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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

The German Foreign Minister Should Know Better.

(2) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 11:31 PM

I am struck by the bizarre statement by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier about his disappointment with "NATO's provocation of Russia" because of the recent military exercise in Poland. I would totally discard it as a non-issue if it had not come from the foreign minister of the self-proclaimed leader...

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Post Obama's Summit With the Nordics -- What Next?

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 11:53 AM

Last week saw an extraordinary event in Washington; a rare sight, the smiling leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, and a smiling Obama. This state visit of the Nordics was in diplomatic parlance, a scoop. It was not a party really, but the outside spectator could have mistaken...

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No, Belgium Is Not a Failed State

(9) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 9:18 AM

I was appalled by the distasteful comments about "Brussels being a mess", which was totally the same foolish "Schadenfreude" we heard from some Europeans after 9/11 saying "the U.S. asked for it." This is bad manners, a bad comment at a bad time, but also dead wrong and obscures the...

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Obama Got It Right About the Nordic Countries

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2016 | 10:42 AM

The White House announced there will be a a Nordic-US summit meeting in May. The Prime Ministers of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and the Finnish President will meet with President Obama to discuss a broad set of issues. It will take place in a very difficult and challenging global environment....

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European Leaders Should Stop Commenting About the U.S. Presidential Candidates!

(9) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 2:16 PM

The U.S. Elections matter to Europe, as to the rest of the world. European leaders however should stop commenting about the presidential candidates. Let there be no doubt: I have very strong views on the election campaign, on some of the candidates. But Europeans need to be careful with comments...

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Resurgent Jokes Reflect Putin Russia's Inevitable Untergang

(1) Comments | Posted February 8, 2016 | 8:46 AM

Co-authored with Samuel Rachlin

Samuel Rachlin, an accomplished, independent Danish journalist, was born in the Soviet Union to a Danish mother and a Lithuanian father during his parents' deportation to Siberia. He became the first Moscow, later the Washington correspondent for national Danish TV. After a stint...

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Perhaps Something Not So Rotten in the State of Denmark

(124) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 6:20 PM

There will be no prizes for anyone when the refugee crisis is over. European countries big or small will need to do a lot of soul searching about how the political elites squandered their opportunity to lead, how they missed the moment to show that they care more about Europe...

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Why Energy, More Than Ever, Is About Latvia's Security

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2015 | 3:31 PM

*Co-authored by Gunda Reire

DR. GUNDA REIRE currently holds the position of Resident Fulbright Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations, Washington, DC She is Managing Director of the Center for International Studies (Latvia) and Visiting Lecturer in diplomacy studies at the University of Latvia...
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In the Norden, the liberal-democratic model is alive and well.

(1) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 8:36 AM

The obituary of the liberal-democratic model has already been written, waiting to be published. The doomsayers have made their prediction about the end of the free and democratic world as we know it. The analogy of the "fall of the Roman Empire" is frequently used: America is of the past,...

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The Frozen Conflict of LGBT Rights

(9) Comments | Posted December 1, 2015 | 6:15 PM

One wonders whatever happened to the vigor with which the rights of LGBT people was put on the international agenda a few years ago. In the run-up to the Sochi Olympics the plight of gay, lesbian,bisexual and transgender people was "in vogue." Countless articles, declarations by leading personalities from all...

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The Response to Disruptive Forces Must Be Strong Leadership

(8) Comments | Posted November 30, 2015 | 2:08 PM

This post was co-authored with Samuel Rachlin.

The race to cash in on the peace dividend after the collapse of communism has rendered us in the "democratic, free and liberal" west unprepared for the threats of the 21st century. There was no contingency planning for the breakdown of the world...

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Viktor Orban's Great Opportunity to Change... Or Not

(71) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 9:41 AM

The last months have been bad for Europe and indeed for Hungary. Europe, the superpower has shown its weakness which is a result of the lack of leadership, complacency, divisions and the lack of vision for its place and role in the world. It is now paying a price for...

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The Refugee Crisis Will Define Europe's Future

(36) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 10:18 AM

This post is co-authored by Erik Brattberg.

While the refugee and migrant crisis is an existential problem for Europe, it is also a huge opportunity. The way it is handled will critically impact not only the future direction of Europe, but also its identity -- the European ethos -- economics,...

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OMG, the Irish Legalized Gay Marriage!

(29) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 10:36 AM

The Irish have made history over the weekend. Voting with an overwhelming majority to embrace gay marriage, they have leapfrogged a big part of Europe. They make me a proud European. They are showing the way for others, especially those countries which at times, falsely, in the name...

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LGBT Rights -- Modernity vs. Forces of Yesteryear

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 10:40 AM

In the past two years I have gone from being a sympathizer of the LGBT cause, to becoming an outright supporter and advocate of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Our center deals with grand strategic issues of security, economy and human rights on a daily basis....

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Beware of the New Putin, a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

(51) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 2:10 PM

For the last few weeks commentators, politicians and many sectors of the western public have been perhaps surprised by Vladimir Putin's somewhat reconciliatory tone towards the U.S. and the West. His moderation of words on Ukraine during his recent public appearances seems to suggest a change not just in tone...

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Double Standards in Our Foreign Policy -- and That's Just the Way It Is

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 11:33 AM

The United States and many of its European allies are often accused of having double standards in the execution of their foreign policy. This criticism is for a reason, and we need to face it as the sometimes inconvenient truth. While we proudly proclaim our value-based foreign policy, many times...

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The International LGBT Community Has a Goal... But No Strategy

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:05 AM

In the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, for a few months, the international community was outraged by Putin's anti-gay bills. The stir and indignation was huge. For a while, there was the impression that the international community had a strategy to fight LGBT discrimination around the globe. And then, as...

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My Own Personal Auschwitz

(8) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 9:19 PM

Very often I look at the pictures of my grandmother Paula. She was warm and loving. I imagine my conversations with her, sitting on her lap. I hear her. Her voice makes me feel strong and indestructible. I look at the pictures of grandfather Pál too. He is sitting at...

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Searching for Charlie in Washington D.C.

(1) Comments | Posted January 14, 2015 | 8:08 AM

As a former diplomat, I am trained to hold back airing a position prematurely, even if emotionally tempted to scream in rage. We are accustomed to taking a second and third look, wait and see, explore the facts. I was tempted to scream on Sunday, the minute I noticed the...

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