News from AMO

We are delighted to introduce the English version of our annual anniversary publication Agenda for Czech Foreign Policy 2016. The authors critically assess the destructive steps of the President and the Czech reaction to the refugee crisis. On the other hand, they praise deepening of mutual cooperation with Germany and South Korea. On the whole, the performance of the Czech Republic on the international scene in 2015 has been marked with C+. The release of the publication was supported by the Prague Office of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation and the Czech Development Agency and Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the Programme of the Foreign Development Cooperation of the Czech Republic.

In light of the refugee crisis, which hit the EU last year, the existing European asylum and migration policy turned out to be ineffective. Do you have an idea what might be the key to a sustainable European asylum and migration policy? What financial and institutional means are necessary to back up such a system? AMO in cooperation with the Institute of Active Citizenship, supported by the Heinrich Böll Foundation Prague, is announcing a contest which aims at identifying novel and innovative proposals for a new reformed European asylum and migration policy architecture. Please structure your ideas into 2-page abstracts in Czech or English which should be submitted to Zora Hesová at by June 23. Four final policy papers will be presented in a public moderated discussion in September.

The contest within the Republican and Democratic Parties for presidential nominations will culminate in July at the national conventions. The way the presidential campaigns are funded and the stance of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the existing US trade policy are examined by Jakub El-Ahmadieh and Kryštof Kruliš in their briefing paper. The upcoming elections and TTIP were also discussed at the press briefing with the US expert Sherman E. Katz. The photos are available here. The paper and the event were kindly supported by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom.

The inauguration speech of the new Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has confirmed the expected departure from the previous adherence to the “one-China” policy. How Beijing should adapt its approach to cross-strait relations to reflect the current needs, is explained by Michal Thim in South China Morning Post.