The Havel Albright Transatlantic Dialogues: Thinking Truth and Freedom with Havel and Zelensky


In the spotlight lecture, Timothy Snyder delivered a captivating meditation on the nature of freedom. In it he tied Havel’s idea of “living in truth” and the tradition of dissent from the 1970s and 1980s to the present war in Ukraine and Volodymir Zelenskyi’s courageous stance in the face of Russian aggression.


Serie: Havel - Albright Transatlantic Dialogues

Since the first Václav Havel Transatlantic Dialogues at GLOBSEC and FORUM 2000 conferences last year, we have lost another stalwart advocate of the transatlantic bond and of the need to face threats to democracy and international order together on both sides of the Atlantic, the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. In view of the close bond between Václav Havel and Madeleine Albright and, after Havel's death, between the Secretary and the Library, the Václav Havel Library, with the approval of Madeleine Albright's family, renamed and rebranded the program as The Havel-Albright Transatlantic Dialogues (HATD), after the two major figures with roots in Central Europe who have personified the bond. Together, Václav Havel and Madeleine Albright symbolize the transatlantic relationship and the fundamental values underpinning it perhaps better than any other two people in recent history.

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