For Central Europe, the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989 marked the beginning of an ongoing journey to full-fledged Euro-Atlantic integration. Although the transition from dictatorship to democracy, from a centrally planned economy to market economy, and the return to a pro-Western approach in foreign policy are considered by most observers a success story, the transition did not solve the region’s problems all at once. There is an increasing feeling in the capitals of Central Europe that these countries are now considered to be “check-check-done,” somehow forgotten from a strategic aspect. However, Central Europe is as important to the Atlantic Alliance as Washington is to these countries, through security policy, energy policy and democratic governance. Many lessons can be learned from the countries of Central Europe, and there are important aspects of cooperation here for any American administration that seeks reliable Atlanticist democracies willing to offer their experience of transitioning from tyranny to liberty.
Join us as Dr. Tibor Navracsics examines Central European cooperation and why the region is of utmost importance in different spheres such as Atlanticism, European perspectives, and foreign policy.
Dr. Tibor Navracsics served as the Head of the Communication and Information Department for the Prime Minister’s Office from 1998 to 2002. From 2006 to 2010 he was elected MP for Veszprém from the county list, served as head of the parliamentary group of Fidesz – Hungarian Civic Union, and was a member of the Committee for Constitutional and Judicial Affairs. In 2010, he was elected MP for Veszprém’s individual constituency, and became Deputy Prime Minister as well as Minister of Public Administration and Justice. He holds a Ph.D. in political science and is well-placed to speak about Central Europe’s importance in world affairs today.
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Tibor Navracsics, Ph.D.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Administration and Justice, Hungary
Lee Edwards, Ph.D.
Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought, B. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and Politics