And Eisen has results to demonstrate the practical value of this dynamic. Under his tenure, defense ties with the Czech Republic have broadened and deepened. With his active involvement, the Czechs have increased their troop presence in Afghanistan. On issues ranging from helicopters, to defense R&D, to mitigation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats, both U.S.–Czech bilateral and NATO multilateral collaboration are advancing.
Finally, Eisen, the son of a Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia, has placed special emphasis on the trilateral U.S.-Czech-Israeli relationship. The authors of this piece were both present at the recent official Czech–Israel Forum, a meeting of officials from both nations that Eisen had encouraged and to which he led a delegation of U.S. observers.
As a student of history whose family suffered under totalitarianism, Eisen has been a strong and clear voice on the Iranian threat, supporting the firm Czech line on Iran.
Eisen’s initial nomination as ambassador was placed on hold over concerns about his role in the termination of an AmeriCorps official. He was then given a one-year recess appointment by President Obama in December 2010.
His nomination moved through the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with strong bipartisan support and is up for consideration on the Senate floor.
Eisen has done an admirable job for the U.S. in Prague. The Czechs like him, too. In the interests of both countries, he deserves to be confirmed by the Senate.
— Kenneth R. Weinstein is president and CEO of Hudson Institute. John O’Sullivan is editor-at-large of National Review.
editor’s note: This article has been amended since its initial publication.