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EU Defense Cooperation and the Integration of post-Communist Defense Industries



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description Accelerated post-2016 developments in European defense cooperation have introduced a range of new vehicles for intensifying collaboration in CARD, the EDF, and most recently PESCO. The article examines the impact of these developments on the national defense industrial policies and industry strategies in two case studies of the fastest growing actors in post-communist Europe – the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. Due to general growth of defense industrial production across Europe, the article investigates whether these new collaborative opportunities are sufficient to alter the calculations of chosen varieties of defense capitalism and capable of transforming or relieving export pressures. To preview the conclusions based on in-depth analyses and key interviews, the instruments to overcome the notable division between “old and new Europe” in defense research, development, and production while poised for absolute gains are found to offer few relative gains in favor of integrating existing post-communist defense industries.
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