Tomáš Valášek

Director
Carnegie Europe

Valášek is the director of Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on security and defense, transatlantic relations, and Europe’s Eastern neighborhood.

Tomáš Valášek is the director of Carnegie Europe, where his research focuses on security and defense, transatlantic relations, and Europe’s Eastern neighborhood.

Previously, Valášek served as the permanent representative of the Slovak Republic to NATO for nearly four years. Before that, he was president of the Central European Policy Institute in Bratislava (2012–2013), director of foreign policy and defense at the Centre for European Reform in London (2007–2012), and founder and director of the Brussels office of the World Security Institute (2002–2006). In 2006–2007, he served as acting political director and head of the security and defense policy division at the Slovak Ministry of Defense.

Valášek is the author of numerous articles in newspapers and journals including the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. He advised the Slovak defense and foreign ministers, the UK House of Lords, and the Group of Experts on the new NATO Strategic Concept.

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  • A Blog About a Blog
    • Tuesday, April 03, 2018

    A Blog About a Blog

    The audience for think tanks such as Carnegie faces a daily avalanche of analysis and information. To remain effective, think tanks need to update the way they communicate.

  • How Not to Lose Friends and Alienate People
    • Thursday, March 01, 2018

    How Not to Lose Friends and Alienate People

    To protect the rule of law, the European Commission and EU member states need to change the way they talk to Poland.

  • What Not to Expect in 2018
    • Monday, January 15, 2018

    What Not to Expect in 2018

    Three kinds of trouble are bubbling under Europe's surface. The key to preparing for them lies in understanding where and how the political ground is shifting.

  • China and Central Europe: Don’t Believe the Hype
    • Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    China and Central Europe: Don’t Believe the Hype

    EU membership is the all-defining political and economic reality for Central Europe. China is a curiosity.

  • The EU’s New Defense Pact: Marginal Gains
    • Thursday, November 16, 2017

    The EU’s New Defense Pact: Marginal Gains

    PESCO may be limited, but it’s not inconsequential. At minimum, the deal will put EU governments under fresh pressure to spend more on defense.

  • Macron, the Atlanticist
    • Thursday, October 05, 2017

    Macron, the Atlanticist

    France is committed to taking on more responsibility for the defense of Europe without alienating or competing with NATO.

  • How Artificial Intelligence Could Disrupt Alliances
    • Thursday, August 31, 2017

    How Artificial Intelligence Could Disrupt Alliances

    Much has been written about how artificial intelligence will revolutionize wars. What will it do to international organizations that manage them?

  • Cajoling Europe Into Cooperating on Defense
    • Thursday, June 08, 2017

    Cajoling Europe Into Cooperating on Defense

    The European Commission’s new defense proposals could give EU member states’ armed forces more value for their euros—if governments respond effectively.

  • Washington’s Way to European Hearts
    • Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Washington’s Way to European Hearts

    The NATO secretary general should use his meeting with the U.S. president on April 12 to convey important messages on terrorism and defense spending.

Education

MA, International Affairs, George Washington University
BA, Journalism, University of Georgia

Languages
  • Czech
  • English
  • French
  • Slovak
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