The Middle East and the Maghreb in the Czech Foreign Policy

Author
Marek Čejka, Jan Daniel, Michaela Lubin
Content Type
Book
Institution
Institute of International Relations Prague
Abstract
In 2017 the Czech foreign policy toward the Middle East and the Maghreb did not witness significant shifts and followed the wider goals established in the previous years. It continued to be oriented on the stabilisation of the states affected by the wars in Syria, Iraq and Libya, limiting the number of refugee arrivals to Europe, strengthening the business co-operations with promising regional partners and enhancing the co-operation and strategic partnership with Israel. Accordingly, economic diplomacy, security assistance and humanitarian relief remained the dominant modes of engagement with most of the countries in the region. Similarly to the previous years, the Czech policy mostly reactively followed the common EU positions, while being proactive regarding the issues concerning Israel and, to a lesser extent, also Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Libya. The Czech policy for the Middle East did not strongly enter the domestic public debate. The only exceptions were the conflicting positions on the issue of the Czech embassy’s relocation to Jerusalem and the role of the ambassador in Syria.
Topic
International Relations, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, Economics, Migration, Refugees
Political Geography
Iraq, Middle East, Israel, Libya, Syria, Jordan, Czech Republic, Maghreb