Martin Palous

Martin Palouš received his Doctorate of Natural Sciences in chemistry at charles University in 1973 and went on to study philosophy and social sciences (1977). He was one of the first signers of Charter 77 and served as charter speaker in 1986. A founding member of Civic Forum, Palouš was elected to the Federal Assembly in 1990. From there he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia as an advisor and then as deputy minister of foreign affairs (1990-1992). He is a past chair of the Helsinki Committee for the Czech Republic. Palouš presented his credentials to president George W. Bush on 10 October 2001 as ambassador to the United States from the Czech Republic. The interview, conducted in English, took place at the Center for Theoretical Study in Prague.

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