Threats from the East and the South as V4 Defence and Security Cooperation Catalysers


Recent developments in security environment in the last two years re-opened crucial European debates such as the reform of the NATO architecture to address resurgent Russia to the East and as finding common European solution to migratory pressures that test both national capabilities and European solidarity. Even through the Visegrád countries do not always share common interests, the V4 manifests that it can play indispensable role in reaction to these developments. However, V4 still lacks actually proactive regional approach that would accommodate polish interests in order to keep informal leader Poland invested in this cooperation format. Polish elections mean one more challenging test for the V4 to coordinate positions before the crucial NATO Warsaw summit. Should this endeavor be unsuccessful, Poland could look to other formats that mirror its interests and threat perception more closely meaning that V4 would take a back seat with regard to NATO agenda. The task for the Czech V4 presidency is to produce practical results in ongoing ambitious project in defence cooperation so that is demonstrates the cooperation’s ‘added value.’

Capt. Jakub Kufčák, born in 1989.  He works at the moment as an analyst in the Association for International Affairs (AMO) and as a contributing editor for the Portál odborných studentských textů (POST). Before that he collaborated with the Committe on Foreign Affairs, Security and Defence of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic as a research assistant. Mr. Kufčák graduated in 2012 from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague – Bachelor programme International Area Studies and obrained his Master`s degree in German and Austrian Studies as summa cum laude at the same faculty in 2014. In 2010/2011 spent Mr. Kufčák one semester at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He also completed, in 2013, a one year Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program at the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI). To his fields of interest belong German foreign and security policy, problematics of Georgian NATO membership and defence cooperation in V4 format.

Country: Czech Republic


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