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The Lion and the Eagle: Czech-American Relations through the Eyes of Envoys

Date: 07.10.2011 10:00 - 13:00 , Venue: Czernin Palace, Prague

Symposium of current and former U.S. Ambassadors to the Czech Republic and Czechoslovakia and Czech and Czechoslovak Ambassadors to the U.S.A.

The ambassadors discussed the past, present and future of Czech-U.S. and transatlantic relations and included also some of their personal memories. They jointly searched for ways how to sustain and reinforce the close mutual relationship between both countries for the future. The symposium was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Upon invitation by Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg, five Czech and five U.S. Ambassadors will participate in the informal discussion (sorted by timeline): William H. Luers (1983–1986), Michael Žantovský (1992–1997), Alexandr Vondra (1997–2001), John Shattuck (1998–2000), Martin Palouš (2001–2005), Craig Robert Stapleton (2001–2003), William J. Cabaniss (2003–2006), Petr Kolář (2005–2010), Norman L. Eisen and Petr Gandalovič (from 2011).

The debate was chaired by Mrs. Wendy W. Luers, the founding President of The Foundation for Civil Society who has been active leader in connecting Americans to the Czech Republic and other Central European and Balkan nations over the past twenty years.


More information and video streaming of the event will be available live and as a recorded broadcast at this website.


Symposium brochure 1 MB pdf (Adobe Acrobat document) Oct 5, 2011

Video archive - Czech-American Relations through the... More information

Wendy W. Luers 28 kB pdf (Adobe Acrobat document) Oct 10, 2011


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