The Future of Democracy: Strengthening Liberal Values, Institutions and Procedures at Global, European, Regional and National Levels

The Future of Democracy: Strengthening Liberal Values, Institutions and Procedures at Global, European, Regional and National Levels

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The publication by the Hungarian Europe Society entitled "The Future of Democracy: Strengthening Liberal Values, Institutions and Procedures at Global, European, Regional and National Levels" has been issued in June 2022. 

Responsible for the publication: István Hegedűs, Chairman
Editors: István Hegedűs, Erik Uszkiewicz
Graphics: Réka Elekes

Manuscript completed on 1 June 2022 All rights reserved. ©Authors. ©Editors.

ISBN 978-615-01-4521-1

Published by Magyarországi Európa Társaság - Hungarian Europe Society H-1052 Budapest, Gerlóczy utca 11.

The "The Future of Democracy - Strengthening Liberal Values, Institutions and Procedures at Global, European, Regional and National Levels" project and publication was supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

 

CONTENT

ERIK USZKIEWICZ – INTRODUCTION 5

THE EUROPEAN UNION: FAST FORWARD OR A NEW SCLEROSIS? - 8

JACQUES RUPNIK – THE EAST-WEST DIVIDE REVISITED IN WARTIME - 9

WOJCIECH PRZYBYLSKI – INSTEAD OF DIVIDED EUROPE, A BROKEN V4 - 13
Conference on multiple futures - 16
Does Central Europe offer alternative ideas on the EU’s future? - 17
Central Europe north-south fracture - 18

CORINA STRATULAT  THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE: LESSONS AND BEST PRACTICES FOR THE FUTURE 21
A major pan-European exercise - 22
A steep learning curve - 23
A stepping stone to EU governance reform - 27

RICHARD YOUNGS – EU DEMOCRACY AFTER THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE 29
Citizens’ Chance - 29
Step-Change Still Needed - 31
Bolder Innovation - 32
Conclusion - 35

A NEW ERA FOR THE GLOBAL CO-OPERATION OF DEMOCRACIES? 36

JAMIE SHEA – ALLIANCE SECURITY AFTER FEBRUARY 24: WHERE DO WE NEED TO GO NOW? 37
Bolstering NATO - 39
Supporting Ukraine - 42
Isolating and weakening the Putin regime - 44
Enhancing Western strategic autonomy - 48
Conclusion - 50

IMANTS LIEĢIS – DEALING WITH ASSAULTS ON DEMOCRACY WITHIN THE DYNAMICS OF RELATIONS BETWEEN THE EU, USA, RUSSIA AND CHINA 51
Transatlantic dynamics (EU + USA) - 51
EU-US dynamics with China - 53
Russia – China dynamic - 54
Dealing with these assaults on Democracy - 55

MARIA DOMAŃSKA – HANDLING THE UNTHINKABLE. LESSONS TO LEARN FROM UKRAINE INVASION 57
The fallacy of ‘divisible security’ - 57
Russia’s strategic goals - 59
Russia’s strategic culture: why the West got it so wrong - 60
If you want peace, prepare for war - 62
Conclusion - 68

NADIIA KOVAL – GEOPOLITICAL CONSEQUENCES OF THE RUSSO-UKRAINIAN WAR FOR THE LIBERAL WORLD ORDER - 70

RETHINKING THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF POPULIST ILLIBERALISM 76

HELENA ROSENBLATT – THE HISTORY OF “ILLIBERALISM” OF THE RIGHT AND LEFT 77

AUKSĖ BALČYTIENĖ – CULTURE, MORAL BURDENS, AND OTHER BARRIERS TO CONVERSATION IN EUROPE - 81
Introduction - 81
Dire outcomes brought by the long swings of globalization - 82
The enduring misfortunes of East Central Europe - 85
Synthesis - 87

ANNA VISVIZI – ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI) AND ITS DIMENSIONS: POLITICS, ECONOMICS, GLOBAL AFFAIRS 91
Introduction - 91
AI and the technology underpinning it - 92
AI and politics - 93
AI and the military - 94
AI and the economy: prospects and caveats - 95
By means of conclusion: AI and global affairs - 96

ISTVÁN HEGEDŰS – WHAT IS THE SITUATION IN HUNGARY A FEW DAYS BEFORE THE ELECTIONS AND WHAT CAN BE EXPECTED? 99
Hungary and the war in Ukraine - 99
Orbán and the world - 101
The chances of the opposition - 102

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