Policy paper PCTR: Czech-American Relations: A Roadmap for the Future

The Prague Centre for Transatlantic Relations of the CEVRO Institute (PCTR) organized in 2014, in cooperation with the American Think-tank Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a project which was supported by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. One of the outcomes is the bilingual policy paper “Czech-American Relations: A Roadmap for the Future”.

The authors are Czech (Lukas Kovanda, Tomas Pojar, Jiri Schneider, Alexandr Vondra) and foreign experts with personal relations to the Czech Republic (John K. Glenn, Bruce P. Jackson, A. Wess Mitchell, Cameron Munter). Moreover, they also come from various opinion spectra. The aim of the paper is to evaluate Czech-US relations in the past 20 years and to analyze the causes of their current stagnation. Last but not least, the policy paper also offers specific recommendations on how to proceed in the development of these relations.

For instance, Dr. Romach Joch (director, Civil Institute) says about the policy paper: “The paper is based on a realistic assessment of the situation and it avoids sentimentality. It results in the fundamental principles (which it calls the commandments), on which the Czech-American relations should be built, and includes eight specific recommendations. These ten points should be read and studied not only at the ministries of foreign affairs and defense, but also at the relevant committees of the Deputies and the Senate. It is difficult to devise recommendations which would be better and more realistic than what this paper brings. For this reason, I can highly recommend it to Czech politicians and statesmen and experts on foreign policy, defense and transatlantic relations."

The Executive Director of the NATO Information Center in Prague Dr. Petr Zlatohlávek also commented on the policy paper: “The document “Czech-American Relations: A Roadmap for the Future” is compact and it is in a form that will be accessible not only to government officials and legislative power, which are assumed target groups, but also for the public. This policy paper is an excellent basis for a discussion and formation of the Czech foreign policy - not only in relation to US – but on all levels."