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Becoming a member of the EU and NATO in 2004 fulfilled the SlovakRepublic’s foreign policy priorities after gaining independence in 1993. At the same time it was an international acknowledgement of reaching the end of the internal democratic transformation after the fall of the communist regime at the turn of the 80´s and 90´s and the division of Czechoslovakia. But at the same time, membership in EU and NATO brought a number of essential challenges as well as opportunities for Slovak foreign policy. The subject of this paper will be the post-accession framework of the foreign policy and the number of new factors to which Slovak governments since 2004 are trying to find answers. Needless to say, this process is far from being at its end, similarly as in all of the new EU and NATO member states.

Slovakia is a netto contributor to peace and secur...