Karel Kovanda is a former Czech dissident and representative in NATO. He believes that US and the Czech Republic share common goals when it comes to foreign policy. Describing this connection he says, "we detect a strand of idealism in US foreign policy which appeals to us: for better or worse. President Masaryk's country - our own - was founded on the strength of Wilsonian idealism, back in 1918. It is an idealism dedicated to freedom and democracy".
- Karel Kovanda,How do the new EU/NATO members prepare for the Common European Security and Defense Policy? A Czech View, The Cicero Foundation, 11-December-2003, Accessed 10-June-2009