Dr. Pavol Demeš celebrates publication of a revised edition of his excellent book “Friend-Partner-Ally” in a book launch sponsored by Ambassador Adam Sterling at the US Embassy in Bratislava on February 6.
A link to the book launch and to the pdf version of the book is attached. Friends of Slovakia sponsored a well-attended talk by Dr. Demeš on US-Slovak relations entitled “Slovakia and the United States: The Ties that Bind” at the Slovak Embassy in Washington onNovember 13.”
On Friday, President Andrej Kiska held a speech at the annual GLOBSEC Bratislava Global Security Forum:
“It’s been only few hours since I came back from NATO summit in Brussels. This one was highly anticipated. Not surprisingly — it was the first summit of head of states and governments with the participation of the new US president. And let’s be honest, in months since the US elections many of us in this room were worried about what to expect. Fortunately, our transatlantic bond is as strong as ever. We stick together, we guard each other’s back. The Alliance remains the backbone of our security. And moreover, we have a new ally on board — Montenegro.
All 28 member states are determined to fulfill their share of responsibility. This is also important for me personally as the president of the Slovak Republic. Some of you may know that I’ve been very vocal about the half-hearted attitude of our authorities towards our NATO commitments. So I was pleased to announce yesterday in Brussels that the government approved Slovak contribution to securing our allies in the Baltics through so-called enhanced forward presence. Moreover, we will join up fighting terrorism efforts of the Alliance by deploying Slovak troops to Iraq.”
President Kiska spoke on three points:
“First: we struggle lately to maintain institutions of the West — be it NATO or the EU — as fellowship of truly democratic countries based on common values.
Second, we allowed the enemies of the free world to get into our heads, to meddle too much in our own affairs.
Third, we let our elections to be deformed into a survival game of our democratic destiny.”
Read the entire speech on Global Security Forum website:
Pavol Demeš, host of the World Here & Now talk show and senior non-resident fellow with the German Marshal Fund of the US, interviewed the US Ambassador to Slovakia Adam Sterling.
Interview main topics include:
► U.S. – Slovak Relations and NATO
► U.S. Steel Kosice
► New U.S. Administration
► Tweeting & Social Media by the U.S. Embassy in Bratislava
► U.S. – Russia Relations
► Trump – Putin Meeting
► U.S. President Trump – NATO Summit in Brussels
► Amb. Sterling’s pastimes
Watch the full 25 minute interview (full screen option):
Click below to read more about Ambassador Sterling, the interview, and World Here & Now:
If you are in the Washington DC area, come see The Teacher (Ucitelka), a dramatic comedy about a middle school teacher that manipulates her student’s parents into doing favors for her in exchange for previews of test questions and good grades for their children.
The Teacher (Ucitelka)
Directed by Jan Hrebejk
(Slovak Republic, 2016, 102 min.)
Read more about it on IMDB.