Nexus Conference 2017 -

18 November 2017
9.30 – 16.00
National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

The Last Revolution

The Jasmine Revolution, the Egyptian Revolution, Euromaidan: it is hard to imagine now, exactly one hundred years after the fact, that the Russian Revolution promised to be the last revolution. Despite the Bolshevik’s optimism and dreams of equality, the Russian Revolution, like other revolts, brought about a terrifying destruction of liberty, values and truth.

Revolutions continued to occur, and questions about the destiny of humankind and society remain unanswered. Why do revolutions happen? What are the powers that liberate, and what are the powers that oppress? What can we learn from the fact that the French Revolution ended in terror and the Russian Revolution degenerated into totalitarianism, while the American Revolution was successful?

On Saturday 18 November, the Nexus Institute brought together writers, thinkers, diplomats, politicians and activists from around the world to address these questions and look for answers, ideas and arguments. Which movements will bring freedom in the twenty-first century? Who will oppose power and rise against it? Where will they find strength and inspiration? And what will be the true last revolution?


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Journal Nexus

Nexus 77

De laatste revolutie

De laatste revolutie

Dutch publication with contributions from the speakers at the Nexus Conference 2017, such as a.o. Bernard-Henri Lévy, Antony Blinken, Aleksandr Dugin, Aileen Kelly, Nelofer Pazira, Zhang Weiwei and Michael Žantovský


Algeria, 1948

Bernard-Henri Lévy

French philosopher and one of the most esteemed and bestselling writers in Europe
Antony Blinken

United States, 1962

Antony Blinken

American diplomat and former Security Advisor
Aleksandr Dugin

Russia, 1962

Aleksandr Dugin

political philosopher
Foto William Fallon

United States, 1944

William Fallon

American four-star admiral

Tunisia, 1941

Sheikh Rached Ghannouchi

Tunisian statesman and political philosopher

United Kingdom

Aileen Kelly

expert on Russian intellectual history

Bulgaria, 1965

Ivan Krastev

political scientist

Libya, 1952

Moisés Naím

Venezuelan statesman and political philosopher

India, 1973

Nelofer Pazira

filmmaker and writer
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USA, 1952

Leon Wieseltier

Jewish-American public intellectual and editor of Liberties

Czech Republic, 1949

Michael Žantovský

diplomat, politician, writer and spokesman of Václav Havel

China, 1957

Zhang Weiwei

Chinese international relations expert


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