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NATO – Ten Years After
NATO – Ten Years After

Author(s): Dušan Fischer
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences
Published by: Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Keywords: Ten years of NATO membership, Slovakia, V4

Summary/Abstract: Slovakia joined NATO in 2004 during the biggest enlargement period in NATO’s history. Slovakia’s invitation came later than those of the other three countries in the V4 Group, the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland. Moreover, having joined NATO the institutional reforms and appetite for full-fledged membership eased slowly over the last decade and its membership can be seen in terms of undeserved opportunities and the untapped potential of the country. The following article examines changes in Slovakia shortly before and after it became a NATO ally. It discusses the advantages and disadvantages of membership. The article then analyzes the problems Slovakia continues to face, particularly concerning financial problems. It analyzes the untapped potential Slovakia currently possesses. Then the article looks at areas of engagement in which Slovakia should use its potential, including the active open door policy, regional cooperation, and its future strategy for involvement.

  • Issue Year: XXIII/2014
  • Issue No: 01-02
  • Page Range: 90-101
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English