The Transitions to Democracy in Spain and Czechia/Czechoslovakia
- Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
- When: November 18, 2019, 18:30 – 20:30
Debate organised on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Spain. It will address how Spain and the then Czechoslovakia were able to move from dictatorship to democracy in processes globally considered to be successful, how the two countries have evolved since then, and what challenges still lie ahead.
The speakers will be Michael Žantovský and Charles Powell, the Director of the Spanish think tank Real Instituto Elcano, Spain’s leading international relations think-tank, and a Professor of Contemporary History. He was Lecturer in Oxford. He has published six books and dozens of articles on Spanish history, politics and foreign policy, with special emphasis on its European dimension.
The event will be held in English.
Admission is free on the basis of registration until capacity has been met. For registration form go to: https://bit.ly/31vMsA5
Organised in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in Prague andthe Instituto Cervantes, Spanish finger food and wine will follow after the discussion.
DR. CHARLES POWELL CMG
Charles Powell is Director of the Elcano Royal Institute, Spain’s leading international relations think-tank, and a Professor of Contemporary History at CEU San Pablo University. Prior to settling in Spain in 1997, he was Lecturer in History at Corpus Christi College (Oxford), J. A. Pye Fellow at University College (Oxford), and Junior Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College (Oxford). He has published six books and dozens of articles on Spanish history, politics and foreign policy, with special emphasis on its European dimension. Dr. Powell holds a BA in History and Modern Languages from Oxford University, where he also obtained his D. Phil for a thesis on Spain’s transition to democracy, which was supervised pointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) for his services to British-Spanish relations.