Expert: NATO membership makes Czechs safer than at any time

Photo: Ian Willoughby, Radio Prague International

Czechia, along with Poland and Hungary, joined NATO exactly 25 years ago, on March 12, 1999. But how has Czech membership of the alliance actually gone over the last quarter century? And how has Russia’s war on Ukraine impacted that membership? I discussed those questions, and many more, with Michal Smetana, an international security expert and associate professor at Charles University.

Czechia officially joined NATO on March 12, 1999. How significant a moment was that for Czechia?

“It was extremely significant for Czechoslovakia and then Czechia, at that time. This was a period when we were going through a transformation from the communist era to a new orientation toward Western structures.

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Author: Ian Willoughby