Yomkippur War from the Perspective of Czechoslovak Diplomacy


This study presents the perspective of Czechoslovak diplomacy on the events of the Yom Kippur War (1973) in the context Czechoslovak foreign policy towards the Arab-Israeli conflict in early 1970s. The research is based on so far rather underexplored archival sources. Despite Czechoslovakia's declared unequivocal support for the Arab side of the conflict, Czechoslovak Middle Eastern policy since the mid-1950s was not entirely unconditional in relation to the Arab countries. Internal documents of Czechoslovak government occasionally revealed criticisms of Arab representatives. The Yom Kippur War represented a significant moment in this regard, as it was a military confrontation initiated not by Israel but by the Arab coalition, posing a challenge for Czechoslovak propaganda. Simultaneously, this armed conflict presented an opportunity for Communist Czechoslovakia to further deepen its relations with its Arab allies.

Mgr. Eva Taterova, M.A., Ph.D., born 1987, works as a researcher at the Institute of Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic. She earned her PhD in International Relations from Masaryk University, Czech Republic, and her M.A. degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her research interests include foreign policy and diplomacy of Czechoslovakia during the Cold War, history and politics of the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli conflict, and anti-Semitism in Central Europe. She teaches various courses related to these topics for university students in the Czech Republic and abroad.

Country: Czech Republic



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