Democracy and its Enemies: New Threats, New Possibilities

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Democracy and its Enemies: New Threats, New Possibilities

Time: June 27, 2016 to June 29, 2016
Location: Estoril, Portugal
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Event Type: conference
Organized By: Institute for Political Studies, Catholic University of Portugal
Latest Activity: May 20, 2016

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On behalf of Estoril Political Forum

We have the pleasure of inviting you to the Estoril Political Forum 2016, dedicated to the theme "Democracy and its Enemies: New Threats, New Possibilities", held in association with one of our main partners, the International Forum for Democratic Studies, which publishes the distinguished quarterly Journal of Democracy. This timely debate is inspired by the same commitment to liberal democracy and the West that led Karl Popper to write his famous book, The Open Society and its Enemies, more than 70 years ago.


In the very same spirit, our 24th International Annual Meeting in Political Studies will discuss the resurgence of authoritarianism around the world and how the West and its multilateral institutions, namely NATO and the EU, should respond to this problem. Beyond these external threats, we will focus on the internal challenges faced by Democracy today, with a special emphasis on how one of its fundamental values fares in this new interconnected world: Free Speech. We will also dedicate special attention to how these and other threats present themselves among the English-speaking, the Portuguese-speaking and the Spanish-speaking peoples. And, just a week after the British people have their say on their EU membership, we will reflect on the aftermath of the UK referendum. For more information on our program, please see here.


If you want to be a part of this open debate on political science and international relations, together with the scholars, policy experts, businessmen, opinion leaders, journalists and students that we gather every year, just sign up here.


With our best wishes,

The Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal


About Estoril Political Forum

The Estoril Political Forum is an annual academic encounter that has been Promoted by the Institute for Political Studies of the Catholic University of Portugal, since 1993. These meetings are aimed at establishing an Euro-American network of institutions devoted to the study of the tradition of liberty and personal responsibility. They are unique by national standards and have become a reference in international, mainly Anglo-American, circles. If you would like to learn more about Estoril Political Forum, please see here.

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