Together with RFE/RL, the International Republican Institute (IRI), and the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), and in cooperation with the National Democratic Institute (NDI), this conference will address the political, economic, and social currents that challenge the region’s path toward greater cooperation, prosperity, and freedom. Inspired by President of Czechoslovakia Vaclav Havel’s ideal, this event aims to foster strategies for the region today, drawing from Havel’s historic accomplishments and leadership.
Havel’s Atlanticist vision laid the foundation for the transatlantic future of Central and Eastern Europe. The shared history of this region overcoming authoritarianism and embracing liberal democracy underscores the transformative power of Euro-Atlantic cooperation. However, the pressure of recurring crises across the European Union has paved the way for populist and isolationist movements and the closing of civic space in Central and Eastern Europe. These emerging trends put at stake Havel’s legacy, the region’s transatlantic accomplishments, and the future of Europe whole, free, and at peace. This event will bring together key European and US voices to discuss democratic backsliding, media freedom, and economic changes.
Democratic Backsliding? The State of Democracy in the Region (above)
The Illiberal Turn and Media Freedom
Managing Economic Crises and Combating Corruption: The Role of the Business Community
Strengthening Pro-Democracy Forces: How Should the Transatlantic Community Respond?