Democracy: Global Challenges and Opportunities

March 16, 2007, Prague


9.00 am – 9.10 am 
Welcome speeches by Jiří Pehe, Director of New York University in Prague, and Oldřich Černý, Director, Forum 2000 Foundation

Keynote Speech
9.10-9.30 am
Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs

First Panel
9.30 am – 12.30 Democracy, Media and Lobbyism
(Is political democracy as a “serious business” compatible with modern media, which increasingly determine the political agenda of each state? How influenced are democratic politicians by lobbying? Is the democratic process a hostage of money?)

Moderator: Tomáš Klvaňa, New York University in Prague

Thomas E. Patterson , Harvard University, JFK School of Government
Allison Stanger ,Rohatyn Institute for International Affairs, USA
Richard Y. W. Yeoh , Transparency International, Malaysia
Josef Jařab , Palacky University, Olomouc, and former Chairman of the Media Committee of the Council of Europe
Farhad Kazemi , Politics Department, New York University

Second Panel
2.00 pm – 5.00 pm Democracy, Globalization, and Multiculturalism

(Is democracy as a concept born in the nation state applicable on a global level? Is democracy in nation states threatened by the process of globalization? Which are the options for global governance? Has the concept of multiculturalism, based on collective rights of minority groups eroded democracy? Can democracy, as a system invented in the West, survive if we accept that culture determines how “universal” values, such as human rights, are interpreted?)

Moderator: Jiří Pehe, New York University, Prague

Ted Magder , Culture and Communication Studies, Steinhardt School, NYU
Jiří Přibáň, Cardiff Law School, University of Wales
Dusan I. Bjelic, University of Southern Maine
Michael J. Gilligan, Politics Department, New York University