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30 Years of Slovak Foreign Policy


In partnership with the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Washington, D.C., and the Slovak American Society of Washington, D.C. (SASW), Friends of Slovakia hosted the first event in Slovakia@30 Series – a conversation on “30 Years of Slovak Foreign Policy” with Radovan Javorčík, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States.

At the time of the peaceful split of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993, Slovakia was little more than three years into its post-communist transition. The young country faced immense challenges in establishing an independent foreign policy, consolidating democratic institutions, and creating a market economy and a vibrant nongovernmental sector. What can we say now, from the vantage point of 2023, about how well Slovakia has met these challenges? What have been the country’s greatest successes? Its greatest failures? And how well prepared is contemporary Slovakia for the challenges of the present and the near future?

Watch the event recording here.


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