New FDI Screening Law: Not What Slovakia Needs, But What it Deserves

In just the first week of February, Slovakia expressly adopted a new law on screening of investments. While FDI screening is more than necessary, its rushed preparation has left the legislation markedly flawed. A...

China in the Slovak Security Strategy: A Step in the Right Direction?

Slovakia is no longer naive about China. However, an effective policy towards Beijing is still a distant goal.  China is significantly increasing its power potential and political influence, based on rapidly growing military capabilities,...

China’s Fight Against “Erroneous Opinions”

China has been trying to control narratives on the Hong Kong protests in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. The results have been mixed at best. On August 19, the Center against Terrorism and...

The Curious Case of the China-Loving Slovak Parliamentarian Ľuboš Blaha

A Member of Parliament of the Slovak Republic Ľuboš Blaha led a parliamentary group on a visit to China in the second half of August, visiting Beijing and Tibet. Blaha’s real-time inflammatory 'reports' from the trip parroting...

Comparative Analysis of the Approach Towards China: V4 and One Belt One Road

China’s emergence over the last two decades as one of the world’s major economies has had a transformative impact on international economic relations. Its rise as a global economic power has shifted the geographical concentration of financial...

Political and Security Implications of Chinese Investment in Slovakia

The following text is a summary of an invitation-only seminar organized by the Institute of Asian Studies (IAS) in Bratislava in April 2019, attended by the representatives of several ministries and state bodies, experts from universities and...