Territorial Prioritization of Czech Military Diplomacy in 1992-2018
(Územná prioritizácia českej vojenskej diplomacie v rokoch 1992-2018)
Politické vedy, Volume 24, Number 2/2021, pages 40-61
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Kutěj, L. 2021.Territorial Prioritization of Czech Military Diplomacy in 1992-2018. In Politické Vedy. [online]. Vol. 24, No. 2, 2021. ISSN 1335 – 2741, pp. 40-61. Available at: DOI: https://doi.org/10.24040/politickevedy.2021.24.2.40-61
After changes in Czechoslovak political regime in autumn 1989 it could be expected that the new foreign and security policy would reflect in the sphere of military diplomacy. In the Czech Republic, it has traditionally come under the competence of the Military Intelligence as a strategic intelligence agency. Its territorial configuration necessarily reflects the information interest of the intelligence agency in selected territories and in existing and predicted threats. The paper researches whether priorities in the territorial arrangement of Czech military diplomacy have been able to reflect the change in the security situation in the past thirty years. The research shows that no fundamental changes were actually made in 1992-2005 and even the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU and NATO did not lead to immediate territorial transformation of Czech military diplomacy. The period from 2005 until present is characterized by the fact that information interests are the decisive motive for changes in the territorial configuration of Czech military diplomatic offices.
Key words: Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic, Military Attaché’s Office, Military Intelligence, Military Diplomacy, Territorial Priorities