Vaclav Havel

History, Freedom, and Fate: Remembering the Velvet Revolution Twenty Five Years Later

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 16.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

Vaclav Havel, who passed away three years ago, said famously, "truth and love must prevail over lies." That's not a bad way to remember him, the freedom fighters of the time, and the revolutions of 1989.

Aung San Suu Kyi, Václav Havel, and the Art of Dissent

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Politics
Jeffrey Gedmin

At Prague's Forum 2000 there are often surprises and touching gestures. What else would you expect from a conference started by a man who rode a scooter down the hallways of Prague castle when he became President and drew a heart as part of his signature?

World Leaders Gather To Honour Havel

Posted 23.12.2011 | UK

World leaders are gathering in Prague for the funeral of Czech president Vaclav Havel, who died on Sunday at the age of 75. US Secretary of State H...

2011 Was the Year of The Protester - But for Many Countries, Democracy Remains Far Off

Emily Wight | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK
Emily Wight

Judging by first appearances, 2011 has been a pretty good year for the gatekeepers of democracy. The Tunisian revolution that erupted a year ago triggered similar uprisings across the Arab world and led to the downfall of Tunisian, Egyptian and Libyan dictators. TIME magazine recently named The Protester as their Person of the Year.

Kim Jong-il & Vaclav Havel: What Would Hitch Think?

Chris Price | Posted 20.02.2012 | UK
Chris Price

As if losing Hitch on Thursday weren't awful enough, Havel and Kim Jong Il then hammered home the irrefutable fact of his passing by doing likewise, reminding us that Christopher's death means we'll never know precisely what he thinks of theirs.

Velvet Vaclav

Dom Joly | Posted 18.02.2012 | UK
Dom Joly

What other country would have a president at a tiny rock concert with no security whatsoever and the minimum fuss being made around him?