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The 2023 Annual Freedom Lecture: Free And Fair Elections In The New Democracy Age

The Friends of Slovakia, together with The Embassy of the Slovak Republic to the United States, The Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, The American Friends of the Czech Republic, The Embassy of the Czech Republic to the United States, and The Transatlantic Democracy Working Group organized the […]




2023 Election Watch Party

The Slovak Embassy and Friends of Slovakia co-hosted an invitation-only Election Watch Party on September 30, 2023, to analyze the important parliamentary election in Slovakia that was held on the same day. Experts from both Slovakia and the US, including political analysts, election monitors, and mock election organizers, provided their insights into the election results.




Friends of Slovakia Co-Hosts the Inaugural SlovakPRO Summit in New York!

Friends of Slovakia co-hosted the inaugural SlovakPro Summit in New York City on September 19, 2023. This historic event brought together a group of accomplished Slovaks from business, science, academia, arts, and technology. The summit was organized under the patronage of Slovak President Zuzana Čaputová by SlovakPRO in collaboration with the Consulate General of the […]






Register by April 15th for the Economic Summit at NCSML: Building Transatlantic Partnerships

Join Friends of Slovakia (FOS) at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a momentous Economic Summit on Thursday and Friday, May 2-3, 2024. This unique forum, co-organized by the FOS, will bring together delegations from the USA, Czech Republic, and Slovakia to discuss the consequences of modern […]




Grigorij Mesežnikov Appointed to FOS Board of Directors: Strengthening Leadership

We are thrilled to welcome Grigorij “Grisha” Mesežnikov, who was elected as a new member of the FOS Board at the 2024 FOS Annual Board Meeting on February 23rd. As the President of the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) in Bratislava, Slovakia, and a prominent political scientist, Grisha brings unparalleled expertise in understanding political systems […]




The United States Library of Congress Selects FOS Website For Inclusion In the Voices: Eastern & Central European Americans Web Archive

We are thrilled to announce that The Friends of Slovakia website has been chosen by the United States Library of Congress for inclusion in the prestigious Voices: Eastern & Central European Americans Web Archive. This selection is a testament to the historical and cultural significance of our platform, and we are honored to be recognized […]




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FOS Ready to Launch Its Third Student Summit on Challenges of Democracy

By Thomas W. Skladony

The Friends of Slovakia (FOS) International Student Summits are off and running! Two successful virtual summits were held in 2021 and a third summit will occur in April 2022. All three events address the theme, “Challenges of Democracy.” The students, faculty, and expert guest speakers from past summits have all participated virtually due to covid-19 restrictions and will continue to do so for the third Student Summit.

FOS Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Dinner at Slovak Embassy

By Thomas W. Skladony

Current and former directors of Friends of Slovakia, along with spouses and special guests, celebrated the 20th anniversary of FOS on November 17, 2021, at a dinner at the Slovak Embassy in Washington, D.C. hosted by Ambassador Radovan Javorčík. Earlier in the day, Beata Balogová, editor-in-chief of the Slovak daily SME, delivered the 2021 Czech […]

Ivan Korčok Named Slovak Foreign Minister

By Thomas W. Skladony

Ivan Korčok, recently the Slovak Ambassador to the U.S., has been appointed Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic in the cabinet of the new Slovak government led by Prime Minister Igor Matovič. The February 29 parliamentary elections saw the rise of Matovič’s OLaNO party, which was able to form a new governing coalition with three other parties. In the course of selecting positions in the cabinet, the SAS party headed by Richard Sulík, chose Amb. Korčok as Foreign Minister, even though he is not a member of SAS. He will serve as an independent member of the cabinet.