Starting on August 1, 2014, you can register to participate in the 18th annual Forum 2000 Conference titled “Democracy and Its Discontents: A Quarter-Century After the Iron Curtain and Tiananmen,” which will take place October 12–14, 2014 in Prague and will continue on October 15, 2014 in other 11 Central European cities. Registration is possible via our online registration system only and will be open until September 30, 2014, or until capacity is reached.
Registration is necessary for participation as an observer at discussions held at Žofín Palace in Prague and at events marked in the program as “by special invitation only.” The rest of the conference program held at different venues around Prague and other cities is open to the public without pre-registration. More detailed information along with a link to the registration system can be found here.
This year’s Forum 2000 Conference will offer a critical reflection on the last 20–30 years of democratic transitions, asses the current state of democracy, and explore aspirations for the future of democracy across regions, topics and generations.
Confirmed participants include José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain; Salam Fayyad, Palestinian economist and former Prime Minister; Ivan M. Havel, Czech scientist; Sylvie Kauffmann, French journalist and former Editor in Chief of Le Monde; Gilles Kepel, French political scientist and Professor at Sciences Po; Antonio Ledezma, Mayor of Caracas; Michael McFaul, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Professor of Political Science at Stanford University; Antonio Rodiles, Cuban activist and Director of State of SATS; and Yang Jianli, Chinese dissident and President of Initiatives for China.
The Forum 2000 Conference is traditionally open to the public free of charge. Last year over 4,000 observers attended the conference, including representatives of government, academia, civil society, and business as well as students from around the world.
Part of the proceedings will be broadcast live on our website in the Video section or on YouTube. You can follow up-to-date information about the #Forum2000 Conference and online reporting of the entire program on our Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ pages. We would be happy to hear your impressions and comments.
More information about the conference can be found here.