Mission of the Czech Republic in Afghanistan: The Trial of New Dimensions


The Czech Republic became involved in ISAF in 2002, among others we sent there both field hospital and field surgical team; later meteorological group, traffic control group with EOD team began to serve at the Kabul International Airport. In 2004, the 601st Special Force Group was engaged in Enduring Freedom operation, Czech soldiers served in German Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), positive role was played by Czech Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team. Another successful mission was establishing PRT Logar, supporting social, economical development in this province. New common features of PRT, helicopter OMLT, EUPOL mission, partly SOG is the concentration on building Afghan capacities, namely ANSF (Afghan National Security Force) and public administration. Together with their deliberate support, it has multiplying effect, as assistance and training bring more effects than mere fulfilling standard military tasks, guarding e.g. Dutch base.

Libor Stejskal, Ph.D., born in 1977, graduate of the Public and Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University (FSV UK), 2003-2004 study stay in Denmark, at the University of Copenhagen. From April 2008 till February 2009 he worked as a security expert of the Czech Republic-led provincial reconstruction team (PRT) in Afghanistan's Logar Province. At present he is an academic worker of the Centre for Social and Economic Strategies, Faculty of Social Sciences (CESES FSV), Charles University. He explores security concepts and theories, the roles of citizens during security building in modern societies, security systems reform, security policy both the EU and the CR. He is a joint author of several books, his texts appeared in few collections and journals.

Country: Czech Republic


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