When Peter Burian left the Slovak Embassy last year to return to the foreign ministry in Bratislava, U.S.-Slovak relations were strained, with Washington complaining about a lack of democratic progress in the Central European country.
That was one reason the Slovak Republic was dropped from the list of new candidates for NATO.
On a recent visit, Mr. Burian, now responsible for human rights, saw a change.
"U.S.-Slovak relations have been developing quite well recently," he told Embassy Row last week after three days of meetings with administration and congressional officials.
Mr. Burian said he had a "very frank …