The Impact of NATO Membership in the Czech Republic: Changing Czech Views of Security, Military & Defence

by Ivan Gabal, Lenka Helsusova, Thomas S. Szayna

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This paper examines the impact of the Czech Republic's accession to NATO on the views of the Czech public toward security and defence issues and the military. The findings are based on a comprehensive questionnaire administered in 2000-01 to a random sample of over 1000 Czech adults. As far as the authors know, this was the first comprehensive effort undertaken to assess empirically the changes in attitudes toward defence in a new NATO member country. The paper also presents a causal model, estimated through a structural equation modelling programme, that discerns the deeper logic in the formation of Czech attitudes toward NATO.

Originally published in: Conflict Studies Research Centre, G107, March 2002, pp. iii-iv, 1-44.

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