Cover Osteuropa 6/2010

In Osteuropa 6/2010

Adieu, Missile Defence?
Security Policy Thinking in Poland and the Czech Republic

Nikola Hynek, Vít Střítecký

Deutsche Fassung


The United States dealt Polish and Czech security policy experts a hard blow in autumn 2009. U.S. President Barack Obama declared plans for the deployment of a missile defence system outdated. With that, he ended for the time being a debate that expressed in exemplary fashion the similarities and differences in security policy thinking in Poland and the Czech Republic. In Poland, a broad consensus on missile defence held sway, and Warsaw resolutely backed bilateral negotiations with the United States. Prague, where sceptics existed even in the government, wanted to let NATO take part in talks.

(Osteuropa 6/2010, pp. 75–82)