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9th International Symposium: Responsibility in Leaderless World


  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs Černínský palác, Loretánské nám. 101/5, 118 00 Praha 1-Hradčany Prague Czech Republic (map)

The International Symposium "Czech Foreign Policy" is a conference focusing on different aspects of the Czech foreign policy from the point of view of different fields of research. It strives to bring together specialists, politicians, academicians, the public and the media to enable a broad exchange of ideas and experience. The intellectual interaction of academics and politicians is one of the core benefits of the event, which has, throughout the years, gained the respect of both the research community and other groups of interest. The Symposium as such is an evolving event that is open to new ideas, welcoming bright minds from around the world, although its main focus is on the Czech foreign policy and its neighbourhood. 

The theme of this year's symposium is "Responsibility in a Leaderless World." Its aim is to critically scrutinise the question: what does leadership mean in the ever more individualist and atomist and globalised world? Is the perceived lack of leadership but a false sentiment of the bygone eras? What are the pros and cons of strong leaders in an era of plural and open democratic systems? Has the notion of leadership changed over the past 30 years? Does the fact that we perceive the lack of leadership signify a more profound social changes, in other words - are we headed towards "leaderless" nature of politics? What is the relationship between leadership and foreign policy under the surrounding conditions?

Go Think Initiative's panel is titled: "Post-factual leaders and the Media"

How does the media affect people's perceptions of politics and politicians?  Are facts and truth still important in an arena of populism?  Can the context of today's relations between the leaders and the people be considered "post-factual"?  Is it simply accepted or do we consider the truth less important than context and implications?

Info and registration: http://bit.ly/2wbA4ur
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Wednesday, October 4th

  • 9:30 – 9:45 Symposium opening
  • 9:45 – 10:15 Opening Address and Discussion
  • 10:15 – 11:30 Germany after the elections/Czech Republic at the doorstep of the elections: Framework for future relationship
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 – 13:15 Break out sessions:
  • 13:15 – 14:30 Buffet Lunch
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Plenary Session: Thinking Against the Present
    • It is a mantra of our time that the world is changing. But what alternatives to the ordering of global politics can be imagined without succumbing to availability bias and the limits imposed by our anchoring in time and space, and how possible are they? This panel will seek to provide a structured overview of some alternatives to the present that are based on scenarios of possible future transformations of the liberal order created as part of a scenario-building project carried out at the Institute of International Relations. In cooperation with the Deutsch Security Circle, Charles University and the Global Arena Research Initiative 
  • 15:30 – 15:45 Break
  • 15:45 – 18:00 Joint Workshop: Creative Global Futures
  • 19:30 Symposium Dinner (special invitation only)

Thursday, October 5th

  • 9:30 – 11:00 Responsibility in a Leaderless World
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Break
  • 11:30 – 13:00 Key Note Address and Discussion
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Political Context of the Czech Foreign Policy: three decades of vanity?
  • 16:00 – 16:15 Symposium Closing