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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

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

(34) 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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Putin in a Headlock

(6) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 3:21 AM

Russia is in turmoil, and the Putin appeasers are scrambling to grab a last piece of the action, while they might still have a tiny chance of traction. They should hive up, they have done enough damage already.They are still urging the sanctions to be lifted, which of course would...

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America Is Not a 911 Number

(72) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 10:21 AM

On a recent visit to Europe I was most struck by the latent and open anti-American sentiments that are contaminating the political elites across the continent. This is especially strange in a year when we commemorate the end of the Cold War, the ending of the divide across the continent,...

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Hunting for Red October... in the Stockholm Archipelago

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 9:39 AM

The Swedish Armed Forces were put on high alert this weekend, as there was an apparent intrusion -- not for the first or the last time -- by a Russian submarine into Swedish territorial waters, in the Stockholm Archipelago. Not a situation that should make Swedes more confident that their...

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Winning Back the Hearts and Minds of Russians...

(58) 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

(1) 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.


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