• HE Stephen B King, the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic, paid a visit to the University of Defence on Friday, 16 November 2018, to present the contemporary challenges of security and defence policy for the United States in a lecture for the General Staff Course trainees and other university staff, teachers and students.
Stephen King’s visit crowned the Embassy’s celebrations related to the centennial anniversary of the establishment of Czechoslovakia. The American diplomat mentioned in his speech the hundredth anniversary of US – Czech (or Czechoslovak) diplomatic relations established on 12 November, saying: “Hundred years ago, Tomáš Garrique Masaryk and other leaders of that time expressed the desire of your nations to have your independent country”.
His lecture though focused on the contemporary security and defence US policy. In the context, Stephen King appreciated the contribution of Czech units deployed in the overseas missions and condoled the recently deceased four soldiers in Afghanistan. He confirmed, talking about the transatlantic relationships, the support to democracy and values shared with Europe. The US Ambassador said that the USA have shed too much blood to leave Europe unassisted. In the following debate, the students asked questions concerning various security issues, such as radical Islam, major security threats resulting from the strengthening position of China, or the relations of the United States to the Russian Federation. Stephen King pointed out the risks of using Russian investments in power industry, particularly nuclear, utilised to affect Czech national politics.
Before the lecture, Colonel Ludek Jedlicka welcomed the guests to the University of Defence as the vice-rector for development and internationalisation. He briefed the US Embassy representatives on the history and present of the only military university in the Czech Republic. Stephen King used the following discussion to ask more information of students’ language training or university’s cooperation with similar foreign institutions.
Author: Viktor Sliva