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Czech Foreign Policy – Small State or Middle Power Approach?

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Cabada, Ladislav

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Abstract The majority of countries in the world are small states. Their role grew up rapidly in the period after the Second World War and especially after the end of the Cold War. In this period new themes appeared in the international relations and small states profiled on them as so-called middle powers. Development aid and cooperation or support for human security were two such a themes. The Czech Republic too could in the near future aspire to become a medium-sized power. Czech foreign policy was formed in the dynamic period after the end of the bipolar conflict of the Great Powers and the disintegration of the Czechoslovak Federation. Nevertheless, since the very beginning the Czech Republic has been able to define its clear priorities, often with reference to the historical development of Czechoslovak statehood. The euphoric period when the Czech Republic was established could be one of the reasons why the first official concept of Czech foreign policy was presented as late as 1998. These policies, and later policies since 2002, represent a combination of small state and medium-sized power strategies. The article analyses which themes could be the vehicle for transforming Czech foreign policy from that of a small state towards the policy of a middle power.
Classification International Relations, International Politics, Foreign Affairs, Development Policy
Free Keywords small states; middle powers; foreign policy; international relations; Czech Republic
Document language English
Publication Year 2005
Page/Pages p. 30-45
Journal Politics in Central Europe, 1 (2005) 1
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications