Erik Pajtinka

Pridelenci obrany a ich postavenie v súčasnom systéme diplomacie

(Defense Attachés and Their Position in the Contemporary Diplomatic System)

Politické vedy, Volume 22, Number 3/2019, pages 89-111



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PAJTINKA, E. 2019. Pridelenci obrany a ich postavenie v súčasnom systéme diplomacie. In Politické vedy. [online]. Vol. 22, No. 3, 2019. ISSN 1335 –2741, pp. 89-111. Available at:


The defense attachés are a specific category of diplomats which are entrusted with the performance of specialized diplomatic functions within the framework of military diplomacy. The aim of this study is to analytically outline the current position of defense attachés in the contemporary diplomatic system and their specifics, particularly in terms of the process of their accreditation and organization within the diplomatic corps. It is observed,  there are three basic categories of defense attachés: military attachés, dealing mainly with army agenda, naval attachés, specializing in navy issues and air attachés, focusing on air force affairs. Besides, defense attachés can be divided into resident, having their permament seat in the receiving state, and non-resident, having their office outside the territory of the receiving state. In this connection,  the accreditation of non-resident defense attachés residing in their own sending state, can be observed in recent years as a new practice implemented by some states In terms of organization in the receiving state, an important feature of defense attachés is that they  are not only members of the „regular“ diplomatic corps , but they used to be simultanously associated within a so called military diplomatic corps that is a separate entity, having its own specific organization and rules.    

Key words: defense attachés, military attachés, naval attachés, air attachés, military diplomatic corps, associations of defense attachés, military diplomacy

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