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dc.contributor.authorRichterova, D-
dc.identifier.citationInternational History Review, 2018, 40 (1), pp. 108 - 132en_US
dc.description.abstractThe nature of engagement by communist states with international terrorism remains contested. Furthermore, it represents one of the most enigmatic aspects of the Cold War. This article challenges the notion that the Soviet Bloc provided uniform active support to late Cold War terrorists and suggests new categories of host. To demonstrate the complexities and paradoxes of state-terrorist relations we examine Communist Czechoslovakia’s relations with Carlos the Jackal - the most notorious terrorist of the period. The historical consensus remains that Carlos was supported by the Eastern Bloc. However, as newly-released Eastern European secret service documents show, attitudes of Moscow’s allies varied considerably. Czechoslovakia was, at best, a temporary and ‘anxious host’. The arrival of major terrorists in such ‘anxious’ states were in fact often unannounced, uninvited and undesired - yet the hosts fell short of arresting the terrorists either due to ideological affinity or fear of retribution. From his first visit to Prague, Carlos the Jackal was considered to be a threat and a reputational hazard by the Czechoslovak State Security (StB). Gradually, the StB adopted subtle measures aimed at deterring the return of Carlos and his Group. Finally, in the mid-1980s, they artfully ejected the Jackal and his accomplices from its territory, but without risking formal expulsion.en_US
dc.format.extent108 - 132-
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.subjectCarlos the Jackalen_US
dc.subjectCold Waren_US
dc.titleThe anxious host: Czechoslovakia and Carlos the Jackal 1978-1986en_US
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