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Lacking Foreign Policy Consensus

Petr Kratochvíl contributed an article to the Europe Policy Paper 1/2015 titled "A Region Disunited? Central European Responses to the Russia-Ukraine Crisis", edited by Joerg Forbrig and published by the German Marshall Fund of the United States. His contribution focuses on the lack of consensus in the Czech foreign policy, with the most visible example of it being the approach towards Russia.

Like the other post-communist countries of Central Europe, the Czech Republic’s foreign policy priorities in the 1990s were heavily concentrated on the accession to NATO and the European Union. The focus on these two goals created the illusion that Czech foreign policy elites shared a consensual view of the country’s future. However, with these goals achieved in 1999 and 2004 respectively, this illusion was shattered. Today, many important foreign policy issues, including the nature of Czech security commitments as well as involvement in European integration, have become subject to debate, with political differences growing rather than decreasing. Nowhere is the lack of foreign policy consensus more visible than in the country’s approach to Russia, particularly the recent Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

You can read the policy paper here.

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