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FOS Webinar Examines the Slovak State During World War II and the “Jewish Question”

On October 2, 2022, FOS held a webinar on Jozef Tiso’s Leadership of the Slovak State During World War II and the “Jewish Question.” The featured speaker was Madeline Vadkerty, program coordinator at the Holocaust Documentation Center in Bratislava.  J. Luke Ryder, historian at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, moderated the webinar.  Before moving to Bratislava, […]

02

Oct

2022


Third FOS Student Summit Concludes with Discussion of Ukraine War 

Written by Dr. Elizabeth Guran, FOS Board Member The Ukraine War and its impact on democratic societies was the topic of the final Student Summit sponsored by Friends of Slovakia and its partners at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Over 60 students from Matej Bel University, […]

22

Apr

2022


Refugees In Slovakia: The Governmental And Non-Governmental Response

Friends of Slovakia hosted a webinar featuring Jan Orlovsky, Director of the Office of Migration at the Slovak Ministry of Interior, who discussed Slovakia’s response to the humanitarian crisis that resulted from the February 2022 full-scale war in Ukraine. In addition to the government response, there has been a tremendous outpouring of support from nongovernmental […]

05

Apr

2022


Friends of Slovakia Mourns the Passing of Madeleine K. Albright

Friends of Slovakia mourns the passing of former Secretary of State Madeleine Korbelová Albright. Proud immigrant, trailblazing diplomat, distinguished educator, and tireless advocate for democracy and the rule of law. Rest in Peace! Read Madeline Albright’s Obituary published by the Washington Post on March 23, 2022.

24

Mar

2022


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

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.

17

Mar

2022


FOS Ready to Launch Its Third Student Summit

This report was prepared by Dr. Elizabeth Guran, chair of the FOS Committee on Academic Exchanges. 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 […]

11

Mar

2022


Russia Invades Ukraine: Implications for Slovakia

Friends of Slovakia hosted a webinar of leading experts who reviewed the most important political, social, economic, and foreign-policy implications of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine for Slovakia and beyond. 

09

Mar

2022


FOS Statement on the Ukraine Crisis

Friends of Slovakia expresses its full support for the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and for the freedom and democratic aspirations of the Ukrainian people. We strongly condemn Russia’s unjustified military invasion of Ukraine and support current and future actions by the United States, the European Union, and international institutions to hold Russia’s […]

25

Feb

2022


FOS Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Dinner at Slovak Embassy

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 […]

03

Dec

2021


Discussion with Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of Slovakia

The German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group hosted a virtual discussion with Eduard Heger, Prime Minister of the Slovak Republic to discuss Slovakia’s democracy agenda and how his government intends to further its commitments to restore trust in democratic institutions and build deeper transatlantic cooperation and coordination to […]

30

Nov

2021