By Vladislava Gubalova, Roland Freudenstein, Orsolya Ráczová, Marcin Zaborowski, Alena Kudzko, Federica Prandin, Juraj Kuruc, Sebastian Schäffer, Jana Kazaz, Karin Filkászová, Anushka Kaushik, Jakub Wiśniewski.

A collection of papers on the perception of current issues including geopolitics, challenges of the post-pandemic world, inflation, cyber-warfare and many more authored by GLOBSEC’s policy experts.

In recent months Central Europe has quite unexpectedly emerged as one of the most geopolitically vulnerable and crucial regions of the world. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, global rivalries between the United States, China, Russia and the European Union have acquired new meaning. The future global order is rather being decided, at present, in Eastern Europe.

In the meantime, old challenges faced by Central Europe have not disappeared. The post-pandemic recovery had been progressing incrementally in the region – levels of inflation were already more pronounced than elsewhere in the developed world. The region’s health, education and social service systems have still not reached the levels of Western Europe. There are also now more immediate emergencies: the war spurred unprecedented migrant flows into Poland, Slovakia and Czechia. Refugees need jobs, housing, education and other basic services.

Given the pressing need to coordinate responses to all these challenges, the present moment could provide a historic opportunity that the Visegrad Group could leverage to its advantage.