The first issue of 2022 of the Czech Journal of International Relations is out!

Dear readers, the first 2022 issue of the Czech Journal of International Relations is out amid turbulent times. Awaiting you are two research articles, focusing on the transition in the international monetary system and the development of Czechoslovak diplomatic attitude towards the Arab-Israeli conflict. You can also look forward to three book reviews. The issue is in Czech.

We wish you pleasant reading!

The first research article, titled Přechod k multipolárnímu měnovému uspořádání? Trendy v měnové koncentraci a internacionalizaci dolaru, eura a renminbi, is written by Vojtěch Sadil and Juraj Sipko. The article evaluates whether the current international monetary system shows a transposition into a multipolar monetary arrangement by analysing the prospects of three key currencies: the US dollar, the Euro, and the Chinese Renminbi. Monetary concentration and the potential of monetary internationalization are analysed, using a new approach: the fuzzy-logic model, which includes, both, economic and political factors. The conclusions of the study demonstrate the existence of a trend of transposition into a multipolar monetary arrangement.

The second research article by Eva Taterová is titled Proměny přístupu československé diplomacie k arabsko-izraelskému konfliktu v letech 1948–1967. It examines the evolution of Czechoslovak foreign policy towards selected actors of the Arab-Israeli conflict in 1948–1967, and argues that once very friendly relations of Czechoslovakia with Israel were soon replaced by a gradually developing cooperation with some Arab actors. Despite long-term ideological disputes with Arab nationalist leaders, the pro-Arab orientation had become the unquestionable line of Czechoslovak Middle East policy in the Cold War. Using the New Cold War History approach, the article interprets previously unpublished information from archival documents. Furthermore, it offers a partial analysis of Czechoslovakia’s diplomatic position as a satellite state of the Soviet Union with regard to its foreign policy strategies towards selected Middle Eastern countries in the first two decades of the Cold War.

The new book reviews in this issue are:

Blanka Knotková-Čapková, Aleš Karmazin a kol.: Asijské hierarchie v postkoloniálním kontextu: politické, sociální a kulturní dimenze (review written by Zdeňka P. Kyselová)

Jan Hornát and Lucie Kýrová (eds.): America First: Příčiny a kontext volebního vítězství Donalda Trumpa (review written by Michal Himmer)

Ivan Krastev: Už je zítra? Aneb jak pandemie mění Evropu (review written by David Jágr)