Cover Osteuropa 4-6/2021

In Osteuropa 4-6/2021

Great Powers, Small World
The United States, Russia, and China in Czech Foreign Policy

Ondřej Ditrych

Deutsche Fassung


The Czech Republic’s relationship with the European outside world oscillates between rapprochement and isolation, a desire for recognition and a fear of losing its identity. With the “return to Europe,” the sense of facing constant threats seemed to have been overcome. Yet, fear returned – and with it the search for powerful allies. For some, this was to be the United States. But their slow withdrawal from Europe is fuelling a sense of forsakenness. Others seek protection in Russia or even in China. The argument between the supporters of these concepts is preventing Czechs from overcoming their fears and gaining a clear view of real dangers that can only be countered in a united Europe.

(Osteuropa 4-6/2021, pp. 219–234)