attention. Among these is Ladislav Venys, present
right-hand man to Vaclav Havel, the nation's first
democratically elected president in more than 40 years.
Since the reconstruction movement began in Czechoslovakia in late 1989, Dr. Venys has acted as a domestic and
foreign policy adviser to various parliament and government officials.
Dr. Venys began his academic training at Charles
University in Prague as a student in Oriental and
English studies. He continued his education at Syracuse
University in New York, earning a master's degree in
political science and international relations and a certificate in African studies. In 1979 Venys was granted his
PhD in Oriental studies from Charles University. Since
then. Dr. Venys has served as assistant professor at
Charles University, senior sociologist at the Research
Institute of Engineering and Industrial Development,
and director of the Department of International
Relations of TERPLAN, the Czech institute for regional
and physical planning. At present. Dr. Venys is establishing a new Center for the Study of Democracy and
Free Enterprise at Prague's Charles University.
Our speaker, Ladislav Venys, is amply qualified to
talk to us about the current restructuring of Eastern
Europe and Czechoslovakia, the issues affecting the
present regime, its chances for success and possibilities
of failure. Please join us in the discussion of this timely
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