Assessing the Czech Strategic Frontier
On Tuesday, July 17, CEPA hosted a roundtable discussion featuring Radek Vondráček, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies in the Czech Republic. The conversation was moderated by Peter B. Doran, President of CEPA.
After winning its post-communist independence, the Czech Republic has distinguished itself as a stalwart Atlanticist ally of the United States and embraced the highest ideals of the European Union. Today, however, the country’s strategic frontier features uncertainty on many sides: from the health and efficacy of the Visegrád Group to the role of Germany in European politics. Meanwhile, Prague has taken serious steps to modernize its military capabilities and support allies. As the Czech Republic attempts to foster and deepen its connections with neighbors, how might Czech leaders seek to balance their strategic priorities between fellow members of the European Union and the transatlantic community as a whole?
During this unique conversation among experts, CEPA considered pressing questions on the Czech strategic docket, including: how does Prague view its relationship with Germany on hot-button questions like the Nord Stream 2 pipeline; what does the future hold for multilateral cooperation among Visegrád Group members; how do Czech leaders view overtures from Moscow during a period of heightened geostrategic competition; and what practical steps can the United States take to tighten the moorings of economic and political cooperation with the Czech Republic?
Peter B. Doran
17 July 2018