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Where is democracy heading? Is our freedom in danger? Inspired by the global COVID-19 lockdown, the #Forum2000online Chats offer interviews with politicians, experts, human rights defenders, journalists and diplomats – relevant and interesting people from the Forum 2000 network - discussing the most significant current developments and looking at how they impact the future of democracy and freedom. Governments tend to accumulate power in times of crisis - and we need to make sure they renounce it, once normalcy returns!

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Dr. Eduardo Magrani, the President of the National Institute for Data Protection in Brazil and an affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, joined us for this week’s #Forum2000online Chat to talk about Brazil's pioneering legislative attempts to regulate the virtual sphere, the challenges it poses for the lawmakers worldwide, as well as the broader context of what still has to be done to ensure that democracy and human rights are safe in the reality where the border between online and offline becomes more and more blurred. In this interview, you will learn that: Democracies still miss adequate law regulations for the digital sphere. While these regulations are still missing, anti-democratic forces and companies can grossly misuse digital technologies. Micro-targeting of content causes people to lock up in their own “tailored realities”, where they are vulnerable to manipulation. Spreading misinformation online is as unethical as spreading a virus.  Ensuring that democracy and human rights prevail in the digital era requires a joint effort from governments, businesses and internet users themselves. Brazil and the EU are leading in creating legislation for data governance and other issues concerning the digital world that should serve as an inspiration. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Nov 25

17 min 15 sec

In this week’s #Forum2000online Chat, Dr. Fonteh Akum, the Executive Director of the Pretoria-based Institute of Security Studies, joined us to discuss the prospects and challenges of democratization in Africa, the role the continent can play on the international stage, as well as the recent developments in Ethiopia and Sudan.    In this interview, you will learn that: Democratization in Africa still faces many challenges, but if certain conditions are met democracy will have a chance to sustain and thrive.  African political parties should put the state’s interest over their own, and civil society should hold politicians accountable.  African leaders should find a way to make the continent a subject and not an object of the global competition over resources and political influence.  Well-functioning democracy for everyone is more important than a well-functioning economy that produces wealth only for the elites and their cronies.  Only finding a consensus could put an end to the deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia.  Dr Fonteh Akum is the Executive Director of the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He is the former Head of the Lake Chad Basin program in the Dakar office of the ISS. He joined the ISS in 2017 as a senior researcher in the Peace and Security Research Programme in Pretoria, after which he moved to ISS Dakar as a senior researcher. Before joining the ISS, he worked for the United States Department of Defense, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, and the Africa Program of the United Nations University for Peace. The interview was recorded on October 27, 2021, and moderated by Ladislav Garassy, a political geographer based in Prague.  For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Nov 4

17 min 13 sec

In this week's #Forum2000online Chat, French political scientist and Arabist and Professor at Paris Sciences and Lettres University, Gilles Kepel, spoke about the situation in Afghanistan and the wider region now that the US have withdrew. In this interview, you will learn that: We were supposed to expect the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, but the hasty execution of it was rather surprising. Recent images of the withdrawal are reminiscent of the US defeat in Saigon in 1975. Today’s Taliban shows differences from the Taliban of 1996 to 2001. Human and other rights are disappearing as if 20 years of American presence had not occurred. The international jihadist movement might seek to relocate some of its activities to Afghanistan Europe will have to take responsibility for migration and its borders.   Gilles Kepel is a French political scientist and Arabist and Professor at Paris Sciences and Lettres University (PSL) as well as the Director of the Middle East and Mediterranean Program at Ecole Normale Supérieure. His newest book „Away from Chaos: The Middle East and the Challenge to the West” was published in English translation in 2020.   This interview was recorded on October 5, 2021 and moderated by Arzu Geybulla, Azerbaijanian journalist and member of the Forum 2000 Program Council. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Oct 21

22 min 26 sec

This week's #Forum2000online Chat brings a very timely topic. Liana Fix, Programme Director for International Affairs at Körber-Stiftung, and Martin Ehl, Chief Analyst at Hospodářské noviny, discussed the outcome of the German elections on 26 September 2021. What type of coalition can we expect and how will it address Germany’s Foreign relations in the future?   In this interview, you will learn that: Parties will form either Jamaica coalition or a Traffic light coalition Germany’s ambiguous approach to Russia and China will become more difficult to pursue in the future Green party will play a crucial role in the coalition negotiations Greens are very outspoken on human rights issues and criticize loudly those who violate them Germany tends to invite all the partners to the negotiation, democratic or not Afghan crisis has embarrassed Berlin but won’t mean a drastic change in the relationship with US Germany is unlikely to engage in visionary projects such as Strategic Autonomy Liana Fix is the Programme Director for International Affairs at Körber-Stiftung, Historian and Political Scientist. She formerly worked at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (S.W.P.). Her research focuses on European Security, Germany’s international role, Russian foreign policy, and Eastern Europe.   Martin Ehl is a journalist and author working for Czech Economic daily Hospodářské noviny (ihned.cz). He also writes a column 'Middle Europa' at Transitions Magazine (tol.org). His areas of interest include Central Europe, security and transatlantic relations, and globalization.   This interview was recorded on October 28, 2021.   For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Sep 30

16 min 24 sec

The protests in Cuba on 11 and 12 July, which the media consider unprecedented, are the largest in Cuba since 1994. Lucia Argüellová interviewed Tania Bruguera, a Cuban performance artist detained by the Cuban government for her protest activities on several occasions in the last years. In this #Forum2000online Chat, Bruguera assesses the role of the pandemic, social media, and Cuba's socio-economic development during the protests. In this interview, you will learn that: Protests were sparked by political and social demands in combination with grave shortages. Cuba took its own path in developing the vaccine for covid. Social media play an increasingly important role in Cuban protests.  The government responded with repressions and strict internet regulations.  Cubans are not allowed to bring medicine from abroad. Protesters were shocked by the brutality of the dictatorship even towards minors. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/2148376

Sep 9

19 min 18 sec

This week’s Forum 2000 Summer Special hosted Adam Bodnar, former Polish ombudsman, lawyer, educator, and human rights' activist, and Vesna Pusić, Croatian sociologist who previously served as Minister of Foreign and European Affairs. In a discussion moderated by Martin Ehl, Chief Analyst for Czech Economic daily Hospodářské noviny, they look at the state of democratic institutions 30 years after the fall of Communism in Europe. Key takeaways: If Poland wants to receive EU funding in the future, it must resolve the issue of judicial independence. The Polish Government has gained much firmer control over information than it did six years ago. In 30 years, the so-called new democracies have had only a short time to develop. The focus on civic education in schools is showing concrete results in how people vote. Weakness in institution building has brought people who doubt their worth. We won't fight for institutions if we think of them in terms of personal benefits. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Aug 26

31 min 44 sec

In our very first #Forum2000online Chat Summer Special, three experts share their research and knowledge on topics of data technology. Didi Kirsten Tatlow, a researcher at the German Council on Foreign Relations, moderates the debate with Xiao Qiang, a renowned expert on U.S-China relationship and Editor-in-Chief of the China Digital Times, and Ulises Mejias, Communication Studies Professor and the author of a book on data colonization. Key takeaways: What classical colonialism and data colonialism have in common is their function of extraction. We all provide data on ourselves, for example with our purchases or online activity. Xiao Qiang uses the term “digital authoritarianism” to describe a similar phenomenon in China. Ulises Mejias describes the issue of data extraction in the US as “surveillance capitalism.” The Chinese Communist Party is paying close attention to the activity of Chinese companies abroad. In China, the potential of citizens to push back against the collection of their data is very limited. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/forum-2000

Jul 29

31 min 32 sec

In this week's #Forum2000online Chat, Ana Karina López Ramón, a political journalist from Ecuador and a founding partner of Fundamedios, an organization promoting freedom of expression and monitoring threats to freedom of the press in Latin America, talks about the change between the two Presidential administrations of Ecuador and its impact on the media.   In this interview, you will learn that:   Former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa used different means to attack free journalism. Before Correa came to power, the media in Ecuador enjoyed higher credibility. Moreno’s presidency meant a considerable improvement for media in Ecuador.  The “Communication law” of 2013 allowed Correa to suppress his critics.  The public was very discontent with the press by the time of October 2019 protests. The public space of Ecuador remains seriously polarized.  The era of Rafael Correa left many journalists behind. Ana Karina López Ramón is a founding partner of Fundamedios. She works on monitoring the media landscape and attacks on free journalism in Ecuador. Her book on the former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was awarded the municipality’s book of the year for journalism.    #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 24

18 min 46 sec

In this week's #Forum2000online Chat, Konstantin von Eggert, a specialist on Russian affairs, speaks with Miriam Lanskoy from National Endowment for Democracy. They discuss the impact of Navalny’s movement and the chances of Russian opposition, the challenges that lie ahead of the US new administration, and whether we understand Putin’s language of power.   In this interview, you will learn that:  The elections in Russia have very little in common with proper elections.  We can easily predict who is going to take part in the elections.   Putin needs these elections to secure a blind legislature for 2024 Presidential elections.  Navalny’s movement has lost most of its power after it was attacked by Putin.  It is unlikely that Navalny would have greater electoral base even if he was free.  Biden’s administration treats Putin’s regime as in the “New Cold War”.  We have not shown to Putin any powerful action, only proclamations.   This is a weakness and Kremlin lets no weakness go unused.   Konstantin von Eggert is an independent journalist, political analyst and communications consultant. He is a weekly Russian affairs columnist for Deutsche Welle and a contributor to TV Rain, Russia’s independent TV channel. The interview was recorded on June 15, 2021, and moderated by Miriam Lanskoy, Senior Director for Russia and Eurasia at the National Endowment for Democracy.  #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 17

15 min 14 sec

Didi Kirsten Tatlow, a specialist on China and the author of “China’s Quest for Foreign Technology: Beyond Espionage”, speaks about the historical reasons behind China's battle for global technological dominance, its newest techniques and most importantly about the threats that it raises to democratic societies. In this interview, you will learn that:  CCP is building up its technological capability, and the West is assisting it, without being fully aware. There are not many ways to properly understand China without knowing Chinese In some cases, such as Germany, it has already infiltrated in the state structures, causing the so-called elite capture. The real issue is not economic relations with China but its normative influence and import of values. Democracies are very open societies and therefore very easy to infiltrate. We misunderstood China by thinking it would change after integrating into the open market. Instead, China seems to be changing us. China uses media in a way that it is not clear that they are paid by the CCP. Didi Kirsten Tatlow is a senior fellow at the Asia Program at the German Council of Foreign Relations (DGAP) in Berlin, Germany, and a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at Projekt Sinopsis in Prague, Czechia. The interview was recorded on May 31, 2021, and moderated by sinologist and journalist Kateřina Procházková, Sinopsis, Czech Republic. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 10

27 min 57 sec

More information: https://www.forum2000.cz/en/news/yout... This video was prepared as part of the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal and its Youth Working Group, which addresses the role of young active people in supporting democracy and human rights. “I would say that the only maybe long-lasting and sustainable changes are brought up when young people or people in general are creating communities.“ Jelena Milutinović is the Head of Development of Youth Initiative for Human Rights based in Serbia. As an experienced human rights educator who is highly dedicated to promoting civil society, she also participates in one of Forum 2000's initiatives - the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal. In this week's #Forum2000online Chat, Mrs Milutinović talks about the importance of youth engagement in shaping the democratic future of Serbia and other East European countries. As such, the interview not only provides for an in-depth understanding of the problems that younger generations face but also lays down the ways of overcoming them. “Be persistent. Of course, you won´t be always able to do everything you wanted but something similar to that could be quite as satisfying as the thing that you originally wanted to do,“ advises Mrs Milutinović. The interview was recorded on May 26, 2021 and moderated by Hasler Iglesias, Youth leader of the Voluntad Popular and Coordinator of the Youth Working Group of the International Coalition for Democratic Renewal from Venezuela. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 3

17 min 57 sec

“Then what would we've become. What would we've called ourselves? You can hardly call yourself Great Britain when you're only England. Little Britain? Or just England?“ Helena Kennedy, Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, is a Scottish barrister, broadcaster, and Labour member of the House of Lords. From 1992 -1997 she served as a Chair of Charter 88, a pressure group named after Charter 77 that advocated constitutional reform including devolution of parliament and establishment of the Scottish Parliament. In our newest #Forum2000online Chat, we discuss the historical roots as well as current moods in Scotland that had a critical influence on the results of the Scottish elections held on May 6. Why nationalist appeals seem to win in a historically Labour-voting country? Is there going to be another independence referendum? What is the future of the United Kingdom if Scotland breaks away? “The different parts help to leaven some of the ways of thinking that operate in different places,“ says Baroness Kennedy to demonstrate the benefits of the union. The interview was recorded on May 20, 2021 and moderated by Irena Kalhousová, member of the Program Council of the Forum 2000 Foundation. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

May 27

25 min 29 sec

“People should understand that this is what they need – the right to peace is what they need.“ Gulnara Shahinian is an international expert on human rights and people trafficking and the founder and Chair of Democracy Today. During the years 2008–2015, she served as the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery. Since 2009 she works as an expert on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings in the Council of Europe. In our newest #Forum2000online Chat, Mrs Shahinian talks about the right to peace – a right to have human rights promoted, protected and realised. The interview was recorded on May 13, 2021 and moderated by Jonathan Cooper, barrister and human rights activist from the United Kingdom. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

May 20

16 min 46 sec

“Both the element of equality and the element of popular sovereignty, which are crucial values of democracy, have been left aside.“ Chantal Mouffe is a Belgian political theorist and former Professor at the University of Westminster. She also held research positions at Harvard, Cornell, the University of California, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, and others. Together with Ernesto Laclau, Professor Mouffe co-authored a very influential “Hegemony and Socialist Strategy“ – the magnum opus of the so-called Essex School of discourse analysis. As an expert on democratic theory, in this week´s #Forum2000online Chat Professor Mouffe talked about the crisis that liberal democracies around the globe seem to face. In this respect, the pandemics exacerbated the existing problems but also brought about completely new challenges in terms of exercising democratic powers. “People are already accepting a series of limitations of their liberty which they would never have accepted before.“ The interview was recorded on May 6, 2021, and moderated by Arzu Geybulla, Azerbaijanian journalist and member of the Forum 2000 Program Council. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

May 13

25 min 38 sec

“Overall I am quite optimistic because we see that civil society has many new initiatives in pockets. And we have many new people around us who can do something. But the government has already used all its weapons,“ says Leonid Drabkin from OVD-Info about the state of civil society after protests in Russia. OVD-Info is an independent human rights project whose aim is to help the victims of political persecution in Russia. The project monitors arrests at public rallies, collecting information about the place of activists detainment, their need for assistance or legal aid and more. Symbolically, on the day of the 9th anniversary of the Bolotnaya Square rally, the biggest demonstration in Russia since the 1990s, #Forum2000online Chat publishes a discussion with the project´s general coordinator Leonid Drabkin. In the interview, Mr Drabkin talks about the OVD-Info project, the current protests against Navalny´s imprisonment and the future of civil society in Russia. “We try to give a response. Because civil society – it´s about a response to the pressures government makes on our society.“ The interview was recorded on April 26, 2021, and moderated by Arzu Geybulla, columnist and writer from Azerbaijan. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

May 6

22 min 35 sec

“Chinese government in recent years has built the most advanced digital technology for its domestic censorship and surveillance and also become a sort of influential force in the world for the global authoritarianism.“ Xiao Qiang is a Research Scientist at the School of Information, Berkeley, California, and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of China Digital Times, a bilingual Chinese news website. He has been named in the Foreign Policy magazine's Pacific Power Index list of "50 people shaping the future of the U.S.-China relationship in 2015“. In our latest #Forum2000online Chat, produced in cooperation with Sinopsis, Mr Qiang emphasized the need to recognize the threat that China represents in the global contest over the dominance in the digital sphere. While some people view it as a primarily economic conflict between raising economic power and existing dominant power, China´s digital authoritarianism challenges more important aspects of the social order we live in – values of freedom and democracy. “It´s not simply about hard power struggle, this is about the most fundamental and precious human values in every society, universally.“ The interview was recorded on April 19, 2021, and moderated by sinologist and journalist Kateřina Procházková, Sinopsis, Czech Republic. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Apr 29

22 min 55 sec

Dr Arunabha Ghosh is the founder-CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), one of the leading policy research institutions in Asia. He is also a public policy professional, adviser, author, and columnist, previously involved with Princeton, Oxford, WTO, or United Nations Development Programme. In our #Forum2000online Chat Dr Ghosh talks about the importance of civic participation and youth engagement in solving the climate change challenges. He also lines up the main areas for improvement and follow-up strategies for more sustainable India. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Mar 18

19 min 58 sec

“The international community is trading with this genocidal regime as we speak, and this is a shameful situation – this is unconscionable.“ Nury A. Turkel, an Uyghur American lawyer, public official, and human rights activist who is currently listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by the Time magazine. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Mar 4

34 min 44 sec

"I was actually greatly surprised and shocked that the majority of the world, even of the countries surrounding Togo, have no idea that Togo is run by the oldest military regime in Africa." Farida Nabourema is a human rights activist from Togo. In 2019 she was listed as one of the Most Influential African Women.  "The only way that I came to cope with the decision of me leaving Togo was that I saw it as an opportunity for me to raise awareness on the ongoing dictatorship," she says. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Feb 18

21 min 4 sec

Belarus has changed forever and it will never get back as it was before. The main mistake Europe made in a political relationship with Belarus was inconsistency, they did not realize they are working with a political animal. Also, there was no unified strategy between Washington and Brussels. The situation in Belarus can impact a lot of things globally – it shows all the fragility of the system says Belarusian journalist Franak Viachorka.  The moderator is Arzu Geybullayeva. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Aug 2020

35 min 12 sec

Popular sovereignty and national sovereignty are the two constitutive elements from the new populists in power in Hungary and Poland, says Political Scientist Jacques Rupnik. #Forum2000online The moderator is Irena Kalhousová. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Aug 2020

30 min 5 sec

Violence against women is one of the largest pending human rights debts states have in LatinAmerica, says Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International. The moderator is Martina Minárová. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jul 2020

16 min 47 sec

None of the restrictive measures we have experienced were communicated directly to children, the system did not think about them and their mental health, says Jana Soukupová, Founder and CEO of @vize.youthspeakup. The moderator is Kristýna Klepáčková. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jul 2020

29 min 7 sec

The pluralistic model of liberal democracy requires education, cultural capital, a strong civil society and a strong middle class – which is not true everywhere.Only a minority of today’s liberal democracies can deliver something reasonable, most of the countries are becoming rather parodies of liberal democracies, says Slovak sociologist, Michal Vašečka.  The moderator is Norbert Červený. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jul 2020

27 min 19 sec

Democracy in Latin America has been on decline since 2010. Venezuela and Nicaragua already became authoritarian regimes and other countries, such as El Salvador or Brazil, are in danger of moving to the undemocratic zone, too, says Marta Lagos, founder and director of Latinobarómetro. The moderator is Martina Minárová. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jul 2020

14 min 29 sec

The Trump administration is wilfully not acting to ensure that every locality has safe voting procedures in times of pandemic, either in person or by mail, says Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government at Harvard University. #Forum2000online The moderator is Jakub Klepal, Executive Director of Forum 2000. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jul 2020

23 min 59 sec

There is no alternative in 2020 but to vote democratic. Donald #Trump is not a competent authoritarian - which is good, but his second term would be damaging, says William Kristol, political analyst and founder of The Weekly Standard. #Forum2000online The moderator is Arzu Geybullayeva,columnist, blogger, and journalist. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jul 2020

22 min 26 sec

Through the partnership with the regional Polish political party, the present Lithuanian coalition sneaks in a lot of anti-LGBT and reproductive rights onto the agenda, says Sarunas Liekis, Professor and Dean of the Political Science and Diplomacy Faculty at Vytautas Magnus University (Vytauto Didžiojo universitetas). The moderator is Jan Snaidauf, Chief Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000  

Jun 2020

27 min 12 sec

Democracies are dealing with the crisis much more effectively and authoritarian regimes are using the crisis to tighten their political grip. Carl Gershman, President of the NED talking about an open letter to #DefendDemocracy. The moderator is Jakub Klepal, Eaxecutive Director of Forum 2000. #Forum2000online #DefendDemocracy For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 2020

25 min 27 sec

Je to skvělý, co děláme. Je to důležitý, ale ono to nestačí. Musí přijít někdo, kdo ten potenciál a energii přetaví v reálné politické výsledky, říká Mikuláš Minář, předseda spolku Milion chvilek pro demokracii. Moderuje Petr Mucha, člen programové rady Nadace Forum 2000. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 2020

25 min 26 sec

Putin is reopening the country and lifting all the quarantine measures in order to hold the so-called „plebiscite“ on July 1 - which would enable him to stay in the office until 2036. Vladimir Kara-Murza, leading #Russian opposition figure, journalist and long-time colleague of Boris Nemtsov, talks about the debate within the opposition. The moderator is Jakub Klepal, Executive Director of Forum 2000 Foundation. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 2020

28 min 3 sec

The Latin American prisons are overcrowded, with unsanitary conditions and lack of potable water, says José Miguel Vivanco, the director of Human Rights Watch Americas division. The moderator is Martina Minárová, Project Coordinator of Democratic Solidarity. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 2020

17 min 18 sec

There might be permanent consequences of social distancing in some societies. The virus is widening the pre-existing divisions of class and race in the US. My worry is that China may take greater risks in its domestic and foreign policy. Cold War II has already begun, says Niall Ferguson, historian and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. The moderator is Jakub Klepal, Executive Director of Forum 2000 Foundation. For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 2020

17 min 51 sec

Populism, polarization and post-truth are part of a toolkit of leaders, mostly autocrats in today’s world. They help them to acquire and retain power. But I begin to perceive a renewed appetite for competent leaders who don’t lie. But I also believe that there is a global appetite to get sources and facts that are reliable, says Moisés Naím distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the chief international columnist for La Repubblica. #Forum2000online For more information about our activities follow our web and social media: Web: https://www.forum2000.cz Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/forum.2000 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Forum_2000

Jun 2020

15 min 2 sec