Trends in Central Europe: Addressing Illiberal Democracy
- Ambassador Jakub Wiśniewski, Vice President, GLOBSEC; Director, GLOBSEC Policy Institute
- Ambassador Rastislav Káčer, Chairman, GLOBSEC Bratislava
- Jonathan D. Katz, Senior Fellow, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Thirty years after the end of the Cold War, nations in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) are still looking to make their mark on Europe, the transatlantic community, and the global stage. As illiberal democracy increasingly challenges the region's progress and pro-democratic forces push back against these trends, including the recent decision by the European Parliament to punish Hungary’s Victor Orban, the direction of these important U.S. allies is being called into question. On top of internal challenges in CEE nations, continued Russian interference and disinformation exacerbates instability, thereby adding fuel to internal disputes, sowing societal divisions, and weakening independent media and civil society. The role of the United States and level of engagement and support to address democratic backsliding in CEE is cloudy, leaving a leadership gap that Washington has traditionally filled. With a less focused Washington and the EU mired in internal challenges, civil society, opinion and policymakers, and citizens across the CEE will be at the forefront addressing democratic backsliding and domestic issues. They will also determine the path of their nations and roles they will play as members of the EU and transatlantic community.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) is pleased to invite you to a roundtable discussion with GLOBSEC President Robert Vass, Ambassador Jakub Wiśniewski, and Ambassador Rastislav Káčer on the latest trends in Central Europe, including trends in public perception, media literacy, and the needs in civil society to counter disinformation, and Euroskepticism. They will also discuss GLOBSEC’s recent assessment of the state of civil society organizations in Central Europe.
If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Fowler at +1 202 683 2605 or [email protected].