Vaclav Havel

  • December 19, 2011
Adrian A. Basora

Senior Fellow

Alan Luxenberg



FPRI Senior Fellow, Adrian Basora, comments on the death of Vaclav Havel and the lessons to be learned from Czechoslovakia in the 1990s for democratization efforts.

As U.S. Ambassador in Prague, 1992-95, Mr. Basora worked with Czech and Slovak leaders to assure a successful transition during the periods preceding and following Czechoslovakia’s “Velvet Divorce.” He led implementation of American assistance programs and guided U.S. policy in support of the Czech transition to a successful market economy and consolidated democracy, thus helping to lay the groundwork for Czech entry into NATO, the OECD and the European Union.

Program length: 20 minutes

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