A historian who always keeps up-to-date. According to him, openness and tolerance are the key to the future.
Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University Igor Lukeš focuses on the history and politics of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as present-day Russia. The Czech historian has been living in the Unites States since the 1970s, he is the author of a number of books in Czech and English, and also contributes to newspapers and magazines. His book Czechoslovakia Between Stalin and Hitler: The Diplomacy of Edvard Benes in the 1930‘s won the Boston Authors Club Award and the Kahn Award. He also won the Central Intelligence Agency Award in 2012 for his contributions to intelligence literature.
The lecture deals with changes in Central Europe over the last thirty years. Putin's criminal war in Ukraine has had an unexpected effect on the situation in Poland and Hungary: it prevented the imminent decline of democracy and conflict with the European Union.