Prague Center for Transatlantic RelationsThe Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations (PCTR) was established in November 2009 as an internal research, education and advisory facility of CEVRO Institute.
Kurt Volker accepted PCTRs invitation to visit the Czech Republic on September 6-9. His wife, Ia Meurmishvili, who works for the Georgian desk of Voice of America, accompanied him.
The debate focused on questions like How to secure energy self-sufficiency in the Czech Republic after closing coal power plants.
On the day of the NATO Summit in Brussels, almost thirty foreign and security policy experts, journalists and CEVRO graduates discussed the Czech-American political, military, strategic and business ties that have increased importance in the aftermath of the Vrbětice case.
While visting the Czech Republic in May, 2021, Benjamin Hodges made an appearance in the CEVRO Institute. You can now find the recording of the event here, or on the CEVRO Institute Youtube channel.
“There’s no doubt Joseph Biden is welcome in Europe. He’s a committed transatlanticist; his style is open and friendly; and most European leaders are comfortable with the broad contours of his liberal internationalist worldview. Most of all, he’s not Donald Trump, who baffled Europeans with his hostility and unilateralism.”
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.
Message from the President of CEVRO Institute
Joining Euro-American security and political structures was one the most prominent goals of the Czech Republic’s post-Communist reform policy. Achieving NATO membership was an important step in meeting this goal. Along with this achievement, however, there is also a permanent duty to infuse the Czech Republic’s membership in the Alliance with concrete and meaningful content addressing the reality of the ever-changing international security environment.
- 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.
- 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.