Furthering close and strong ties with the Czech Republic and its people

From the Castle to the Capitol, American Friends of the Czech Republic fosters communication, encourages understanding, invites friendship, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and civic and cultural institutions.

Speaker Paul Ryan, with Prime Minister of the Czech Republic Andrej Babiš  (photo by CTK)

The Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan was recently in the Czech Republic on a two-day visit, the highest-placed U.S. official to visit the country in nine years. Paul Ryan's visit to teh Czech Republic on March 26, 2018 was certainly a significant event and very important for Czech-American relations. Mr. Ryan came to Prague and the invitation of the new U.S. Ambassador Steven King. Paul Ryan is the first foreign official ever to address a session of the Czech lower house. It is important to note that the Czech-American relationship is celebrationg its 100th anniversary this year and Paul Ryan's visit fits well into this year's anniversary events. 



Symposium: The Historical Background of The Pittsburgh Agreement of 1918

The signing of the Pittsburgh Agreement on May 31, 1918, was a milestone leading to the establishment of an independent Czechoslovak state after World War I. The catalyst for the event was the visit to Pittsburgh of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1937), who led the Slovak and Czech independence movement and later became the first President of Czechoslovakia. By the agreement, Czechs and Slovaks in the United States, acting on behalf of their compatriots in Europe, sanctioned the endeavor to bring about a union of the Czechs and Slovaks in an independent state.

Panelists discussing the historical setting of the Pittsburgh Agreement will be:

  • Dr. Hugh Agnew - Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington
  • Dr. Matej Hanula - Institute of History of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava
  • Dr. Milada Polišenská - Anglo-American University, Prague

Thursday, May 31, 2018

University of Pittsburgh
Wesley W. Posvar Hall - Room 4130
230 S. Bouquet St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Admission free and open to the public

Sponsored by:

  • American Friends of the Czech Republic
  • Friends of Slovakia
  • Center for Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh


The American Friends of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Czech Republic are hosting a gala celebration honoring Frederic V. Malek with the Vaclav Havel Civil Society Award at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.