What do Slovak stakeholders think about foreign policy? What are the most important issues that the Visegrad 4 and the EU should focus on in the near future? What has been perceived as the biggest success and failure of Slovakia’s foreign policy since in the past decade? What are their thoughts on the Visegrad cooperation? How do they see the future of the EU and NATO?
In the end of 2015, we finalized a unique regional survey on foreign policy trends in Visegrad countries. It was based on data collected from over 400 practitioners and opinion-makers from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia. This survey-based research included a variety of national and European policy issues such as foreign and EU policy priorities, allies and partners, successes and failures, assessment and prospects of Visegrad cooperation, and EU policies and transatlantic relations. Based on our findings, we will commence a public debate on the Slovak results and the future of the Visegrad 4, also in the context of the latest developments in Poland and on the EU level.
The debate will be held at Klariska 14, Bratislava on 18 January 2016, 14.00-16.00.
Presentation of the Slovak results:
- Martin Bútora, foreign policy advisor to Slovak President Andrej Kiska and former Slovak Ambassador to the USA
- Pavol Demeš, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States, Bratislava
- Vít Dostál, Research Director, Association for International Affairs (AMO), Prague
- Andrej Matišák, journalist
To participate, please register at [email protected] by 14 January 2016.
The event and the study is part of the Trends of Visegrad Foreign Policy 2015 project. The project demonstrates the extent of cohesion and areas of disagreement in this influential Central European grouping. It has addressed relevance of particular foreign policy issues, quality and importance of relations with individual countries, future of the EU as well as expectations regarding the Visegrad cooperation, international affairs, and transatlantic relations. The acquired data can thus serve as an information basis for a subsequent analysis of the Czech, Polish, Hungarian and Slovak foreign policy and the V4 itself. By comparing different positions of the stakeholders we can get better understanding of the existing obstacles in mutual Central European cooperation.
The project is implemented in cooperation with the Association for International Affairs (AMO, Prague), the CEU Centre for EU Enlargement Studies (CENS, Budapest), and Institute of Public Affairs (ISP, Warsaw).