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Athen: Athens Democracy Forum

16.09.2018

With emerging domocracies backsliding into authoritarianism and ohr´ters failung prey to populism, there has never been a more urgent need ta assess the evolving state of democracy and its impact now, amid rapid globale change. This September, The New York Times will bring together its senior journalists with international business leaders, policy makters, and a braod variety of experts to debate and discuss the current state of democracy with a focus on new solutions. Delegates from different countries and indusries will collaborate to indentify concrete actions for governments, businesses and citizens to take to preserve a free society.

This September, The New York Times will bring together its senior journalists with international business leaders, policy makers, and a broad variety of experts to debate and discuss the current state of democracy with a focus on new solutions. Delegates from different countries and industries will collaborate to identify concrete actions for governments, businesses and citizens to take to preserve a free society.

The agenda addresses issues including:
The Allure of the Illiberal: Are there flaws in the classic models of democracy?
When Technology Collides with Citizenship: How are rapid technological advances changing the nature of politics?
Identity, Diversity and Inclusion: How can democracies preserve human rights amid pervasive populist backlashes?
The Business of Business: Do companies today have a greater responsibility to society, and when is engagement good for business?

Hosts
Roger Cohen
Op-Ed Columnist
The New York Times

Serge Schmemann
Member of the Editorial Board and Athens Democracy Forum Program Director
The New York Times

Kathleen Kingsbury
Deputy Editorial Page Editor
The New York Times

Steven Erlanger
Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, Europe
The New York Times

Liz Alderman
Chief European Business Correspondent
The New York Times

Pamela Paul
Book Review Editor
The New York Times
Speakers
More speakers to be announced.

H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos

Marcos Peńa
Chief of the Cabinet of Ministers
Argentina

Ouided Bouchamaoui
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 2015

Kishore Mahbubani
Former President, U.N. Security Council
Professor in the Practice of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and Author, "Has the West Lost It?"

Thorbjřrn Jagland
Secretary General
Council of Europe

Thulisile Nomkhosi Madonsela
Law Trust Chair in Social Justice
Stellenbosch University

Ai Weiwei
Artist

Richard Allan*
Vice President Policy Solutions
Facebook

The Honourable Stéphane Dion
Ambassador to Germany and Special Envoy to the European Union and Europe
Canada

Yascha Mounk
Author

Annika Savill
Executive Head
UNDEF: The United Nations Democracy Fund

Damian Collins
Member of Parliament and Chairman, Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee
Britain

Sanja Kelly
Director, Freedom on the Net
Freedom House

Mark Thompson
President and C.E.O.
The New York Times Company

H.E. Joaquim Alberto Chissano
Former President, Republic of Mozambique
Chairperson, Joaquim Chissano Foundation

Georgios Kaminis
Mayor of Athens
Hellenic Republic

Sergey A. Karaganov
Dean, Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Lina Antara
Program Officer, Democracy and Diversity
International IDEA

The Rt. Hon. Lord Mark Malloch-Brown
Chair
International Crisis Group

Brunello Cucinelli
Chairman and C.E.O.
Brunello Cucinelli S.p.A.

Royston Braganza
C.E.O.
Grameen Capital India

Raisa Wickrematunge
Editor
Groundviews

Prof. Joseph Chan
Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration
University of Hong Kong

Stephen Dunbar-Johnson
President, International
The New York Times Company

Prof. Angie Hobbs
Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy
University of Sheffield

Monique Villa
C.E.O.
Thomson Reuters Foundation

Achilles Tsaltas
Vice President, International Conferences
The New York Times

Elizabeth Andersen
Executive Director
World Justice Project

Edmund Fawcett
Author and Historian of Liberalism

Dr. Karolina Wigura*
Head, Public Debate Observatory
Kultura Liberalna, Warsaw

Prof. András Bozóki*
Professor of Political Science
Central European University, Budapest

Radosław Sikorski*
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Poland

Prof. Jiří Přibáň*
Professor of Law
Cardiff University

Sabah Ismail Al-Haidoos*
C.E.O.
Silatech

Dr. Nabil Ghalleb*
Founding C.E.O.
Zitouna Tamkeen

Agenda
Agenda is subject to change.
Saturday, September 15, 2018
6:00 PM Democracy & Books Weekend* (Bespoke event)
Sunday, September 16, 2018
2:00 PM Registration opens
5:30 PM (Hotel Grande Bretagne to the Acropolis Museum shuttle bus service)
6:15 PM A Socrates-Confucius Dialogue: Is What Is Old New Again?
7:00 PM Cultural Event: “Forbidden City: The Private Rooms of Emperor Qianlong” Tour
8:00 PM City of Athens Democracy Award
8:30 PM Welcome Reception

Monday, September 17, 2018
7:45 AM Meet in Grande Bretagne lobby for optional accompanied walk to Zappeion
8:00 AM Registration and refreshments
8:45 AM Welcome
8:55 AM The Allure of the Illiberal
9:30 AM Spotlight: The Beginning of the End?
9:55 AM What Is the Business of Business?
10:30 AM Coffee break
11:00 AM Expert Insight: Freedom on the Net
11:20 AM Democracy and the Law
11:50 AM Expert Insight: Migrants at the Gate
12:10 PM Sponsored U.N. Global Goals Interactive Lunch Round Tables*
1:35 PM When Technology Collides with Citizenship
2:05 PM Interactive Workshops
4:00 PM Cultural Tour: Path for Democracy (optional)
5:15 PM (Hotel Grande Bretagne to the Stoa of Attalos shuttle bus service)
6:00 PM (Guest Arrival at the Stoa of Attalos)
6:30 PM Welcome Remarks
6:45 PM Aristotle Address
6:55 PM Global Conversation with Roger Cohen, Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
7:40 PM (Two-minute walk from Stoa of Attalos to Café Avissinia)
8:00 PM Authentic Dining Experience at Café Avissinia (by invitation only)
10:00 PM (Café Avissinia to Hotel Grande Bretagne shuttle bus service)

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
8:45 AM Delegate Arrival and Refreshments
9:15 AM Talk with The Times
9:55 AM Opening Keynote Conversation: Democratic Security in Europe and Abroad
10:20 AM Spotlight: The Literature of Liberal Democracy
10:50 AM Coffee break
11:20 AM Interactive Discussion: Bridging the Generational Gap
11:55 AM Closing Keynote Conversation: What Is Our Human Obligation?
12:45 PM Sponsored Lunch Event: Elections and Democracy in the Digital Age*
12:45 PM Sponsored Panel: Youth Economic Empowerment to Strengthen Democracies (followed by Buffet Lunch)
12:45 PM Sponsored Lunch Event: Civil Society vs. Illiberal Regimes?
3:00 PM Cultural Tour: From Tyrants to Emperors: The Temple of Olympian Zeus (optional)

Athens Democracy Forum. September 16-18, 2018: Register to attend: athensdemocracyforum.com


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