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Václav Havel

Václav Havel

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Václav Havel was President of Czechoslovakia (1989-92) and President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003). An author and playwright, he was one of the principal authors of the human rights manifesto Charter 77, and remained an important voice in global affairs until his death in 2011.

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  1. Politics And Theatre
    havel45newsart Paul Lachine

    Politics And Theatre

    Dec 18, 2011 Václav Havel

  2. The Intellectual and Politics
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    The Intellectual and Politics

    Dec 18, 2011 Václav Havel

  3. Ukraine Loses Its Way
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    Ukraine Loses Its Way

    Aug 31, 2011 Václav Havel, et al.

  4. Solidarity with Japan
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    Solidarity with Japan

    Mar 21, 2011 Richard von Weizsäcker, et al.

  5. Human Rights and Leprosy
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    Human Rights and Leprosy

    Feb 14, 2011 Yohei Sasakawa, et al.

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    A Shining Example of Successful Multilateralism

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    Diplomacy Could Help Revive Democracy in Venezuela

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    Tracking Ukraine’s Reconstruction Funds

    Wolfgang Fengler & Vladyslav Rashkovan show how digital tools can streamline the process, improve transparency, and provide accountability.
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    Slovakia’s Anti-Democratic Government Is Doubling Down

    Soňa Muzikárová warns that the assassination attempt in May has led the government to double down on illiberal reforms.
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    The Dangers of a US Capital Inflow Tax

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