Personal Democracy Forum 2017

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Registration is now open for the 2017 Personal Democracy Forum


April 6-7 2017, European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk, Poland


About The Event

The 5th edition of Personal Democracy Forum will serve as a platform of idea and experience exchange for people working for civic participation and transparency in public life with the help of new technologies in Central and Eastern Europe.


The jubilee edition of Personal Democracy Forum will take place on April 6-7, 2017 in the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk. It is planned for two days of both experts’ presentations and several interactive workshops. Keynote speeches will be interpreted and recorded in order to be published online for further use. The conference will be streamed on the conference related websites.


At this year’s PDF, we will concentrate on diagnosing the democratic system – what went wrong? Did the system fail us or did we fail? What are the next steps? Find more background for this year’s main theme.


To see the agenda, register and learn more please visit: 

The Rīga Conference Livestream

riga2As part of New Eastern Europe’s partnership with the Rīga Conference we are pleased to provide you with a live stream of the event from October 28th and 29th 2016.


The program for the conference can be found at:


The Rīga Conference has become a unique venue for constructive dialogue on international security issues between leading global decision makers. The event is organized jointly by the Latvian Transatlantic Organisation, the Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia. The ability to facilitate such debates at various levels and with the participation of high level politicians, diplomats, experts, as well as  local and international media is a proof of our ability to think and work in a global context attracting key players and facing the issues that affect our societies the most.



After the NATO Warsaw Summit

NATO Ministers for Defence at the 2016 Warsaw Summit in PolandYou are cordially invited to attend the Jubilee XXV International Security Conference in Kraków titled: "After NATO Warsaw Summit: A Proper Response for Hard Times?" organised by the Foundation Institute for Strategic Studies in Kraków.

Read more: After the NATO Warsaw Summit

New report on future of Polish-Turkish relations

crescent and eagleThe report, titled "The White Eagle and the White Crescent: Poland and cooperation with Turkey in the European Neighbourhood” is dedicated to Polish foreign policy, the Polish development cooperation and the Polish-Turkish bilateral and multilateral relations. The report was written within the framework of the project titled “V4 and Turkey: Foreign Policy and Development Assistance in EU Neighborhoods”.


The report was researched and written by Adam Balcer, the Eurasia Project Manager at WiseEuropa, a Polish private think tank. He also works as a National Researcher at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) and a lecturer at the Centre of East European Studies (SEW), University of Warsaw.


The project was led by the Charles University in Prague, and was implemented in co-operation with the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association in Bratislava, the Center for European Neighborhood Studies at the Central European University in Budapest and the College of Eastern Europe in Wrocław. It was supported by the International Visegrad Fund.


Read the report online here 

The Fate of Freedom in Eastern Europe

International Conference at the College of Europe Natolin Campus in Warsaw

22-23 September 2016


You are cordially invited to the international conference titled: “The Fate of Freedom in Eastern Europe: Autocracy – Oligarchy – Anarchy?”


The aim of the conference is to ask whether the region between the Baltic and Black Seas, provisionally described as “Eastern Europe”, is historically fated to experience the failure of systems of government founded on liberty; whether the only stable state structures involve autocratic or oligarchic rule; whether dreams of freedom lead either to anarchy or dictatorship. This fate seems to be expressed by narratives about post-Soviet republics, especially in the context of the last Ukrainian revolutions. Many accept such narratives, but others contest them, defending these countries’ right to self-determination. This conference will consider the sources and appeal of such narratives. Are these nations are incapable or capable of maintaining forms of statehood based on liberty?


Leading historians, political scientists, public intellectuals and politicians will gather to consider whether ‘Eastern Europe’, understood for these purposes as the region between Poland and Russia, has from the Middle Ages to the present been historically fated to experience the failure of every form of government based on freedom. Or whether – au contraire – the nations of the region (not just the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, but also including the old kingdoms of Bohemia and Hungary) have for many centuries sustained a rich potential for personal liberty and government by consent.


In this context participants will discuss the relationships between freedom and oligarchy, citizenship, diversity, autocracy, anarchy, sovereignty and democracy. These problems are of crucial importance to European civilization as a whole. Programme in English | Programme in Polish




The conference will be held in English and Polish, with simultaneous translation provided. No fee will be charged for attendance, but as places are limited we ask all interested persons to register in good time by writing to Mrs Anna BANACH at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Visit the conference website for more information.