Neither security nor development?
"Neither security nor development? Czech and Hungarian identities and interests in the provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan", an article by Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň and Balázs Szent-Iványi published by the East European Politics journal, builds on the securitisation and post-development literature and it scrutinises the Czech and Hungarian legitimising discourses of the two countries’ respective Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in the Logar and Baghlan provinces of Afghanistan from 2007 to 2013.
In spite of the hybrid civil–military character of the PRTs, their security–development nexus was absent and they were respectively securitised and “developmentalised” only indirectly and to a varying extent. The PRTs were mostly justified by the Czech Republic's NATO membership as an identity issue and they were justified as a Hungarian national interest and as both an obligation and an opportunity. Rather than merely importing NATO's arguments as suggested by the previous literature, the depoliticisation and positive connotation of the intervention in Afghanistan was constructed by the domestic NATO-related identities and interests in the Czech Republic and Hungary.
East European Politics is a refereed journal which publishes articles in the government, politics and international relations of the post-communist space.