Wary of Russia, the Czech Republic Keeps Faith in NATO’s Collective Defense

A Czech soldier and U.S. paratroopers participate in a joint training, Germany, Nov. 20, 2014 (U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach).
A Czech soldier and U.S. paratroopers participate in a joint training, Germany, Nov. 20, 2014 (U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach).
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Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing series about NATO members’ contributions to and relationships with the alliance. Since joining NATO in 1999, the Czech Republic has been able to modernize its military capabilities while gaining extensive experience with the alliance’s expeditionary missions. But concerns about security in Eastern Europe have caused the government’s focus to shift toward collective defense. In an email interview, Zdenek Kríž, an associate professor of political science at Masaryk University, explains why support for NATO remains high among the Czech population as well as the country’s political and defense establishment. WPR: What is […]

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