7 November 2023 - 16.45-18.30  / Room 10 Palais de l'Europe

Interpretation FR/EN

In the aftermath of the First World War, a promise was made by the international community, that it will establish a new order among the nations, based on legally binding rules.

The same promise was reiterated and reinforced after the Second World war, when preservation of peace was firmly linked to protection of human rights. In the meantime, many societies have received a significant assistance in order to recover from the horrors of the previous wars. However, it often seems that the large promises made when the guns turned silent are hardly ever fulfilled. Why is this the case? What can we learn from the international community’s failure to rebuild the torn societies, restore them on the path to prosperity and solve the underlying issues which caused the conflict in the first place? How responsible is the international community for the worst crimes against humanity, which took place after the Second World War? Why do some international community sponsored peace talks and negotiations succeed, while others do not?

Forum Talk 7: International Community and Democratic Insecurity

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Palais de l'Europe, room 10 7 November 2023 (16.45-18.30)
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Interview with Bruce Bueno DE MESQUITA Political scientist, professor at New York University

TAYLOR Alex 2023


European journalist

Alex Taylor is a European journalist. He has produced and presented TV and radio programmes for 30 years, mainly on French TV and radio (France Télévisions, France Inter), but also for international broadcasters (Euronews, TV5 Monde, ARTE, BBC). He was Programme Director for Radio France Internationale in charge of implementing the current 24 hours news format. Parallel to journalism, he has hosted some 1 500 international conferences on a wide variety of topics, especially environmental issues. He has also written a best seller on his passion, languages, of which he speaks (more or less) 7. He also once worked as a camel trainer in a circus.



Co-founder and senior associate of the Democratization Policy Council


Kurt Bassuener is co-founder and senior associate of the Democratization Policy Council, a Berlin-based think-tank established in 2005. His received his PhD in 2021 from the University of St. Andrews’ Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence for his dissertation titled: “Peace Cartels: Internationally Brokered Power-Sharing and Perpetual Oligarchy in Bosnia and Herzegovina and North Macedonia.” He resides in Sarajevo, where he serves as a regional strategic advisor for Kvinna Till Kvinna. He is also co-author and research director for the Diplomat’s Handbook for Democracy Development Support, a project of the Community of Democracies.



Political scientist, professor at New York University, and senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution




Member of the Advisory Board of the Kulin Initiative

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dr. Jasmin Mujanović is a Political Scientist (Ph.D., York University) specializing in the politics of post-authoritarian and post-conflict democratization. He is the author of two books, Hunger and Fury: The Crisis of Democracy in the Balkans (Hurst Publishers & Oxford University Press, 2018), and The Bosniaks: Nationhood After Genocide, forthcoming from Hurst Publishers in December 2023. Originally from Sarajevo, he is currently an Advisory Board member of the Kulin Initiative and the Nationhood Lab at the Pell Center at Salve Regina University. 

WIKE Richard 2023

Richard WIKE

Pew Research Center, Director of Global Attitudes Research


Richard Wike is director of global attitudes research at Pew Research Center in Washington, DC, where he conducts research and writes about international public opinion on a variety of topics, such as democracy, international cooperation, and attitudes toward the United States and China. He is an author of numerous Pew Research Center reports and has written pieces for The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Financial Times, the Guardian, Politico, Journal of Democracy, and other publications.



Youth delegate


Ahlam Saeed is a Jordanian/Palestinian Youth Representative, Human rights advocate and a recent awardee of Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship in Social Policy MA in Hungary. For Ahlam, democracy takes on a deeply personal and aspirational meaning for a young Muslim woman of Palestinian refugee descent who is passionate about human rights. It becomes a vehicle for her to navigate, challenge, and contribute to the societal landscape in pursuit of justice, equity, and the realization of fundamental human rights. Democracy provides a platform for my voice to be heard and concerns to be represented. It offers a mechanism for us to actively engage in decision-making processes that impact our life and the lives of our community represents hope for positive change