Euro-Atlantic Relations: The Czech Perspective

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Date(s) - 04/09/18
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

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Chicago Council on Global Affairs

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Euro-Atlantic Relations: The Czech Perspective

Michael Žantovský, Vice President, Aspen Institute Central Europe; Executive Director, Václav Havel Library

Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Sitting in the center of Europe, the Czech Republic has long been a crossroads for the region. With a history of over 40 years of communist rule in the country, Václav Havel embraced democracy and changed the trajectory of the country’s politics by aligning it with the West, becoming a staunch US ally and member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and European Union. Yet in recent years, the country has not been immune from populism and growing influence from Russia in the country. Will the Czech Republic continue its embrace of traditional Euro-Atlantic institutions or will Russia’s power be projected more acutely in the country?

 

Michael Žantovský

Vice President, Aspen Institute Central Europe; Executive Director, Václav Havel Library

Michael Žantovský is executive director of the Václav Havel Library and a diplomat, politician, writer, and translator. He is the former president of the Aspen Institute Prague, a member of the Forum 2000 Foundation Program Council, former chairman of the Civic Democratic Alliance and a one-time senator of the Civic Democratic Alliance in the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He has served as ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom, the United States and the State of Israel. He was also the spokesman of President Václav Havel and political director at the Office of the President of the Czech Republic. He is a graduate of Charles University in Prague and of McGill University in Canada.

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