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A New Socialist Hungary? Remembering the Defeat of the Hungarian Revolution 63 Years Later

Materials contained within the 1956 Polish and Hungarian Crises collection on highlight the contrast between Prime Minister Imre Nagy’s diplomatic efforts to rebrand Hungary as a people’s democracy and the Soviet Union’s desire to vanquish what they saw as an assault on international Communism.

Imre Nagy, a New Hungary

Recovering Disputed Sound: RFE Hungarian Revolution Broadcasts

Paying for Retirement: Challenges for Private Pension Development in Eastern Europe

How to meet the economic as well as social needs of the elderly is a challenge for any government. It has been particularly taxing for countries transitioning from a command economy in to a free market economy, as citizens have had to adjust expectations for what they should expect from the private as well as public sectors to fund their retirement. Adapting expectations and educating current and future pensioners has been a tremendous hurdle for governments as they look to making fundamental changes in paying for pensions.

U.S. Relations with Central Europe: Love and Reason

17th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture 


Ambassador Rastislav Káčer
Slovak Ambassador to Hungary

Ambassador Káčer is superbly qualified to comment on U.S. relations with Central Europe given his key role in negotiating Slovakia’s entry into NATO, his expertise on Transatlantic defense and security issues and his experience as Slovak Ambassador to Hungary.

Eyewitness to the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

CWIHP e-Dossier No. 74

Soviet Suppression of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution: An Eyewitness Report by a Radio Free Europe Journalist

By A. Ross Johnson
October 2016


Diary kept by American journalist detained during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution released in full


Looking Back at the Cold War: 1956

This article was originally published in the Hoover Digest (2016 No. 4)

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution, the most violent of several upheavals in Soviet-dominated Central and Eastern Europe during 1956 that shattered Communists’ unwavering belief in Josef Stalin while demonstrating Moscow’s continued resolve to use military force to maintain control of Eastern Europe.

The Choice of an Ally

Transnational political campaigns are increasingly frequent in Europe since national parties collaborate with their ideological kin through “party families” of the European Parliament. But it is rather unusual that a NATO member’s head of government openly endorses one of the American presidential candidates over the other. And that is precisely what happened on July 25: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán endorsed Donald J. Trump for President – just two days after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention and two days before the opening of the Democrats’ event.