The White Paper and my Alliance Experience


At the time of forming the team around a designated defence minister Alexander Vondra, in the early summer 2010, there was no doubt that we need a complex concept document, able to analyze and describe the then situation, to readjust directions and goals for defence department, so that it could stimulate the follow-up transformation of Czech Army. The author, who used to be one of the leading Defence Ministry officials, thus made use of his experiences he gained in NATO structures. He gives an apt, well-founded, and first hand description of key points of this very fresh military history.

Jiří Šedivý, M.A., Ph.D., born in 1963, from 1990 till 1993 he studied at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, (FF UK) English, political science; 1993-94: he continued at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London (M.A. 1994), 1995-99 extramural doctoral studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague (Ph.D. 1999). As his father was a famous political nonconformist, historian Jaroslav Šedivý (after the Velvet Revolution ambassador to France and foreign minister, 1997-98), he had experienced before 1989 dozens of job of works, including manual ones. From 1992 he was employed at the Institute of Political Science, Faculty of Arts, Charles University; professor at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and at the same time he delivered lessons at the University of New York, Prague. Researcher and lately the director of the Prague's Institute of International Relations (ÚMV); from September 2006 till January 2007 Czech defence minister. In the year 2007, deputy vice-chairman of the Czech government for European affairs; 2007-2010 deputy NATO secretary general for defence policy and planning. Shortly a deputy minister of defence for foreign affairs, from November 15, 2010, first deputy minister of defence. Since September 1, 2012, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to NATO.

Country: Czech Republic


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