„… people, that meet under the umbrella of the Forum 2000 attempt to cross boundaries of profession, geographic location and religion. “
Václav Havel, Former President of the Czech Republic, 2003

Regional Reports, Panel Summaries and Transcripts

Regional Reports


Central Europe: The State of Democracy and the Engagement of the Region With the Outside World

Summary of debates and issues relating to Central Europe during the 18th annual Forum 2000 Conference
Jiří Čistecký, Former Head of the Central Europe Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic 

 

Middle East 3 Years After the Arab Spring

Summary of debates and issues relating to the Middle East during the 18th annual Forum 2000 Conference
Irena Kalhousová, Chief Analyst, Forum 2000 Foundation, Czech Republic 

Democracy in the People's Republic of China

Summary of debates and issues relating to China during the 18th annual Forum 2000 Conference
Ondřej Klimeš, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic

Latin America: Old Problems and New Threats

Summary of debates and issues relating to Latin America during the 18th annual Forum 2000 Conference
Enrique ter Horst, Diplomat, Former UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Venezuela

 

The Challenges of Democracy in Asia

Summary of debates and issues relating to Asia during the 18th annual Forum 2000 Conference

 


Panel Summaries

 

  • Democracy and Its Discontents
  • What Next for Democracy
  • Changing International Environment
  • Transferability of Democracy?
  • Religion and Democracy
  • Art, Society, Nature and Politics

 

  • Events Outside Prague
  • Accompanying Events
 

Democracy and Its Discontents

 

All the Colors of Civil Society in Eastern Europe

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Goethe-Institut
Pavel Fischer, Oleksandra Dvoretskaya, Artem Loskutov, Bakhtiyar Hajiyev, Igor Kochetkov
 

Before the Law: Imagination, History, and Reason in Democracy’s Legal Culture

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Era World
Paul Linden-Retek, Ramin Jahanbegloo, Michal Hvorecký, Leonidas Donskis
 

Can a Change in Electoral System Offer a Cure for an Ailing Democracy?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Jacques Rupnik, Karel Janeček, Marc Plattner
  

Challenges for Democracy in Latin America

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Enrique ter Horst, Carl Gershman, Marcel Granier, Antonio Rodiles, Juan Requesens
 

The Decline of Media Freedom in the Era of Social Networks?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Knights’ Hall
Jeremy Druker, Marcel Granier, Dmitry Muratov, Michael Anti, Nay Phone Latt
  

Democracy and Economic Inequality: A Ticking Time-Bomb?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Goethe-Institut
Hana Lešenarová, Grigory Yavlinsky, Mauricio Pozo, Viphandh Roengpithya, Tomáš Sedláček, Jacques Régniez
 

Democracy and Its Discontents

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Forum Hall
Jacques Rupnik, Zhang Qianfan, Iveta Radičová, Karel Schwarzenberg, Michael Novak, Ramin Jahanbegloo
 

Democracy in Russia Today

Monday, October 13, 2014, Václav Havel Library
Jan Macháček, Mikhail Khodorkovsky
 

The Deteriorating Human Rights Situation in Latin America

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, European House
Milos Alcalay, Tamara Sujú, Dagoberto Valdés Hernández, René de Jesús Gómez Manzano, Denis de Jesús Darce Solís
   

Extremism and Populism: A Challenge to Democracy

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Knights’ Hall
Ellen Hume, Iveta Radičová,Péter Krekó, Brian Siegal, Robert Hårdh
 

The Future of Kurdistan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, CEVRO Institute
Alexandr Vondra, Tomáš Pojar, Falah Mustafa Bakir, Sergey Danilochkin
 

Hong Kong: The State of Play

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Café NONA
Shlomo Avineri, Zhang Qianfan, Yang Jianli
 

Imperfect Democracy: Václav Havel’s Concerns About the Development of Democracy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Václav Havel Library
Marta Smolíková, Tomáš Vrba, John Shattuck, Michael Žantovský, Jan Macháček
 

The Internal Balance of Power in Current Russia and the Opposition’s Chances to Reach Out to the Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Institute of International Relations
Petr Kratochvíl, Vladimír Handl, Andrey Zubov
 

Latin America: Opposition Work in an Increasingly Authoritarian Environment

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Hotel InterContinental, Klementinum
Gabriel Salvia, Lilian Tintori, Denis de Jesús Darce Solís
 

Masaryk’s Debates

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
Paul Linden-Retek, Nedim Dervišbegović, Natalia Churikova, Yang Jianli
    

National Identity in Election Campaigns

Monday, October 13, 2014, Langhans, People in Need Center
Michal Vít, Mátyás Eörsi, Magdalena M. Baran, Iveta Radičová, Pavel Svoboda
 

Populism in Latin America

Monday, October 13, 2014, Goethe-Institut
Ramiro Cibrián, Freddy Guevara, Gabriel Salvia, Fredo Arias-King
   

Security and Democracy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Knights’ Hall
Tomáš Pojar, Wei-jen Hu, Vytautas Landsbergis, Enrique ter Horst, Andrey Soldatov
   

The State of Democracy in Central Europe

Monday, October 13, 2014, Goethe-Institut
Shlomo Avineri, Danilo Türk, Dominik Duka, Milan Kňažko, Markus Meckel, Mátyás Eörsi
 

Under (Press)ure

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Langhans, People in Need Center
Daniela Retková, Nedim Dervišbergović, Steven Gan, Natalia Churikova, Khadija Ismayilova
  

The 2014 Venezuelan Protests

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Faculty of Arts of the Charles University
Lilian Tintori, Juan Requesens
 
 

What Next for Democracy

 

Democratic Solidarity: What Next?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, NYU Prague
Tamara Sujú
  

New Narrative for Europe

Monday, October 13, 2014, Goethe-Institut
Jan Michal, Tomáš Sedláček, Ramiro Cibrián, Oleksandra Dvoretskaya, Michal Hvorecký, Viktors Makarovs
  

Priorities and Aspirations for Democracy in the 21st Century

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Forum Hall
Jiří Schneider, José María Aznar, Yogendra Yadav, Šimon Pánek, Murong Xuecun, Juan Requesens
 

Technology and Democracy: Are Horizontal Networks Fostering or Undermining Democratic Governance?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Era World
Leonidas Donskis, Nay Phone Latt, Michael Anti, Emin Milli, Vitaly Yaroshevsky, Yoani Sánchez
 

Young People in Politics: The Promise and the Reality

Monday, October 13, 2014, European House
Lukáš Sedláček, Naing Ngan Lin, Ondřej Liška, Marian Jurečka, Freddy Guevara
 
 

Changing International Environment

 

Democracy in Asia: India and Its Neighbors

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Restaurant
Hynek Kmoníček, Yogendra Yadav, Steven Gan, Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint
 

Europe and the Democratization of Its Neighborhoods

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Jacques Rupnik, Gilles Kepel, Alexandr Vondra, Jerzy Pomianowski, Youssef Amrani, Thomas O. Melia, Mykola Riabchuk
  

The Global Role of Europe

Monday, October 13, 2014, Hotel InterContinental, Klementinum
Alexandr Vondra, Jan Michal, Daniel Baer, Viktors Makarovs
  

Is Democracy in Decline? Reflections from the Fall of the Berlin Wall to the Euromaidan

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Forum Hall
Christopher Walker, Marc Plattner, Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, Tarek Osman, Yoani Sánchez, Yevhen Hlibovytsky
 

A New Middle East? ISIS and Other Threats

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Knights’ Hall
Miroslav Dušek,Gilles Kepel, Falah Mustafa Bakir, Hussein Shobokshi,Salam Fayyad, Amre Moussa
  

Power of the Powerful: Propaganda

Monday, October 13, 2014, Era World
Jan Richter, Kenan Aliyev, Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Andrey Soldatov, Christopher Walker
  

Putin’s Trojan Horses? Russian Influence on the European Radical Right and Radical Left

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Knights’ Hall
Rostislav Valvoda, Péter Krekó, Andrey Zubov, Andrey Soldatov
 

Resurgent Authoritarians: The World Movement Against Democracy

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Marc Plattner, Christopher Walker, Yang Jianli, Dmitry Muratov, Kenan Aliyev
  

Russia: A Non-Democratic Power on the World Stage?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Forum Hall
Petr Kolář, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Vytautas Landsbergis, Andrey Zubov, Daniel Baer
   

The Russian Connection: The Spread of pro-Russian Policies on the European Far-Right

Monday, October 13, 2014, Goethe-Institut, Foyer
Péter Krekó, Rostislav Valvoda
 

The Significance of Václav Havel’s Value-Based Foreign Policy

Monday, October 13, 2014 Žofín Palace, Forum Hall
John Shattuck, Ales Bialiatski, Carl Gershman, Yoani Sánchez, Andrew Schapiro, Lobsang Sangay
 

What Is the Problem with the EU’s Common Foreign Policy?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Austrian Residence
Ramiro Cibrián, Alexandr Vondra, Ferdinand Trauttsmansdorff
 
 

Transferability of Democracy?

 

Building a Democratic Country: A Brief Introduction to the Republic of China’s (ROC’s) Experience

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Restaurant
Wei-jen Hu, Viphandh Roengpithya
 

Central and Eastern Europe: Dissidents of the Past and Present

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Knights’ Hall
Šimon Pánek, Mátyás Eörsi, Vugar Gojayev, Artem Loskutov
   

Democracy in China: Chimera or a Real Prospect?

Monday, October 13, 2014, European House
Kateřina Procházková, Olga Lomová, Murong Xuecun, Zhang Qianfan, Yang Jianli
 

Egypt and Ukraine: The Limits of Electoral Democracy in Transitions and the Role of Civil Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Embassy of Germany
Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, Shlomo Avineri, Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Tarek Osman, Paige Alexander
  

Environmental Concerns and Their Role in Shaping the Democratic Decision-Making

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Knights’ Hall
Bedřich Moldan, Dimitri Litvinov, Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint, Ondřej Liška
 

Expansion of the Global Economic Influence of China

Monday, October 13, 2014, Václav Havel Library
Viphandh Roengpithya, Yang Jianli, Milos Alcalay, Etienne Smith
 

The Future of Africa

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Embassy of France
Tomáš Lindner, Etienne Smith, Paulo Neves
Summary
  

The Future of Egypt: Dictatorship or Democracy?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Hotel InterContinental, Belvedere
Irena Kalhousová, Amre Moussa, Shlomo Avineri, Leslie Campbell, Klára Bednářová
 

Human Rights in the Czech Transition and Development Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Era World
Vladimír Bartovic, Petr Drulák, Tomáš Bílý, Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň, Sabina Malcová, Šimon Pánek
  

Is Democracy Possible in the Post-Soviet Space?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Tomáš Vrba, Khadija Ismayilova, Oleksandra Dvoretskaya, Igor Kochetkov, Emin Milli
 

Prisoners of Conscience: Resistance Against Human Rights Abuses, Across Contexts and Generations

Monday, October 13, 2014, European House
Mark Martin, Ales Bialiatski, Jared Genser, René de Jesús Gómez Manzano, Antonio Rodiles, Vugar Gojayev
 

Prospects and Challenges of the Burmese Transition: The Perspective of Civil Society?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Era World
Marie Peřinová, Wai Wai Nu, Igor Blaževič, Jared Genser, Sai Ye Kyaw Swar Myint, Nay Phone Latt
 

The Role of Human Rights in the Czech Foreign Policy

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, European House
Vlaďka Votavová, Karel Schwarzenberg, Pavel Svoboda, Alexandr Vondra, Libor Rouček
    

Systemic Change, Economic Reforms, and Democracy: What Have We Learned? What Lessons for the Future?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Forum Hall
Danilo Türk, Jan Švejnar, Ivan Mikloš, Mauricio Pozo, Grigory Yavlinsky
 

Ukraine: Perspectives for a Democratic Future in Europe?

Monday, October 13, 2014, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Natalia Churikova, Oleksandra Dvoretskaya, Karel Schwarzenberg, Grigory Yavlinsky, Daniel Baer
  

Visegrad Democracy Platform: Workshop I

Sunday, October 12, 2014, Hotel InterContinental, Klementinum
Karla Wursterová, Wojciech Przybylski, Jiří Schneider, Christopher Walker
 

Visegrad Democracy Platform: Workshop II

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Hotel InterContinental, Klementinum
Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Jiří Schneider, Christopher Walker, Petr Mareš
 

3 Years After Arab Spring: Middle East at a Crossroads

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Forum Hall
Shlomo Avineri, Tarek Osman, Falah Mustafa Bakir, Youssef Amrani, Gilles Kepel, Salam Fayyad
  
 

Religion and Democracy

 

Constructing Liberal Democracies: The Role of Religion

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Doris Donnelly, Tomáš Halík, Grigory Yavlinsky, Ramin Jahanbegloo, Markus Meckel
  

The Partnership of Churches and Companies in the Development of Society

Monday, October 13, 2014, Archbishop’s Palace
Iva Petříčková, Dominik Duka, Tomáš Kraus
   

Religion Against Totalitarianism

Monday, October 13, 2014, European House
William Cook, Václav Malý, Konstanty Gebert, Gilles Kepel, Wai Wai Nu
 

Religion and European Identity

Friday, October 10, 2014, NYU Prague
Pavel Fischer, Tomáš Halík, Jan Fingerland, Ivana Noble, Johanna Touzel
 

Art, Society, Nature and Politics

 

Art, Society, and Politics: Artists or Activists?

Sunday, October 12, 2014, Lucerna Palace, Marble Hall
Daniel Herman, Antonio Rodiles, Murong Xuecun, Petr Motyčka, Michal Hvorecký
 

Art Under Totalitarian Regimes: A Lithuanian Jazz Story

Sunday, October 12, 2014, Jazz Dock
Leonidas Donskis, Liudas Mockūnas, Jiří Stivín
 

Caring For Our Heritage: Reconnecting Society with Nature

Monday, October 13, 2014, Goethe-Institut
H.R.H. Charles, The Prince of Wales (video message), Bedřich Moldan, Christoph Promberger, Thierry de l’Escaille, Nat Page, Richard Brabec
 

Changing Perception of Public Space: Between Opportunity and Responsibility

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Žofín Palace, Conference Hall
Michael Žantovský, Tomáš Ctibor, Krištof Kintera, Illah Van Oijen, Adam Gebrian
  

Reaching Across Frontiers: The Transformative Power of Wild Nature

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Goethe-Institut
Ladislav Miko, Toby Aykroyd, Pavel Hubený, Jaromír Bláha, Renata Krzysciak-Kosinska
  

Accompanying Events

 

Black Ice

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Era World
Bedřich Moldan, Dimitri Litvinov, Andrey Soldatov
 

#chicagoGirl: The Social Network Takes On a Dictator

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Langhans, People in Need Center
Klára Bednářová
 

Gala Dinner

Monday, October 13, 2014, Mlýnec
Lilian Tintori, Jakub Klepal
  

Opening Ceremony    

Sunday, October 12, 2014, Prague Crossroads
Jakub Klepal, Ivan M. Havel, Jürgen Hoffmeister, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Igor Blaževič
 

Viva Cuba Libre: Rap Is War

Monday, October 13, 2014, Langhans, People in Need Center
René de Jesús Gómez Manzano, Antonio Rodiles
 

Wilderness and Society

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, Goethe-Institut
H.R.H. Charles, The Prince of Wales (video message), Toby Aykroyd, Jan Piňos, Ladislav Miko, Erik Baláž
 
 

Events Outside Prague

 

Black Ice

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Open Garden, Brno
Bohuslav Binka, Dimitri Litvinov
 

Content? Discontent?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Goose on a String Theatre, Brno
Petr Oslzlý, Ivan M. Havel
 

The Czech Way of Democracy: Did We Want It This Way?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Antiquarian Bookshop Fiducia, Ostrava
Libor Magdoň, Vladimír Baar, Petr Placák
  

Democracy and Its Discontents

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Municipal House, Opava
Jiří Siostrzonek, Petr Jančárek

The Culture of the Streets: Rap As a Voice of Protest

Wednesday, October 15, 2014, Nebe Coffee & Bar, Pilsnen
Dalibor Hamp, Martin Hůla, Jakub Doubrava
Summary 

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