The mission of the Institute is to cultivate the Czech political and public sphere through professional and open discussion. We aim to create a living platform which defines problems, analyzes them, and offers recipes for their solution in the form of cooperation with experts, politicians, international conferences, seminars, public discussions, and political and social analysis available to the whole of Czech society. We believe that open discussion with experts and the recognition of the causes of problems is a necessary presumption for any successful solution to the political and social problems facing society today.
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Fighting Climate Change: Activism or Extremism?
As the climate crisis worsens, activist groups such as Last Generation and Extinction Rebellion have organised large-scale protests to push governments and individuals into actions. However, while these groups may have good intentions, some of their activism might have crossed into extremism. Their protests received harsh criticism from politicians, journalists, and society, possibly even alienating many potential supporters.
Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships
The document reflects the international conference Multiple Challenges for Transatlantic Partnerships, which discussed the partnership from economic, political and security perspectives. The conference was attended by European Parliament Vice-President Dita Charanzová, ALDE Vice-President and Ukrainian MP Kira Rudyk, Nobel Prize winner Oleksandra Matviichuk and other prominent speakers.
Sportwashing in the Gulf
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar has highlighted the phenomenon of sportswashing and the problems that are associated with it. Upon winning the bid to host the competition in 2010, there have been continual critiques of the country’s human rights records, treatment of journalists, and the persecution of homosexuality. It has shown that more must be done to stop sportswashing in the future.
FIFA and other international sporting organisations are operating without any oversight or regulations, allowing them to centralise power with a small number of people. Governments must pressure these organisations to not allow this form of soft power projection from states looking to cover up their human rights abuses.