The Tocqueville Conversations

« Democracy in the West »

Towards a vision for the Twenty-First Century

8-9 June 2018
Aquarelle Tocqueville

le figaro

 atlantic council


The Tocqueville Foundation, Le Figaro and The Atlantic Council are organizing the first edition of the « Tocqueville Conversations », bringing together politicians, intellectuals and civil society actors from both sides of the Atlantic.

Their joint enterprise will bring speakers for a taboo-free discussion at the Tocqueville Château, a symbolic place where the great work of the Normand philosopher of democracy in America was written. Who could be a better “intellectual sponsor” than this visionary, freedom-loving aristocrat who foresaw the inevitable advent of the democratic age, but identified, earlier than most, some of the perils that would weigh on it ?

Our discussion will break down in roundtables.

Program :

First Roundtable – Democracy and populism: crisis of representation or existential challenge to our existing understandings?

Lunch – Conversation  – A Chinese look at western Democracy

Second Roundtable – Democracy and globalization: is inclusive growth possible?

Dinner – Conversation – Democracy in the West: threats and challenges, a vision from America

Dinner – Conversation: Europe in a time of crisis

Third Roundtable – Democracy and religious fundamentalism: what challenges?

Lunch – Conversation – A Russian look at western Democracy

Fourth Roundtable – Democracy and the digital revolution.


Speakers :

BELLAMY François-Xavier, BOCK-COTE Mathieu, BOHLEN Célestine, BREZET Alexis, CARPENTER Scott, CAZENEUVE Bernard, COATS Dan, EL KAROUI Hakim, EVANS Thomas, FISCHER Pavel, GAYMARD Clara, GEDMIN Jeffrey, GOODHART David, HADDAD Benjamin, HAMID Shadi, KEPEL Gilles, KHODORKOVSKY Mikhaïl, KOTKIN Joël, LI Hongtu, MANDEVILLE Laure, MANENT Pierre, MARTIN Claude, MITCHELL Josh, OLIVENNES Denis, PALACIO Ana, ROGER Way, ROMANET (de) Augustin, SOREL-SUTTER Malika, VEDRINE Hubert, WILSON Damon.