Activities: 2004: Bio: Palouš

April 29, 2004 Ambassador Palous

His Excellency Martin PALOUŠ
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Embassy of the Czech Republic

Martin Palouš was appointed Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United States by Czech President Vaclav Havel in the summer of 2001.

Born in Prague on October 14, 1950, Mr. Palouš received a RNDr. degree (Doctor of Natural Sciences) in chemistry from Charles University, Prague in 1973 and went on to study philosophy and social sciences (graduating in 1977). He has also studied law (1996-1999).

Mr. Palouš was one of the first signatories of Charter 77 and served as spokesman for this dissident human rights group in 1986. A founding member of the Civic Forum (November 1989), he was elected to the Federal Assembly in 1990 and became a member of its Foreign Affairs Committee. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia as adviser to Minister Dienstbier and was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from October 1990 to October 1992.

Dr. Palouš has held a number of teaching positions at Charles University since 1990. He became a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences (Foreign Relations Division) in 1994 and served for some time as the Faculty's Vice-Dean. In 1993, he joined the Centre for Theoretical Studies (a research center run jointly by Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences, headed by Ivan M. Havel). He has lectured extensively in the United States. Until 1998, Mr. Palouš was also active in various non-governmental organizations (including serving as Chairman of the Czech Helsinki Committee and Co-Chairman of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly). In October 1998, he became Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Dr. Palouš is the author of numerous publications, including the chapter on the Czech Republic in the European Commission publication Democratization in Central and Eastern Europe, "Totalitarianism and Authoritarianism," in the Encyclopedia of Violence, Peace and Conflict (1999), and "Between Idealism and Realism: Reflections on the Political Landscape of Postcommunism," in Between Past and Future: "The Revolutions of 1989 and their Aftermath"; (2000). He translates the works of Hannah Arendt.

Dr. Palouš is married to Pavla Paloušová, nee NŤmcová. They have two children: Michal (born 1986) and Johana (born 1989).

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