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Bush and Sharansky: Now They’ll Have Prague

Shortly after his reelection in 2004, President Bush met in the White House with Natan Sharansky and told reporters that if they wanted to understand his foreign policy they should read the Soviet dissident-turned-Israeli politician’s book “”The Case for Democracy.” The plummeting popularity of his foreign policy has apparently done nothing to harden Bush’s soft spot for Sharansky, who quit politics last year to become the founding chairman of the Institute of Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center.

Bush has agreed to attend a June 4-6 conference in Prague, titled ““Democracy and Security: Core Values and Sound Policies,” that is being co-sponsored by Sharansky’s Jerusalem-based institute. The other headliners include Sharansky, former Czech president Vaclav Havel and one-time Coalition of the Willing member Jose Maria Aznar, the former prime minister of Spain.

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