Blanka Hančilová

Articles by Blanka Hančilová

6 October 2009

Obama's missile defense rethink: The Czech reaction

Blanka HančilováDaniel Bagge

The reactions of Czech politicians to the September 17 announcement that the United States will shelve its plans for a radar in the Czech Republic as part of its European missile defense system varied from charges of betrayal to warm acceptance. In general, Prague focused on the political fallout of the decision, rather than the system's technical shortcomings, which U.S. President Barack Obama cited as one of the key reasons for scrapping it.