Hungary Goes Hawkish on Syria

by Vera Molnár, On September 16, 2013

Hungary jumped ahead of many of its peers in the EU by taking sides with the U.S. on Syria, which may reap some much needed diplomatic rewards as the country awaits its new U.S. Ambassador.

Donald Tusk’s Wandering Eye

by Tomasz Pisula, On April 29, 2013

Martin Schulz’s trip to Poland may have revealed one of the most important factors influencing Polish politics in recent years: Donald Tusk’s ambitions for European office.

The Iron Lady’s Soft Spot for Eastern Europe

by Travis LaCouter, On April 10, 2013

By casting the confrontation between the free West and the communist East in moral terms, Thatcher gave courage to opponents of communism and hope to its victims.

George Kennan & Central Europe

by Lee Congdon, On February 6, 2013

Diplomatic experience had convinced Kennan that democracy was inimical to a mature and responsible foreign policy, in part because democracies had to contend with a public opinion that was woefully uninformed and erratic.

The State of U.S. Presidential Politics: A Look Ahead

by Travis LaCouter, On July 24, 2012

Both President Obama and Governor Romney are presenting themselves as bold alternatives to each other and arguing that America is at a crossroads. What is the average observer – American or otherwise – to make of these claims?

America through European Eyes, 1492-9/11

by Christina Russell, On March 19, 2012

It’s a love-hate relationship since European philosophers desire the wealth that U.S. capitalism represents, but without any negative repercussions.

Conservatism in Hungary

by András Lánczi, On February 19, 2012

The present Hungarian right has only one common integrated feature and that is its anti-communism. This is becoming less and less powerful in a democratic political rivalry. As a result, conservatism has weak but slowly developing positions. The steps in…

In Search of Central Europe

by Vernon Lowe, On February 10, 2012

In recent decades, a centre-right consensus has emerged in countries that were formerly part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and which were subsequently absorbed by the Soviets and their ‘partisan’ allies. This consensus embodies the desire for freedom, including economic freedom, and implies a rejection of the state economy and the insolent plans and schemes of […]

Ronald Reagan and the “Captive Nations” of Europe [VIDEO]

On January 28, 2012

CSS hosted a discussion in Budapest with Ronald Reagan’s special advisor and former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese, moderated by Reagan’s former speechwriter Peggy Noonan, about the life and legacy of Reagan in relation to Central and Eastern Europe. How did Reagan view America’s role in the future freedom of captive nations? What were his […]


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