and the Czech Republic for inviting me and for giving us in Zimbabwe and other countries, the courage to keep going.”
Trudy Stevenson, Opposition Leader, Zimbabwe, 2007
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Democracy and Its Discontents
A Quarter-Century After the Iron Curtain and Tiananmen

18th Forum 2000 Conference
October 12–15, 2014, Prague and other Central European cities
The 18th annual Forum 2000 Conference offered a critical reflection on the last 20–30 years of democratic transitions, assessed the current state of democracy, and explored aspirations for the future of democracy across regions, topics and generations. The participants included more than 200 global leaders from the areas of politics, academia, civil society, media, business and religion.
The conference was held October 12–15, 2014 in PragueBrnoČeské Budějovice, Kutná Hora, Liberec, Litomyšl, Opava, Ostrava, Pilsen, Bratislava, Banská BystricaBudapest, and also in Krakow.



Conference Outputs



What kind of democracy did we expect, when the Iron Curtain crumbled? When demonstrations at the Tiananmen Square in China were forcefully suppressed? When the Chileans voted in their 1988 referendum? What type of democracy do we have today? And perhaps most importantly, what do we aspire to? These were the central questions of this year’s conference. These questions were directly connected to the worries of Václav Havel, who grew increasingly concerned about the quality of democracy evolving in our societies.
Discussions compared the developments in different parts of the world, from Central and Eastern Europe and traditional Western democracies to Latin America, Africa and East Asia. Other issues, including the role of religion, the growth in extremism and fundamentalism, declining trust in democratic processes, as well as the varying views on such issues among different generations were also part of the program.


Former Prime Minister
Minister, Head of Department of Foreign Relations, Kurdistan Regional Government, Iraq
President, Viasna Human Rights Centre
Economist, Former Prime Minister
Czech Republic
Political Scientist,
Sciences Po
Mikhail Khodorkovsky Businessman, Former Prisoner of Conscience
Sociologist, Former Prime Minister
Political and Cultural Analyst
Blogger, Activist
Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration
Dissident, President,
Initiatives for China


As is tradition, the conference was open to the public free of charge and a part of the program was broadcast live on our website.
Registration was required to participate at the discussions held at Žofín Palace in Prague. Discussions and other events held at different venues in Prague and other cities were open to the public without pre-registration.

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Media Partners



Vodafone Czech Republic Foundation Zaostřeno o.p.s.  |  ČSOB  |  U.S. Embassy in Prague  |  Hotel InterContinental Prague  |  British Embassy Prague  |  Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague  |  Embassy of France in Prague  |  Austrian Embassy in Prague  |  OP Tiger  |  Plavec & Partners, Law Office  |  Era World  |  People in Need  |  Goethe-Institut Prague  |  Václav Havel Library  |  Vamed Health Projects  |  Karel Schwarzenberg  |  Jan Žůrek  |  Heinrich Böll Foundation  |  University of New York in Prague  |  papelote  |  Scenografie  |  Strings of Autumn  |  United Nations for a Free Tibet  |  Goose on a String Theatre  |  Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague  |  Czech Centre BudapestVilla Decius Association  |  GASK Kutná Hora  |  University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice | Antiquarian Bookshop Fiducia  |  Café NONA  |  CEVRO Institut College  |  DOX Centre for Contemporary Art  |  Institute of International Relations  |  Jazz Dock  |  NYU Prague  |  Confi

Significant Donors

Jürgen and Helena Hoffmeister
Marek Lehečka
We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to the many people
who so generously donated to the cause.
The conference was held under the auspices of Tomáš Hudeček, Mayor of Prague.



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