FOS Events & News
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.
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, 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.
As the world’s economies seek economic growth and jobs, emphasis is increasingly placed on the key role played by innovation. A recent Washington Post op-ed by Fareed Zakaria noted, “Innovation is partly about entrepreneurship but also about technology.” And there are some, such as billionaire Peter Thiel, who argue that, despite the hype, we don’t […]
At the Newsletter’s request, Ambassador Tod Sedgwick has contributed the following update on Slovak developments and U.S.-Slovak cooperation: Slovakia’s role as a security provider has climbed steeply in the past year given the dramatic events in Ukraine. Slovakia is playing a pivotal role in annually providing up to 14.6 billion cubic meters of natural gas […]
The Friends of Slovakia and Ambassador Peter Kmec co-hosted a reception and book launch on November 15th for Pavol Demes’ latest book, which explores Slovak-American relations. The event was attended by a large audience, including many members of Friends of Slovakia and Wendy Luers, who played a significant role in strengthening Slovak civil society. Ambassador […]
By Monika Izáková, IEIA 2012, President TFAS Slovakia, and the 2012 FOS Scholar I’ve always wanted to know and see as much as possible as well as experience and discover how things work in practice. Thanks to successful studies and several internships in government, I did pretty well in achieving this dream of mine. However, […]
On February 11, 2005, a significant forum on visa issues in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) was organized on Capitol Hill by the East Europe Project at CSIS, together with Friends of Slovakia (FOS) and American Friends of the Czech Republic (AFoCR). The meeting aimed to address the impact of current U.S. visa regulations on political and public relations with the CEE countries. Forum panelists and experts shed light on the legal intricacies of the visa issue and its implications for U.S.-CEE relations, urging for a reconsideration of the status quo.
- Slovakia, Ukraine strike grain exports deal: Slovak ministryby AFP on September 21, 2023 at 4:57 pm
Slovakia and Ukraine have struck a deal on a new grain trading system that should see Slovakia’s […]
- Breaches in Mirwah Canal damage standing crops over 25,000 acres of landby Staff Report on September 21, 2023 at 4:57 pm
BADIN: Breach in Mirwah Canal at five different points near Seerani Town roundabout on Tuesday […]
- Ukraine is Suing Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia (My Home Country) — My Thoughtsby Jakub Ferencik on September 21, 2023 at 4:57 pm
It is no secret that Poland and Slovakia have been adamant allies of Ukraine. State […]
- Ukraine looking to sue Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia over their bans on food importson September 21, 2023 at 4:57 pm
Ukraine wants to file a complaint with the World Trade Organisation against Poland, Hungary, and […]
- Euro zone Aug inflation revised slightly downon September 21, 2023 at 4:57 pm
BRUSSELS, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Euro zone consumer inflation in August was slightly lower than […]
- Euro zone August inflation revised slightly loweron September 21, 2023 at 4:57 pm
Euro zone consumer inflation in August was slightly lower than initially estimated, the European […]