Do we risk a new Cold War?
- Where: Vaclav Havel Library, Řetězová 7, Prague
- When: June 11, 2014, 19:00 – 21:00
Talks in English – Petr Kolář and Václav Havel
The third in a short series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Petr Kolář has held a number of positions in the Czech Foreign Service, including Head of Department, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, advisor to President Václav Havel for European integration and the Balkans, and Ambassador to Sweden (1996–1998), Ireland (1999–2003), the US (2005–2010) and the Russian Federation (2010–2012). With this broad experience, he will talk about recent developments in international relations, including the risk of a new “Cold War”.
Chaired by writer and journalist David Vaughan.
Petr Kolar held a number of positions in the Czech Foreign Service, including Head of Department, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for bilateral relations, advisor to the President Vaclav Havel for European integration and the Balkan, and Ambassador to Sweden (1996-1998), Ireland (1999-2003), the US (2005-2010) and the Russian Federation (2010-2012). In 2013 he served as Director of Forreign Affairs for the PPF Group, where he primarily focused on Asia. Currently, he works in international law firm Squire Sanders, where he focuses his practice on commercial diplomacy and global government relations. Petr provides clients with analytic and diplomatic expertise, representing them before the legislative and executive branches of government.
David Vaughan is a broadcaster, journalist and university lecturer. He is author of the book “Battle for the Airwaves” on the role of the media in the run-up to WWII. For eight years he was editor-in-chief of Radio Prague, the international service of Czech Radio, and prior to that he was the Prague correspondent of the BBC. He has won national and international awards for his radio work. His documentary novel “Slyšte můj hlas” (Hear My Voice) was serialized by Czech Radio in 2013 and is to be published this year.
Admission free; no reservation required