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András Simonyi
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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.

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Winning Back the Hearts and Minds of Russians...

(57) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 2:47 PM

We have not been good at differentiating between Russia as a country, the Russian people and Vladimir Putin. Russian society as a whole has been kidnapped by its president. Mr.Putin could be congratulated for the swiftness of action, but he knows it is not that difficult to kidnap a physically...

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Putin, Erdogan and Orban: Band of Brothers?

(34) Comments | Posted August 12, 2014 | 3:51 PM

Are President Vladimir Putin of Russia, newly elected President Recep Erdogan of Turkey and their little brother, Prime Minister (soon to be president?!) Viktor Orban of Hungary the new Band of Brothers?

They can proudly declare that they have created hybrid systems, illiberal regimes in their countries, with their...

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The West and Russia: Naiveté Without Borders?

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 10:19 AM

The tragedy of Malaysia Airlines MH17 is the price we pay for the naiveté of the West concerning Russia's Vladimir Putin, the soft response to his aggression against Ukraine and for the division, mostly of our own making, among allies. When we loose sight of our basic interests, our fundamental...

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Good Bye Brother Tommy Ramone, Rest in Peace

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 9:59 AM

The world of Rock music is a tough one. Most bands don't make it past the school circuit.
It is rare that a band becomes a global influence and changes the course of rock and roll history.
That rare honor was bestowed upon The Ramones, whose last...

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Now's The Historic Moment for the Nordics

(0) Comments | Posted June 23, 2014 | 3:28 PM

Our Center has been and remains a strong advocate of the importance for the Nordic countries to step forward as individual nations as well as a group, to put their mark on the way ahead for market based democracies aka the West, as it is going through a very rough...

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How Putin Stole Our Smartpower

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 2:42 PM

The Cold War's bipolar system taught many lessons on the use of power. Perhaps one of the most important was that the West could not have won the Cold War by a perpetual arms race only, it needed an array of soft power tools as well. The attraction of the...

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Horse-trading Is Not the Way to Select Europe's Next Leader

(2) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 6:06 PM

There is now an ugly horse-trading going on in Europe, with national leaders embroiled in a petty fight over the next commission president, unworthy of Europe. Claude Juncker, the former Prime Minister of Luxembourg "won" the elections, but he would do the Union a great favor if he got out...

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Putin Has a Vision and a Strategy, The West Seems to Have Neither

(0) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 2:42 PM

Do not be fooled. Putin's overture with the West about his efforts to curb the extremists in Eastern Ukraine is a tactical move, a thinly veiled effort to put the West back to sleep, trick them into thinking that there is a benign side to him. Well, there isn't.

Western...

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Hungarians Must Share the Blame for the Holocaust

(13) 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.

We...

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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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