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International New York Times Athens Democracy Forum: an event endorsed by UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Start Date: 
Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 09:00
End Date: 
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 18:00
Description of Event: 
Coinciding with UN International Democracy Day, the Athens Democracy Forum will convene diplomats, scholars, corporate executives, politicians, government ministers, experts and journalists from around the world. Together, at the ancient Agora - the birthplace of democracy - we will explore the state of liberal democracies and the major challenges they face in the world today.
The Athens Democracy Forum is proud to have the endorsement of UN Secretary General BAN Ki-moon. Click here to view his letter of support, or view it at
Key Themes
  • Democracy & the Challenge of Money: Are the rich are getting richer and taking control of politics?
  • Democracy & the Challenge of Islam: Is terrorism inherent in Islam?
  • Democracy & the Challenge of China: Is Western liberal democracy the only way?
  • Democracy & the Challenge of Charlie Hebdo: Are there limits to freedom of expression?
  • Democracy & the Cyber Challenge: Limitless knowledge or existential threat?
  • Democracy & the Challenge of Smugness: Has the West become too complacent? 
Expect to hear from hear from a world-class roster of speakers and thought-leaders, including:
  • Paul Krugman: Op-Ed Columnist, The New York Times
  • Roger Cohen: Columnist, The New York Times 
  • Sir Richard Dearlove KCMG, OBE: Former Intelligence Officer, British Secret Intelligence Service
  • Paula Dobriansky: Former US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs 
  • Kishore Mahbubani: Dean & Professor, National University of Singapore
  • Valerie Plame: Writer, Member of the Global Zero Leadership Board & Former CIA Operative
An all-encompassing experience
To round out your Athens Democracy Forum experience, delegates are invited to participate in our selection of affiliated events, which includes: 
  • A panel discussion featuring the Prime Minister of Greece and New York Times columnist Roger Cohen 
  • A lecture on democracy, presented by the American School of Classical Studies
  • An international student debating competition at the Old Athenian Parliament Building
  • The Athens Democracy Awards
  • A music concert at Herod Atticus Theatre, at the foot of the Acropolis
  • Guided tours of The Ancient Agora, led by leading archaeologists
  • A private audience with International New York Times political cartoonist, Patrick Chappatte
  • City tours of Athens