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András Simonyi
Ambassador András Simonyi (60) is the Managing Director of the Center for Transatlantic Relations (CTR) at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. He is an economist by training, has a long career in the diplomatic service where he has gained experience in both bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. He has built an extensive network in the Euroatlantic community. His ambassadorial assignments include NATO and Washington. He has spent time in the private sector.

Entries by András Simonyi

Hungarians Must Share the Blame for the Holocaust

(12) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 1:34 PM

When I am in my hometown of Budapest, almost every day I look up towards the breathtaking Rose Hill and see a jewel of a building on the side of the hill. The building, once the home of a famous Jewish businessman, was from March 1944 the home of Adolf...

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Has Our Window of Opportunity Just Closed?

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2014 | 6:13 AM

Twenty five years ago Gyula Horn and Alois Mock the Hungarian and Austrian foreign ministers at the time cut the barbed wire separating the two countries and two worlds: the free West and the Moscow dominated Eastern Europe. They put a huge crack on the Wall of Divide. It was...

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Our Answer to Vladimir Putin Is... Stephen Colbert

(1) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:20 PM

As a boy I had two role models. One was an Englishman, John Lennon. The other was a Russian, also a huge rock star of the time -- albeit of a different kind: Yuri Gagarin, the first astronaut. I never got to meet or even see John Lennon live. But...

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Putin Advisor Gerhard Schroeder Should Resign

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 10:09 AM

During most of last year our Center has been sending signals about the looming crisis with Russia. We have pointed to the motivations of Vladimir Putin, described the nature of his regime as expansive and warned against the complacency of the West in dealing with him. We warned that he...

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The New NATO Secretary General Should Be From Central Europe

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 12:40 PM

If I were sitting at a meeting of the North Atlantic Council, NATO's highest decision making body these days, I would recall the invasion by Russia of Hungary in 1956, hearing the Beatles for the first time, watching the landing on the Moon, the liberation of Eastern Europe in 1989,...

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Straight Out of the Cold War

(1) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 2:53 PM

A few weeks ago, in the run up to the Sochi Olympics, LGBT rights in Russia was on the front burner. It was the theatre in which we were going to fight the battle between authoritarianism and democracy, for the respect for human rights. Suddenly it has been relegated to...

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Edward Putin and Vladimir Snowden

(5) Comments | Posted March 2, 2014 | 2:46 PM

On the wall of my office hangs an original of the November 5, 1956 issue of the Baltimore Sun. The headline story is the Russian invasion of Hungary just the day before. It's a grim reminder of the cold breath of Russia in Eastern Europe, I guess relevant these days.

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Europe's Grown-Up Moment

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:55 PM

The last thing Ukraine needs now is paternalism. They need an understanding and helpful West. One that sees the big strategic picture, its own interests and the interest of the Ukrainians in cohesion. However, at this time the interest of Ukraine has to take center stage. We need to help...

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The Cat, the Rooster, and the Young Mouse... and Vladimir Putin, Victoria Nuland, and Europe

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:19 AM

After the terrible thing that happened last week, namely Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland using the F-word in reference to the EU's "effectiveness" in the Ukraine, we thought it might be good idea to remember a fable by Aesop: The Cat, the Rooster, and the Young Mouse.


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Hungary Has No Business in That Russian Orbit and Neither Does the Ukraine

(15) Comments | Posted February 1, 2014 | 12:06 PM

If you haven't noticed, there is something going on in Eastern Europe that resembles the bad old days of the Cold War.

There is a striking similarity between the events in the Ukraine and those almost sixty years ago in my own Motherland. Hungary's quest for democracy in 1956...

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America Is Not in Decline, Its Foreign Policy Is... But It Can (Still) Surprise the World

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 8:12 AM

These days the talk of the town is Bob Gate's gripping memoir Duty about his time serving as Secretary of Defense under two presidents: George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Bob Gates was respected by America's friends, allies and it's enemies alike. To be on the safe side, we must...

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A Good Week for Some Political Prisoners in Russia... a Bad One for Russian Democracy

(2) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 8:39 AM

Last week was a good week for some political prisoners in Russia: Mikhail Kodhorkovsky and Pussy Rioters Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are free. It was a terrible week for Russian democracy, a proof that prison terms are handed out and cancelled not as a result of fair and open...

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IKEA's Dead Wrong Decision on LGBT Rights in Russia: Don't Make Our Recent Purchase Our Last

(8) Comments | Posted November 25, 2013 | 8:10 AM

Unfortunately last week IKEA, the Swedish home furnishing company famed for its easily assembled furniture and deliciously horsey meatballs, failed to take a stand for equality and inclusion when it removed an interview of a lesbian couple from its Russian IKEA catalog. Such behavior by a...

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The NSA Debacle: Get That Smile Off Vladimir Putin's Face and Move On

(5) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 9:46 PM

By Ambassador Andras Simony and Erik Brattberg

After weeks of haggling across the Atlantic, still absent from the current debate the NSA-spying scandal is a sense of the broader strategic aspects at play. While the outrage over the Snowden revelations has had some unfortunate impact for the worse on the...

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'A Message From Denmark About Humanity From the Past and for the Future'

(2) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 12:00 PM

With the 24-hour news cycle and an increasingly interconnected world, it is tempting to resort to the view that modern global challenges will resolve themselves, just because they get attention. To think that if someone's heard it, someone will solve it. Yet this view conflicts with the current violation of...

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The Shutdown Hurts America's Softpower in the World

(77) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 4:15 PM

The government shutdown, which kicked into effect at midnight as there was no last-minute deal between Democrats and Republicans, is not just a political fiasco worthy of mockery by the world beyond the Beltway, but beyond America's borders. It carries real life consequences for Americans. One aspect, however -- sadly...

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LGBT Rights in Russia Is a Straight Issue

(4) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 1:16 PM

Last week was full of twists and turns in U.S.-Russia politics. Obviously the Russian President was not sincerely concerned about the suffering Syrian people or Assad's chemical weapons stockpile. His concern was President Putin. He seized the opportunity to get back on center stage in world politics.

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What Raoul Wallenberg Can Teach Us About Syria

(7) Comments | Posted September 4, 2013 | 7:31 PM

Co-authored by Erik Brattberg

During his brief stopover in Stockholm today, President Obama made a symbolic visit to the city's Great Synagogue to pay tribute to the great Swedish hero, Raoul Wallenberg. We are pleased he did that. Also, it is important to know: Raoul Wallenberg was not a Jew....

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Why Obama's Trip to Sweden Matters to Washington

(8) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 8:27 AM

Next week President Obama will do a stopover in Stockholm en route to the G20 summit in St. Petersburg. Although seemingly hastily arranged after the President declined a meeting with his Russian counterpart amidst the U.S.-Russian debacle over the Snowden affair (with perhaps already Syria in mind) Obama's visit to...

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Germany's Historic Responsibility for Europe's Past and Future

(3) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 8:03 AM

It cannot be denied: Germans still bear the scars in their soul for the country's responsibility for the tragedy of Europe in the 20th century. Still this day today, one cannot have a decent conversation with German friends without WWII and the holocaust being evoked at one point. Sooner or...

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