Czech Security Dilemma

Russia as a Friend or Enemy?

  • Jan Holzer
  • Miroslav Mareš

Part of the New Security Challenges book series (NSECH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Jan Holzer, Miroslav Mareš
    Pages 1-14
  3. Miroslav Mareš, Jan Holzer, Tomáš Šmíd
    Pages 15-53
  4. Jan Holzer, Martin Jirušek, Petra Kuchyňková
    Pages 55-89
  5. Martin Jirušek, Petra Kuchyňková, Tomáš Vlček
    Pages 117-149
  6. Pavel Boček, Jan Holzer, Radomír Vlček
    Pages 197-220
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 233-235

About this book


This volume examines the future directions of Czech international policy through an interdisciplinary analysis of both historical and current Russian-Czech relations. It analyses Czech relations with Russia based on their historical heritage underpinned by the superpower’s behaviour and interests in the Central European region. The book’s central theme is the current Czech security dilemma in which the Czech political community perceives Russia as a security threat, but also would prefer to cooperate with Russia to ensure its security. The authors give a full overview and explanation of Czech-Russian relations, while also explaining the current dilemmas within the Czech Republic’s political, cultural and economic community.

Jan Holzer is Professor of Political Science and Principal Researcher in the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

Miroslav Mareš is Professor of Political Science and Principal Researcher in the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University, Czech Republic.


Czech Repulic Russia-Czech relations Czechia security studies Czech foreign policy soviet and eastern europe historical analysis Czech politics security threat Russian international policy interdisciplinary foreign policy North Caucasus Diaspora Language, Literature and Cultural Czech-Russia relations Russian history security dilemma Central European region Russian interests in East Europe new security challenges Czech political community Russian threat

Editors and affiliations

  • Jan Holzer
    • 1
  • Miroslav Mareš
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Political ScienceMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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