The research project Trends of Visegrad Foreign Policy sought to explore and compare the views held by foreign-policy communities of Visegrad Group countries. The aim was to identify in which areas a common Central European ground can be found and where priorities and visions of the four states diverge the most.
Which countries are seen as the most important partners and the closest allies? What European issues are deemed to be the most important in the coming years? What areas should the Visegrad Group focus on? What events are considered the greatest successes and the most profound failures since 2004?
The project follows on the research projects Trends of Czech Foreign Policy: Study of Foreign-Policy Elites (2011), Trends of Czech European Policy: Study of European Policy Elites (2013) and Trends of Eastern Partnership: Important, Forgotten, or Irrelevant? Stakeholders’ Survey on Post-Vilnius Eastern Partnership (2014/2015), conducted by the Association for International Affairs (AMO). The research projects drew inspiration and methodological guidance from Trends der deutschen Aussenpolitik by the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP) and the YouGov Survey by British think-tank Chatham House.
The project was carried out in three stages between April and November 2015. First, the questionnaire and a database of potential respondents were prepared and consulted in detail. Between July 20 and September 6, 2015, the inquiry took place. Afterwards, the research team analyzed and evaluated the collected data. The whole project was rounded off in November 2015 with the publication of project results and public presentations thereof in V4 capitals and Brussels.
A wide range of foreign-policy trendsetters were approached to participate in the survey. The foreign-policy community was conceptualized as those politicians and civil servants outlining the course of foreign policy, along with other key stakeholders (primarily experts and journalists) contributing to the public debate. Specifically, the target group included:
The questionnaire, comprising 24 questions, was distributed electronically via an online survey platform Survey Monkey. The questions can be topically divided into the following areas:
There were several types of questions. Respondents were most often asked to express how much they agreed with, or how much significance they attached to pre-defined statements. Some questions were multiple-choice. Others were open-ended and required spontaneous answers. These were further categorized, i.e. converted to a higher degree of abstraction. A numerical scale was used in one case. Respondents were free to skip any question. The answers were gathered anonymously, i.e. the collected data cannot be attributed to specific persons.
Vít Dostál (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director of the Research Center, Association for International Affairs (AMO)
Andrej Chovan (CEPI), Aleksander Fuksiewicz (IPA), Lyudmyla Tysyachna (AMO), Zsuzsanna Végh (CENS)
The following technologies were used in processing the results of the project. All technologies are free and open for non-commercial use.
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