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Vera and Donald Blinken


"Vera and the Ambassador: Escape and Return"

Rockefeller Institute Book Forum, April 3, 2009

Co-authors Vera Blinken and Donald Blinken, former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and Chair of the SUNY Board of Trustees, discussed their recently published memoir, describing their experiences with the U.S. diplomatic effort in Hungary during the Clinton Administration. The couple told two interweaving stories – Vera of her return to the country she had escaped as a child to lead Hungarian women in the newfound concepts of networking and activism, and Donald of the realities of advancing American policy in a post-Communist nation.