Neither security nor development? Czech and Hungarian identities and interests in the provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan


This article builds on the securitisation and post-development literature and it scrutinises the Czech and Hungarian legitimising discourses of the two countries’ respective Provincial Reconstruction Teams (PRTs) in the Logar and Baghlan provinces of Afghanistan from 2007 to 2013. In spite of the hybrid civil–military character of the PRTs, their security–development nexus was absent and they were respectively securitised and “developmentalised” only indirectly and to a varying extent. The PRTs were mostly justified by the Czech Republic's NATO membership as an identity issue and they were justified as a Hungarian national interest and as both an obligation and an opportunity. Rather than merely importing NATO's arguments as suggested by the previous literature, the depoliticisation and positive connotation of the intervention in Afghanistan was constructed by the domestic NATO-related identities and interests in the Czech Republic and Hungary.

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Divisions: School of Social Sciences & Humanities
School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Politics & International Relations
School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in East European politics on 04/03/2017, available online:
Uncontrolled Keywords: securitisation,development,security-development nexus,provincial reconstruction team,Afganistan,Czech Republic,Hungary,Development,Geography, Planning and Development,Political Science and International Relations
Full Text Link: http://www.tand ... 165.2015.107879
Related URLs: http://www.scop ... tnerID=8YFLogxK (Scopus URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2015
Published Online Date: 2015-10-05
Authors: Horký-Hlucháň, Ondrej
Szent-Iványi, Balazs (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-5883-4601)



Version: Accepted Version

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