Jiří Pehe

is a Czech political analyst and writer, and since 1999, he has been the Director of New York University’s academic center in Prague. He was the director of the Political Cabinet in the office of Czech President Václav Havel and continued serving as Havel’s external political advisor until the end of Havel’s term in 2003. Pehe has written numerous essays and papers and has also published several books, including three novels.