The Czech Republic

A Small Contributor or a Free Rider?

Published in: America's New Allies: Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic in NATO / Edited By Andrew A. Michta (Seattle, Wash.: University of Washington Press, 1999), Chapter 4, p. 112-148

Posted on RAND.org on December 31, 1998

by Thomas S. Szayna

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The authors analyze the strengths and liabilities that accompany the 1999 addition of a former Soviet satellite nation, the Czech Republic to the ranks of the 16-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This controversial enlargement of NATO formalizes the new geopolitical realities in Eastern Europe and forces the U.S. military to confront the prospect of defending these former enemies against armed attack.

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