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Dec 02

Losing Friends in Central and Eastern Europe

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Despite the close ties that the United States and Central and Eastern Europe have maintained following the Cold War, relations have started to wane. When President Obama phoned the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic in the middle of the night, informing him that he was scrapping his predecessor’s missile defense plan, many felt betrayed. Though unpopular with the general public, Czech parliamentarians supported the placement of an X-band radar in their country. When Obama wantonly cancelled these plans, Czechs wondered why the United States was turning its back on its allies. Unfortunately, this is just one of many blunders the administration has committed with regards to Central and Eastern Europe. Today, Central and Eastern European public opinion toward the U.S. is at the lowest it has ever been. Poland’s approval rating of the Obama Administration is the lowest in the EU and many of Warsaw’s neighbors have similarly negative opinions. Join us as our distinguished panel of experts analyzes these trends and what can be done to remedy U.S. relations with Central and Eastern Europe.

More About the Speakers

Ariel Cohen, Ph.D
Senior Research Fellow, The Heritage Foundation .

Helle C. Dale
Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy, The Heritage Foundation

Zsolt Nyiri
Director, Transatlantic Trends, German Marshall Fund Ambassador

Ambassador Kurt Volker
Senior Fellow and Managing Director, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

Sally McNamara
Senior Policy Analyst in European Affairs, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation (Moderator)