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Shared destinies: Kissinger and Dienstbier meet in 1964

21-01-2012 02:01 | David Vaughan

Henry Kissinger The early 1960s saw dramatic developments in the Cold War, with the building of the Berlin Wall and then the brinkmanship of the Cuban Missile Crisis. But there were also signs of a greater pragmatism in East-West relations. One channel for dialogue was a series of international gatherings, where scholars and public figures discussed how to reduce the risk of armed conflict. These were known as the Pugwash Conferences, named after the town in Canada where the idea was first launched back in 1957. In September 1964, one such conference was held in the Czech spa town of Karlovy Vary.  More

Prime Minister Petr Nečas to meet US President Barack Obama

27-10-2011 16:41 | Jan Richter

Petr Nečas Czech Prime Minister Petr Nečas is on a brief working visit to the United States where he will be meeting with US President Barack Obama later on Thursday. The agenda of Mr Nečas’ first visit to the Oval Office will be dominated by the multi-billion tender to expand the Czech Temelín nuclear power plant, in which the US firm Westinghouse is one of the bidders.  More

Czech-US relations: like a 20-year-old marriage without sex, envoys say

11-10-2011 15:41 | Jan Richter

Michael Žantovský, William J. Cabaniss, Alexandr Vondra, Norman Eisen, photo: CTK In this edition of Czech history, we look at the development of Czech-American relations over the past two decades. Ever since the fall of the Iron Curtain, they have been the pivot of Czech foreign policy. But after the euphoria of the Velvet Revolution and the era of Washington’s fascination with Václav Havel, these relations today are like a 20-year old marriage with no sex – at least according to some current and former diplomats who appeared in Friday’s debate hosted by the Foreign Ministry.  More

US Ambassador to Prague Norman Eisen discusses 9/11 & the War on Terror

09-09-2011 16:52 | Jan Velinger, Martina Mašková

Ahead of the upcoming tenth anniversary of 9/11 on Sunday, Czech Radio’s Martina Mašková interviewed the US Ambassador to Prague Norman Eisen. In the interview the ambassador is asked about Czech cooperation in the War on Terror, CIA renditions at Czech airports, and al Qaeda. Mr Eisen begins first though by discussing the attacks on that fateful September day, including where he was when the first plane hit.  More

Krtek tours Czech Republic after return from space

02-08-2011 17:03 | Jan Richter, Ondřej Bouda

Indira and Andrew Feustel, photo: CTK The Czech cartoon character Krtek, or Little Mole, has been given a hero’s welcome back home after spending two weeks in space. The American astronaut Andrew Feustel, who took Krtek to space aboard the Endeavour space shuttle, arrived in Prague last week with his family, and is now touring the Czech Republic with Krtek to promote science and technology among young Czechs.  More

US ambassador Norman Eisen looks back at his first five months in Prague

15-06-2011 15:41 | Jan Richter

Norman Eisen Czech-American relations are going “from good to great”, according to the US ambassador to Prague Norman L. Eisen who will soon complete his first five months in the Czech Republic. Mr Eisen has been working to shift the focus from missile defence, a top priority during the era of President George W. Bush, towards cooperation in nuclear energy, commerce and the fight against corruption. In an interview for Radio Prague, Ambassador Eisen looks back at some of the developments of the past five months.  More

Czech foreign minister concludes week-long US visit

03-06-2011 16:05 | Jan Richter

Karel Schwarzenberg, Hillary Clinton, photo: CTK The Czech foreign minister, Karel Schwarzenberg is winding up his week-long trip to the United States. At a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington on Thursday, the officials agreed to start negotiations on a new investments protection treaty between the two countries. Mr Schwarzenberg, with a number of Czech entrepreneurs in his entourage, also promoted Czech IT and film industries during his US trip.  More

Confidential material from US embassy in Prague included in WikiLeaks release

29-11-2010 15:50 | Chris Johnstone

Czech-US relations have been caught up in the massive release of secret US diplomatic cables by the WikiLeaks server. One of more than a thousand cables from the US embassy in Prague already put up on the whistle blower’s server provides a snapshot of how Czech and US diplomats began to recast their relations after the US dumped its plans for an anti-missile base in the Czech Republic.  More

Ex-US ambassador accuses high-ranking Czech government official of corruption

12-11-2010 16:09 | Jan Richter

Martin Barták, photo: CTK Former US ambassador to the Czech Republic William Cabaniss has accused Czech ex-deputy defence minister Martin Barták of soliciting a bribe. The daily Mladá fronta Dnes quoted Mr Cabaniss on Friday as saying that in 2008, Mr Barták asked for “millions of dollars” for his assistance in solving problems the Czech truck maker Tatra had with a commission for the Czech army. Mr Barták, who now serves as deputy finance minister, has denied any wrongdoing.  More

Schwarzenberg meets with Clinton on official visit to the US

07-10-2010 | Christian Falvey

Karel Schwarzenberg, Hillary Clinton, photo: CTK The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, is wrapping up a brief, official visit to the United States where he met with his American counterpart Hillary Clinton. Czech Radio’s US correspondent Vít Pohanka is in Washington and spoke with both officials before and after the meeting.  More

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