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Slovakia 30 Years After the Velvet Revolution

January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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We are honored to be joined by Adam Sterling, the U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, for this special presentation. Ambassador Sterling will trace the legacy of the Velvet Revolution in Slovakia’s great successes since gaining independence in 1993, and he will examine the continual threats of disinformation and extremism to Slovakia’s democratic advancement. The presentation will be followed by a reception with light refreshments and a cash bar.

Adam Sterling was appointed as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Slovak Republic in May 2016. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he served from 2013-2016 as Deputy Chief of Mission and twice as Chargé d’ Affaires in the Netherlands. He also served as Deputy Chief of Mission and twice as Chargé d’ Affaires in Azerbaijan from 2010 to 2013. From 2006 to 2009 he was the Director for Central and Eastern European Affairs on the National Security Council staff at the White House. His other Washington, D.C., assignments were as Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Europe (2005-06) and as a desk officer in the Office of Central Asian Affairs (1995-97).

His overseas assignments have included tours as a political officer in the U.S. embassies in Israel (2001-05) and Kazakhstan (1998-2001). He also served in political, administrative, and consular assignments at the U.S. embassies in Belgium (1993-95) and Peru (1991-93). He earned a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in Iowa. He speaks French, Spanish, Russian, Azerbaijani, and Dutch, and is studying Slovak.


January 23
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library


National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
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Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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