Strengthening Democracy in Uncertain Times

21st Forum 2000 Conference

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?

A selection of photographs from the 21st Forum 2000 Conference

More photographs can be found in the Photogallery

Forum 2000 Opening Ceremony
Jakub Klepal, Xiao Qiang, Ivan M. Havel

Closing panel - Defending Democracy
Carl Gershman, Penda Mbow, Adam Michnik,
Jorge Quiroga Ramírez, Leyla Yunusova, Šimon Pánek,

More videos can be found in the Video section

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

Social Networks

You can follow up-to-date information about the conference and online reporting of the entire program on our social networks. We would be happy to hear your impressions and comments.

Conference Partners

Main Partners
Official Carrier
General Media Partner
Media Partners

British Embassy Prague | CASLA Institute | CHATEAU VALTICE - Valtice Wine Cellars | Czech-German Discussion Forum | Czech-German Fund for the Future | Dial Telecom | Embassy of Canada to Czech Republic | Embassy of France in Prague | Embassy of Sweden in Prague, Czech Republic | Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague | Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Czech Republic | Eurostars David Hotel | Eurostars Thalia Hotel | Eventival | Fundación para el Progreso | Goethe Institut Prague | Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung | Kofárna | Lifefood | National Democratic Institute | Oxford University Press | Pilsner Urquell | Prague Business Club | Scenografie | Zátiší Group

Significant Donors

Helena and Jürgen Hoffmeister
Jan Barta
Marek Lehečka
Jan Žůrek