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Oct 9, 2008 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Europe, Russia and Energy Security

Lecture by Jan Macháček, Thursday, October 9, 6:30 pm, Czech Center New York

Europe, Russia and Energy Security
Lecture by Jan Mach

Thursday, October 9
6:30 pm
Czech Center New York

Please RSVP at (212) 288-0830 ext. 100 or info@czechcenter.com

Respected journalist from the weekly Respekt will speak about the rate of dependency of central Europe on Russian gas and oil and what can be done about this dependency. He will also analyze how the term "energy security" is understood in Europe, the European Union and the US and how Russia is using its energy resources to expand its sphere of influence.



Jan Macháček is a journalist and musician currently working as a commentator for the daily newspaper Hospodarske noviny, to which he also occasionally contributes articles and interviews. He also serves as a board member of Transparency International in the Czech Republic. Previously, he lectured on Politics and the Economics of Transformation at the Anglo American college in Prague.

During communism in the 1980s, Macháček was involved in underground culture and samizdat publishing. He was a member of the famous underground music band The Plastic People of the Universe as a guitar player and later joined the band Garage, which he still plays with. In the 1980s, he signed Charter 77 and was involved in various opposition activities. He studied at the Prague School of Economics in the first half of the 1980s, but due to political reasons did not finish.

After the revolution in 1989, Macháček joined together people from underground publishing to create the first independent media outlet in the country, the weekly Respekt (originally titled Information Service). There, he was frequently awarded for both his investigative and analytical writing. In 2000 he effectively became Respekt's deputy editor in chief. Additionally, Macháček has also been a fellow of the National Forum Foundation in Washington and the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan.


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Oct 9, 2008 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


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