Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations

The Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations (PCTR) was established in November 2009 as an internal research, education and advisory facility of CEVRO Institute.
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Message from the Chairman of the PCTR Board

By joining NATO In 1999 the Czech Republic has gained the best security guarantees in its modern history. It does not mean that we are to idly sit with our hands folded in our laps and do nothing. Security cannot be taken for granted. The quality always depends on our will to do something for it and make sacrifices. This fact is applicable not only for us at home but also for cooperation with our allies. The world is not a safe place; security threats of today are less predictable and therefore potentially more dangerous.

Principles

  • The preservation and the strengthening of the ransatlantic link represent a key contribution to Czech and European security.
     
  • As the future of transatlantic relations is increasingly questioned, it is desirable that academic institutions in the new NATO member states devote a part of their research capacities to help solve the challenges facing the transatlantic agenda.
     
  • Scepticism toward cooperation with the United States has been on the rise in the Czech Republic and some other Central European countries. It is important to prevent the recent difficulties in US–Central European relations from growing into a refusal of the very idea of transatlantic alliance.
     
  • The concept of transatlantic relations should not be limited to NATO. In fact, transatlantic relations include a much wider range of issues spanning politics, security, economy and culture. In particular, US–EU relations are gaining special prominence.

Goals

  • Conduct systematic research in the area of transatlantic relations with a special emphasis on US–Central European relations.
     
  • Develop practical solutions to problems in transatlantic relations and produce analyses and policy recommendations that can be used in decision-making processes in the Czech Republic and in other countries of Central Europe.
     
  • Join the Czech, European and US debates on the challenges that transatlantic cooperation faces.
     
  • Put on the agenda those topics related to transatlantic relations that have been neglected in the Czech and in the Central European foreign policy debates.
     
  • Cooperate with European and US research institutions and thereby introduce Czech perspectives on transatlantic relations to a wider audience abroad.

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