Agenda for Czech Foreign Policy 2015

April 13, 2015

AMO-color-bez textuPublisher: Association for International Affairs, Czech Republic

The Czech government should distance itself more strongly from Czech President Miloš Zeman’s views of the Ukrainian crisis and the Islamic State, as well as other issues, according to this Association for International Affairs annual report.

“The President is currently a problem of Czech foreign policy and it cannot be assumed that his excesses, which are damaging to the Czech Republic, will be solved by simple coordination meetings,” the report states. “The government should therefore constantly, positively and objectively show that Prague Castle’s stance is political folklore, but not the position of the Czech Republic.”

The recommendation is one of 10 contained in the report, which each year offers an analysis of how Prague is handling foreign affairs.

“The year 2014 was one of the most dramatic years in international politics since the end of the Cold War and it became patently clear that the idea that major international issues did not concern the Czech Republic was a delusion,” editors Vít Dostál and Jakub Eberle wrote in the report’s opening chapter.

“Russia’s aggressive policy leading to the annexation of Crimea and the asymmetric war in eastern Ukraine, together with the rise of the Islamic State and the record waves of refugees at EU borders, meant that the main challenges for Czech society were no longer merely economic prosperity or the fight against corruption. As Minister Zaorálek aptly put it, the hour of diplomacy had arrived, and the future of Czech society was closely tied to foreign policy.”

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