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The Czech Republic and „New“ EU Common Security and Defense Policy: Time of Crucial Decisions

Abstract:

In the shadow of the profound transformation of the security environment, the long rejected idea of a multi-speed Europe in defence is taking shape. What is the Czech Republic’s stance in this context? Is it ready to adapt and make defence one of the government’s priorities, or will it only passively observe the events around it and at some point tolerate another intervention or occupation of another power? The article outlines several practical recommendations to the Czech Republic in the area of military capabilities, armaments, defence research, defence industry and market, which could provide guidance in this process.

Vilém Kolín, PhD, MGS, born 1974. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague. He also studied at the Joseph Korbel School of International Studies at Denver University in the United States. In 2005-2006, he worked at the Institute of Strategic Studies of the University of Defence in Brno, in 2006-2010 at the Armaments Division of the Czech Ministry of Defence. Since 2010 he has been working at the European Defence Agency (EDA) in Brussels. He focuses on the Common European Defence and Security Policy, defence industry and market issues, defence research, and the implementation of international projects and programmes.

Country: Czech Republic

26/11/2018

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