Strengthening Democracy in Uncertain Times

21st Forum 2000 Conference
October 8–10, 2017
Prague and other cities


The democratic world seems to be at a crossroads. Trust in institutions is declining. Belief in democracy and the willingness to embrace democracy are weakening. Democratic processes around the world suddenly – and quite paradoxically - seem to be turning against the very foundations of democracy. Traditional liberal ideas are losing self-confidence in the global competition. Has democracy, as we know it, expired? Is it in transition? To what? Are we facing a systemic change? Has democracy become distorted, is it out of control? Has it not been able to reflect the changes in the society and the technological developments?

Thematic Areas:

  • Negative Trends in Democracy
  • Globalization and Restless Identities
  • Media, Information Marketplace, and the Post-Truth World
  • Countering Authoritarianism
  • Revitalizing Democracy
  • Religion, Transcendence and Democracy

Over one hundred speakers and several hundred experts from the fields of politics, diplomacy, and civil society will participate at the conference. Among the confirmed are the following personalities:

Luis Almagro
Luis Almagro
Heinz Fischer
Heinz Fischer
Mona Siddiqui
Mona Siddiqui
Mohamed Nasheed
Mohamed Nasheed
Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Albert II, Prince of Monaco
Tamara Sujú
Tamara Sujú
Jorge Ramirez Quiroga
Jorge Ramirez Quiroga
Manuel Cuesta Morúa
Manuel Cuesta Morúa
Andrius Tapinas
Andrius Tapinas
Can Dundar
Can Dundar


 (tentative as of September 7, 2017)

Sunday, October 8

9:00 – 10:30 Closed Working Sessions
10:30 – 13:00

Public Discussion

with H.S.H. Albert ll, Prince of Monaco
14:00 – 16:00 Closed Working Sessions
16:00 – 17:30 Panel Discussion (Embassy of Germany)
19:00 – 21:00 Opening Ceremony (Prague Crossroads)

Monday, October 9 (Prague, Žofín Palace)

8:00 – 9:15

Working Breakfasts 

9:30 – 11:00

Opening Panel: Democracy Challenged

11:15 – 12:45

Panel Discussions on the topics of populism, radicalization, role of youth in democracies, Latin America 

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch Break 

14:00 – 15:30

Panel Discussions on the topics of challenges to democracy, globalization, Russia, “post-truth” era and social media, China, populism

15:45 – 17:15

Panel Discussions on the influence of technology on democracy, Turkey

17:30 – 18:30

Life-hack: Is My Microwave Spying on Me?

19:30 – 21:30 Gala Dinner (by special invitation only)

Tuesday, October 10 (Prague, Žofín Palace)

8:30 – 10:00 Working Breakfasts
10:30 – 12:00 Closed Working Sessions on the topics of challenges to democracy, Latin America, civic activism
13:00 – 15:30 Closed Working Sessions on the topics of challenges to democracy, Latin America, civic activism, Europe, technologies
15:45 – 16:45 Public Discussion
with Heinz Fischer, Former President of Austria
17:00 – 18:30 Closing Panel: Defending Democracy