Cover Osteuropa 9/2009

In Osteuropa 9/2009

A Sense of Duty
Czechs to Afghanistan!

Jan Eichler, Nikola Hynek

Deutsche Fassung


All of the East Central European states are participating in the international mission in Afghanistan. The Czech Republic even has its own regional Provincial Reconstruction Team in the fiercely contested province of Logar. Offi-cially, the Czech government gives the same reasons for sending soldiers to Afghanistan as other NATO states. In fact, however, there can be no talk of Czech interests in the Hindu Kush. Instead, the point is to present the Czech Republic as a civilised state, which, by means of its presence in Afghanistan, proves its successful socialisation into the Western community of values.

(Osteuropa 9/2009, pp. 65–76)