Czech Republic Events

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The Uncertainty of Freedom and the Freedom of Uncertainty

November 12, 2013 // 11:55am1:00pm
Global Europe Program
The Global Europe Program cordially invites you to attend the 14th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture featuring Ambassador Michael Zantovsky. This lecture is made possible with the support of the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Friends of Slovakia and the American Friends of the Czech Republic.

1989 After 1989: Memory in Transition in Central and Eastern Europe

March 14, 2013 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
The eastern European revolutions of 1989 were a watershed in global history. Despite this, in the two decades since, their meaning has become a source of debate. While they have been promoted as a founding myth for a newly unified Europe, eastern Europeans have repeatedly represented them as a moment of betrayal, martyrdom, liberation, victory, disappointment, loss, colonization, or nostalgia.
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On the Edge of the Cold War: American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Europe

January 23, 2013 // 12:00pm1:30pm
Global Europe Program
Drawing on archival documents and testimonies of high-ranking American diplomats and intelligence officers, "On the Edge of the Cold War" explores the postwar political crisis in former Czechoslovakia from the perspective of the U.S. Embassy under Laurence Steinhardt and of U.S. Intelligence under Charles Katek and Spencer Taggart. The book paints a critical portrait of Ambassador Steinhardt, and shows that his groundless optimism caused Washington to ignore signs that democracy in Czechoslovakia was in trouble.
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Twenty Years of Independence: Reflections on Freedom and Democracy

November 16, 2012 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
This Director's Forum will feature Martin Bútora, Honorary President of the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava and former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States (1999-2003). Ambassador Bútora will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture.
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Czech and Slovak Lecture Series with Petr Pithart

November 17, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Petr Pithart, current vice president of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and former prime minister, will discuss whether the Czech constitution provides a solid base for the nation’s political health

Why There Is (Almost) No Post-Communist Christian Democracy

March 23, 2011 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Compared to their West European cousins, post-communist Christian Democratic parties are notable for their lack of success.
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10th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution

December 09, 2009 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Europe Program
Mirek Topolanek remarked that, at the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the democratic development of the Czech Republic is entering uncharted territory. To date, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been governed democratically for a record 20 years. Although the legend of Tomas Masaryk is often remembered as the golden age of democratic thought, the first and second republics proved to be only an intermediate step to the authoritarian Communist period. "Twenty years is just the ‘half time,'" Topolanek argued, and the next two decades should be spent ensuring that the new generations continue to appreciate the sacrifices their parents made for freedom and democracy.
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Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture--Strengthening US-Slovak Cooperation and the Transatlantic Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges in Today's World

November 21, 2008 // 9:00am10:00am
Global Europe Program
A Director's Forum with His Excellency Jan Kubis, Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic

Book Launch: Prague in Black: Nazi Rule and Czech Nationalism

October 11, 2007 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Global Europe Program
Chad Bryant, Author and Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
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7th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: The Political Economy of Reforms in the Slovak Experience: Do Reformers Have to Lose?

November 13, 2006 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Global Europe Program
Ivan Miklos, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic

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