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Nurturing Atlanticists in Central Eastern Europe: the Role of Media, Education, and Public Diplomacy (Case studies from Slovakia and Poalnd)

Supported by: German Marshall Fund of the U.S.

Project span:
November 2006 – October 2007

Project team:
Martin Bútora, Oľga Gyárfášová, Grigorij Mesežnikov

Project partner:
Institute of Public Affairs, Warsaw


  • To analyze the current status of transatlantic agenda in Slovakia and Poland, as it is reflected in the work of policymakers, civic activists, business representatives and other actors who believe that solidarity and close cooperation between Europe and America remain the best recipe for promoting freedom, democracy and human rights, for preserving global stability, for helping people to live in dignity.
  • To study the role of media, education and public diplomacy in informing and engaging broader public in the issues of transatlantic relationship, in mediating the value background of transatlantic collaboration, as well as in promoting various modes of concrete cooperation. To identify good and bad practices in these areas and provide a reasonable perspective for improvements.
  • To facilitate a debate on transatlantic relations, with an emphasis on new generations of Atlanticists who could creatively reconcile their national, European and transatlantic perspectives and who could challenge the waves of anti-Western and anti-American populism in their countries.

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