KEYNOTE was established at the beginning of 2007, following the long and successful cooperation of its three founding partners – Oldřich Černý, Jiří Schneider, and Jakub Klepal – in organizing a number of high-level gatherings, like the Forum 2000 Conference series, Prague Security Studies Institute annual conferences, and other events. The decision to found KEYNOTE came in response to growing demand for assistance in promoting informed debate and organizing events that reached beyond the scope of Forum 2000 and the Prague Security Studies Institute.