We have had to postpone this discussion because of rising Covid infection rates. We’re very sorry for the inconvenience. Please stay tuned for a new date.


Please join the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Institute of Current World Affairs for a discussion about how Central European countries are promoting liberal democracy on the continent. Panelists will include Martina Hrvolova, Peter Tuma, Max Bergmann and moderator Chandler Rosenberger.

The event marks ICWA founder Charles Crane’s friendship with the first president of independent Czechoslovakia, Tomas Masaryk. Crane invited Masaryk to the United States in 1902 to deliver a series of lectures at the University of Chicago. They would go on to develop a personal relationship that would serve as an important link between their two countries.

Today, transatlantic relations are again at the center of US foreign policy, with Western countries renewing their alliances. The Czech Republic and other Central European countries are playing an important role on Ukraine, disinformation, illiberalism, and other challenges at another time of historic change on the continent.


Embassy of the Czech Republic

3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW

Washington, DC 20008

Friday, May 20, 2022

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Max Bergmann

Max is director of the Europe program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously, he was a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, focused on Europe, Russia, and US security cooperation. 


Martina Hrvolova

Martina is a resident fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Before joining GMF, Martina was a program officer for Europe and Eurasia at the Center for International Private Enterprise, one of the core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy and affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce.

Chandler Rosenberger, moderator

Chad is Associate Professor of International and Global Studies and Sociology at Brandeis University. He was an ICWA fellow in the Czech Republic and Yugoslavia from 1992 to 1994 and now serves as a trustee of the institute. He has written for the Critical Review, Human Rights Watch, World Policy Journal and The Wall Street Journal. He is currently researching the global trend toward populist nationalism, with a particular interest in China and Hong Kong.

Petr Tuma

Petr is a visiting fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Europe Center. He is a Czech career diplomat with an expertise on Europe, Middle East and transatlantic relations. He has worked at the Czech Embassies in the United States, Syria and Ramallah/Jerusalem. Previously, he taught philosophy and anthropology at Charles University in Prague.



Top photo: Prague (Jorge Franganillo, Wikimedia Commons)