Kevin J. McNamara

Kevin J. McNamara visited five cities in the Czech and Slovak Republics in 2018 for the U.S. State Department. An Associate Scholar of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia, he is the author of Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe (New York: Public Affairs), which tells the very dramatic story of Czecho-Slovakia’s founding.

A Good Divorce Can Beat a Bad Marriage


If the liberal consensus was correct about nationalism, world order, and Europe, Czechs and Slovaks would today be preparing for war. Instead, they are — quite literally — celebrating the 25th anniversary of their “Velvet Divorce,” which created two new nations among two peoples who did not get along for decades. More than just another example […]

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