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.
Another invitation-only expert debate focusing on critical challenges of the Czech energy sector took place on December 8. Tomáš Pleskač, ČEZ Board Member and New Energy Division Director, opened the discussion with a presentation on the construction of the new nuclear unit Dukovany 5.
For the first time, Prague Center for Transatlantic Relations became the partner responsible for the content of the Better Czechia 2021, the annual Forbes conference.
Geopolitics is back. Since 2014 our region has been again confronted with the political instability at its borders, the incertitude created by the tectonic processes in global politics and economy, and the rise of new security threats. One of the reactions to those processes is strengthening cooperation in the CEE region, represented by initiatives such as Trimarium or Bucharest Nine.
We kindly invite you to a discussion with Francise Fukuyama, which will take place on the 3rd of November from 5:30 PM at the CEVRO Institute.
Another invitation-only expert debate focusing on critical challenges of the Czech energy sector took place on November 2. Vladimír Dlouhý, President of The Czech Chamber of Commerce, and Jiří Feist, Strategy Director of EP Energy, opened the discussion with their remarks.
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.
- 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.