FORA.tv Speaker - Alexandr Vondra
Alexandr Vondra was appointed the Czech Republic's deputy prime minister for European affairs in January 2007. Previously, he served as foreign minister of the Czech Republic. From the mid-1980s, he participated in the activities of former Czechoslovakia's democratic opposition.
In 1989, he became spokesperson for Charter 77 and from 1990-92, Ambassador Vondra served as foreign policy advisor to President Vaclav Havel.
From August 1992 to March 1997, he served as first deputy minister of foreign affairs of the Czech Republic. In 1994, he managed the Czech team responsible for the implementation of the Czech Republicâ€™s Partnership for Peace Program, and in 1996, he built and headed the Czech team for pre-accession talks with NATO. From March 1997 to July 2001, he served as the Czech Ambassador to the U.S. During his tenure, he oversaw the process of the Czech Republicâ€™s integration into NATO.
From January to July 2003, Ambassador Vondra served as the deputy minister of foreign affairs. In this capacity, he was responsible for the Czech participation in the solution of the Iraq crisis. In 2003-2004, he was a transatlantic fellow with the German Marshall Fund of the United States, writing a book on recent history of Central and Eastern Europe. Ambassador Vondra graduated from Charles University in Prague and earned a Ph.D. in natural sciences from the same school.
04.28.07 | 01:24:40 min
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