Polish and Czech Security Policy: (No)Discrepancies Project
The Institute of International Relations organized in cooperation with the polish Centre for International Relations and with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland an expert seminar where a report from the "Polish and Czech Security Policy: (No)Discrepancies" project was presented.
The main objective of the project is to strengthen Polish-Czech cooperation so as to jointly face challenges in the field of security in the region, facilitate the exchange of information and opinions between young Polish and Czech opinion leaders, experts, politicians, NGO activists and media representatives regarding Russian policy towards Central European countries in the context of situation in Ukraine, and work out common conclusions useful to decision-makers in both countries.
During the first project’s meeting held on 16 June 2015 in Warsaw, the participants discussed similarities and differences in Polish and Czech perception of contemporary threats to European security, talked over different scenarios, and tried to identify fields for cooperation and areas of commonality in order to find ways in which obstacles to harmonisation of the two countries’ positions could be overcome. The participants concentrated upon searching for solutions to the key differences, enabling for bringing together the political standings of the two countries.
The findings and recommendations formulated on the basis of the debate were presented in the form of a (no)discrepancy report during a briefing in Prague on 26 October 2015.
The project was co-financed from the funds granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland in the competition for the public task “The Polish-Czech forum for the sake of closer acquaintance of societies, enhanced cooperation and good-neighbourly relations 2015.
- Opinions of the project participants - Security perception by Michal Šimečka, Researcher, IIR Prague
Opinions of the project participants - European Security Strategy by Benjamin Tallis, Researcher, Co-ordinator of the Centre for European Security and the Editor-in-Chief of New Perspectives journal at the IIR Prague