The University of Iowa

Slovakia’s Post-Communist Journey in a Shifting Europe

November 5th, 2014

Pavol Demeš, a Slovak expert on international relations and civil society, will speak on Slovak contemporary foreign policy at a free public talk Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. in 1117 University Capitol Centre.

November 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Since that time, Slovakia has worked hard to overcome the communist legacy and become a modern state and part of the Euro-Atlantic democratic family. Now crises in Central Europe, such as Vladimir Putin’s efforts to rebuild Russia’s military and increase his influence in former Soviet bloc nations and the nationalism of Prime Minister Orban in Hungary, make for a very unsettled Central Europe that could challenge the stability of democracy in Slovakia.

Demeš is a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., external advisor to the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and board member of the European Endowment for Democracy.

This event, part of the European Studies Group (ESG) Lecture Series is co-sponsored by ESG, UI International Programs, and the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library. For more information, contact

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Luis Martin-Estudillo in advance at 319-335-2229.