On March 23, we received the sad news that Madeleine Albright (1937–2022), a Prague native, diplomat, first female US Secretary of State, dear friend to Václav Havel, and a beloved participant of the Forum 2000 projects, passed away. We deeply miss her! To recall her last participation at the Forum 2000 Conference in 2020, we invite you to re-watch the discussion “Women’s rights in times of crisis” with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Karolina Wigura, and Michael Žantovský.
The International Coalition for Democratic Renewal and its members support the Ukrainian people who are waging a historic struggle for freedom. The first #StandWithUkraine call was published on February 26, followed by #StandWithUkraine 2 on March 17. ICDR members call on Russian authorities to stop their aggression against Ukraine and ask the international community for 8 important points in the latest statement.
”It is necessary to mobilize all our forces to make it painful for people around Putin,” said Svitlana Zalishchuk in another episode of #Forum2000online Chat about the War in Ukraine. Ms. Zalishchuk is Foreign Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine on European Integration and Advisor to the CEO of Naftogaz Group. In the interview she recounts the current situation and then explains what measures have been taken by Europe and the world and what other actions are expected.
On April 8, the Forum 2000 Foundation, in cooperation with Fundación Internacional para la Libertad and Cátedra Mario Vargas Llosa, are organizing a conference at Universidad CEU San Pablo in Madrid to discuss the reasons for the recent wave of mass demonstrations in the region. The speakers will address the common causes of the protests across different Latin American countries and discuss their democratizing potential in various authoritarian regimes. Experts and civil society leaders, including Venezuelan human rights lawyer Tamara Sujú, the director of Amnesty International Mexico Erika Guevara Rosas, or Rosa María Payá of Cuba Decide, will be among the speakers of the event.
How does Brazil perceive and approach the ongoing crisis in Ukraine? You will find out in our special episode of #Forum2000online Chat with Bernardo Sorj, director of the Edelstein Center for Social Research and Democratic Platform Project. The war has provoked discussion and a political divide that can be seen in the media and in public debate. Mr. Sorj states that “both part of the left and the extreme right, the position is, I wouldn’t say pro-Russian but anti-American”.