KRAKÓW, September 10-11, 2023

The XXXI edition of the International Krakow Security Conference titled: “Euro-Atlantic Forum on Democracy and Security: Freedom Our and Yours” will focus on the security issues and changes that are taking place in democracies in Europe and the world. Speakers from Europe and United States will try to describe and analyze contemporary systems with a high degree of interdependence and the clash of different perspectives of international relations theory on the most current events.

The event will be a two-day forum divided into 12 panel discussions devoted to the issues of the rise of authoritarian tendencies in Europe and in the world, as well as changes in the perception of liberal values, the foundations of liberal democracy and liberal constitutionalism.

One of the most important issues discussed at the event will be the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has set in motion a transformation of the international structure that is unprecedented in modern Europe – a clash between democracy and authoritarianism. Russia’s aggression poses a direct threat not only to the countries of the eastern flank, but also to the international order built around NATO.

The lecture language of the conference will be English. The speeches will be simultaneously translated into Polish. The speakers’ speeches will be made available via social media, and after the event – also in the form of recordings. An online publication will also be released at a later date, summarizing the results of the event and the contributions and discussions.

The outline of the agenda:

Day 1: Securing Democracy

  1. Combating polarization
  2. Populism and the quest for dignity
  3. Evolving media landscapes: social media and non-democratic tendencies
  4. Young political leadership in an era of disruption
  5. Securing institutional checks and balances
  6. Fostering mutual tolerance and institutional forbearance

Day 2: Democratizing Security

  1. Authoritarian challenge to democracies and sharp power
  2. Perspectives for Ukraine
  3. Defending rule-based order against neo-imperialism
  4. Shifting the balance of the global hydrocarbon political economy
  5. Economic statecraft and its limits
  6. Great power rivalry in complex interdependence