EXECUTIVE LECTURE FORUM: Activities: 2000: Bio:
April 6, 2000

Ambassador Géza Jeszenszky, Ambassador of Hungary to the U.S.

The Honorable Géza Jeszenszky, the first foreign minister of the Democratic Republic of Hungary, was born in 1941 in Budapest. Before entering government service, he served as a Professor of History at Karl Marx University in Budapest and a visiting professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Presently, Mr. Jeszenszky represents Hungary in Washington, D.C., as its ambassador, meeting with leaders world-wide.

Ambassador Jeszenszky played a significant role in the break-up of the Communist system in Hungary. He was one of the founders of the anti-Communist opposition party, the Hungarian Democratic Forum. Following Hungary’s elections in 1990, Mr. Jeszenszky served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Government of Jozsef Antall. During his four years of tenure, the Ambassador formulated and put into practice the new, pro-Western, Hungarian foreign policy. By doing so, Mr. Jeszenszky laid the foundation for Hungary’s entrance into NATO and the European community.

Ambassador Jeszenszky is also the author of many scholarly publications, including "The Changing Image of Hungary in Britain, 1894-1918," He is a frequent guest speaker at conferences, such as the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Atlantic Council of the United States, the Institute Francias des Relations Internationales, as well as universities all over the world.

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