Main Topic: Our World
Speaker: Bruce Garver
Contemporary Politics and Society in the Czech and Slovak Republics
Garver addresses developments in the Czech and Slovak republics since the breakup of Czechoslovakia Jan. 1, 1993. He begins by examining the “Velvet Revolution” of November 1989 and the dismantling of Communist rule in Czechoslovakia before examining continued efforts by Czechs and Slovaks to rebuild political democracy and a market economy and to rejoin the European community of nations. He discusses efforts by Czechs and Slovaks to maintain good relations with one another while implementing improvements in the political, economic and cultural life of their countries. The presentation concludes with an assessment of the current problems and prospects of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic.