Forum 2000 September Bulletin

Relive the Forum 2000 annual conference

Explore the videos, photos and documents from our 26th Forum 2000 Conference in Prague, “Democracy’s Clear and Present Danger: How Do We Respond?” (August 31- September 2, 2022). In this issue you will also find:

The 5 Big Ideas | These five points represent some of the key ideas discussed during the three days of the event. Read and download the full document and watch the video.

A Democratic Roadmap for Ukraine | This short contribution, in cooperation with European Democracy Hub at Carnegie Europe, explores a selection of democracy-related priorities from among the large number of issues that future support to Ukraine will need to encompass. Read and download the full document.

The Forum 2000 editor’s pick 

A selection of essential articles, opinions and ideas from the Forum 2000 network. 

Why Ukraine Will Win, by Francis Fukuyama | “The war in Ukraine, now in its seventh month, marks a critical juncture that will determine the course of global democracy. There are three important points to be made about its significance”. This essay is based on a talk Mr. Fukuyama gave at the Forum 2000 Conference in Prague on “Democracy’s Clear and Present Danger” on 31 August 2022.

How and when the Ukraine war ends, by Misha Zelinsky | “Democracies have given Ukraine just enough weapons not to lose. If free societies are serious about victory, it’s time to arm Ukraine to the teeth with planes, tanks and artillery. We must brace for a long struggle”.

The Birth of an Illiberal Informational Autocracy in Europe: A Case Study on Hungary, by Péter Krekó | “The article argues that Hungarian informational autocracy combines strategies and techniques that are imported from Western liberal democracies—with plenty of inspiration coming from the recent example of the United States, and with narratives and conspiracy theories that are imported from Eastern autocracies.”

#Forum2000online: Ukraine and Hungary

In this month’s #Forum2000online chats:

Rebuilding Ukraine: What money can’t buy 

“[Victory] is an existential issue for us”, says Hanna Hopko in this week’s #Forum2000online Chat. Ms. Hopko, a former member of the parliament and former Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada, joined Niroshini Nugawela, attorney-at-law and Human Rights Advocate from Sri Lanka, to talk about the challenge of rebuilding Ukraine. What challenges do the Ukrainians have ahead to recover the nation? Will old problems and vices such as corruption and bureaucracy be insurmountable obstacles? What will coexistence between Ukrainians and Russians be like after the war?

Viktor Orbán: An international model for “authoritarian populism”? 

“Politics today is much more about the circus than about the bread”, says Péter Krekó in this week’s #Forum2000online Chat. Mr. Krekó, Director of the Political Capital Institute, joined Sascha Hannig, a journalist and Research Assistant at the Institute for Global Governance Research (GGR), Hitotsubashi University, Japan, to talk about Hungary, Viktor Orbán and the “informational autocracy”. Why are the losers of the regime the most enthusiastic supporters? Why is Orbán a model for illiberals in the world?

The full Bulletin here.