8th Annual Symi Symposium

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10-16 July 2005

The 8th Annual Symi Symposium took place July 10-16, near the beautiful town of Rethymno in Western Crete.

The principle theme was ‘New Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century’. Participants explored issues such as the democratic deficit in western countries; the role of technology in helping (or hindering) democracy; globalisation and its challenges to democratic institutions; views on democracy outside the West; the impact of terrorism on democracy; and how the relationship between religion and politics is being redefined.