Furthering close and strong ties with the Czech Republic and its people

From the Castle to the Capitol, American Friends of the Czech Republic fosters communication, encourages understanding, invites friendship, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and civic and cultural institutions.


The White House announced on August 30th the appointment of businessman, philanthropist, and AFoCR Chairman Fred Malek to chair the Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum.
Wilson Center President and CEO Jane Harman said, “Fred has long supported the Center in many capacities and earned the Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship in 2004. Beyond that, Fred and his wife Marlene are dear personal friends.” The Wilson Center was chartered by Congress as the official memorial to President Woodrow Wilson and is dedicated to addressing global issues through independent research and open dialogue.
Fred Malek is founder and chairman of Thayer Lodging. He was President and CEO of Marriott Hotels and Northwest Airlines, and Co-Chairman of CBRE. He was a partner with former President George W. Bush in owning the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. Mr. Malek is an active philanthropist. He was Chairman of the Board of Visitors of West Point, and is currently Founder and Board Member of the American Action Network, Founder and Chairman of the American Action Forum, and Chairman of AFoCR. In 2014 he received the Distinguished Graduate award from West Point as well as the ADL Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League.