Dr. Condoleezza Rice’s speech during the 7th ABSL Conference in Katowice in June revolved around three main subjects. Firstly, she mentioned Poland’s current political state, saying that “no other country sacrificed so much to be a democracy”, but mentioned that there is still a long way to go and it is the responsibility of every citizen to protect the democracy.
Further, Dr. Rice analysed the condition of Europe facing both Brexit and the immigrant problem, concluding that European leaders struggled with convincing their people of the good elements that a common Europe has brought, thus extremism and separatism was born. Finally, she acknowledged the shifts in current political debate brought by social media: in a time of swift information flow, democracies struggle as they work slowly to bring about compromise.
Dictators, meanwhile, move quickly, providing people with answers before the questions are even asked. Dr. Rice also assured the audience that no matter the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections in the US, the country’s engagement in NATO will remain as it is. The annual ABSL conference, which brings together leaders from across the business spectrum, particularly in business services, was this year held under the banner of ‘Transforming ourselves, changing the world’.