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118 50 PRAHA 1
Mala Strana (Czech Rep.)
Tel: 00420/ 251 108 111
Fax: 00420/ 251 108 222
Web Site http://www.iir.cz
6th International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”, 19-20 November 2014, IIR, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
2014 was already the sixth year in which the Institute of International Relations organized this phenomenally successful symposium on Czech Foreign Policy, traditionally held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The history of this unique event goes back to 2009. That year’s symposium was the first time that there was a presentation of Czech foreign policy aimed at the professional and public community, and it had a slightly different, previously unseen format. The VIth International Symposium was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the 19th to the 20th of November, 2014. Read more
The conference “The Prague Agenda 2014”, 4-5 December 2014, IIR, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
The international conference “The Prague Agenda 2014”, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Institute of International Relations in Prague was held on 4–5 December 2014.
The aim of this international conference, the fourth of this kind, was to further discuss the issues related to the “Prague Agenda” announced by US President Obama in April 2009. The prospects and challenges related to the 2015 NPT Review Conference as well as regional aspects of the nuclear disarmament in the Middle East and Asia were in focus. Non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament and security were among the main topics discussed. The whole world should be able to secure its space against potential nuclear threats. Europe is mostly in danger in this respect because of the increasing possibilities of Middle Eastern countries gaining nuclear materials and technology. Read more
A public lecture in cooperation with Forum 2000: “The Internal Balance of Power in Current Russia and the Opposition´s Chances to Reach Out to the Society”, 14 October 2014, IIR, Forum 2000
Forum 2000 in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations presented a public lecture with the title “The Internal Balance of Power in Current Russia and the Opposition’s Chances to Reach Out to the Society” by Professor Andrey Zubov who is a Russian historian and political scientist, a Doctor of History, and a former Professor of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO).
Read more here.
The international conference sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund on “The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further” took place on 30 April 2014 and is co-organised by IIR, HIIA, PISM, SFPA
(The Institute of International Relations in Prague in cooperation with the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and the Slovak Foreign Policy Association). The event will take place on Wednesday, 30th April 2014 and sumed up the findings of a two and a half year project carried out with the support of the International Visegrad Fund. The conference also expanded the horizon so that all the relevant themes were considered through the prism of the 10 year anniversary of the EU membership of the V4 countries.
Zoltán Gálik of the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs in Budapest; Agata Gostynska of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw; Roderick Parkes of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw; Anita Sobják of the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw and Tomáš Strážay of the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association in Bratislava appeared among the distinguished speakers. Report.
The Institute of International Relations organised a public lecture with a subsequent discussion by Graham Avery – a Member of St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford; a Senior Adviser at the European Policy Centre, Brussels; and an Honorary Director General of the European Commission. The lecture will was held on April 29 in the IIR.
The panel discussion was organised together with the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission.
The sustainable social development of South East Europe is crucial not only for the political and social stability of the region, but also for the entire European Union. The objective of this event was to present, assess and mutually learn from the diverse experiences of the donors and implementers of EU and bilateral projects, notably those under the umbrella of the EU’s Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) and the transition policy and development cooperation of the Czech government. The ultimate goal of the event, which as held on 24 April 2014 at the IIR, was to find synergies between the European and Czech instruments in this context. Among the speakers were Henk Visser (Programme Manager, Unit D3, Regional Programmes, DG Enlargement, European Commission) and Namik Hadzalic, the LOD Capacity Development Coordinator.
Mats Braun, The Europeanization of Environmental Policy in the New Europe – Beyond Conditionality, Ashgate Publishing, April 2014
Prior to the European Union (EU) 2004/2007 enlargement there were several predictions that this event would hamper progressive decision-making within the EU on environmental policy. It was believed that the new member states had adopted EU rules as a consequence of the EU’s conditionality and consequently they would rather slow down the reform speed in the field after accession.
In this book, Mats Braun offers an up-to-date account of how post-communist member states have handled policy initiatives in the field of environmental policy after accession. Using detailed case studies of how Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Poland and Romania dealt with two different EU policy initiatives – REACH and the Climate-Energy Package – he explores whether social norms and the process of socialization can help us understand why the track record of the new member states in the area of environmental policy is more varied than was originally envisaged prior to the enlargement.
The book will be presented to the public in the Institute of International Relations on 23 April 2014.
Vít Beneš, Mats Braun, contribution to the publication Differentiated Integration in the EU – From the Inside Looking Out, CEPS, 28 January 2014
Vít Beneš and Mats Braun contributed to the new CEPS publication on the external dimension of the multi-speed, multi-tier European Union. The publisher, the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS), is among the most experienced and authoritative think tanks operating in the European Union today. The authors include (apart from Mr. Beneš and Mr. Braun) Steven Blockmans, Richard Corbett, Elaine Fahey, Ester Herlin-Karnell, Theodore Konstadinides, Adam Łazowski, Claudio Matera, Juan Santos Vara and Csaba Törő.
The IIR together with the Polish Institute of International Affairs and the partners of the project organized an expert workshop held on March 12 at the IIR. The workshop consisted of three panels: “Disentangling the Sovereign and Banking Crises”, “The Banking Union and the Future of the Eurozone Integration” and “Doing Business Inside and Outside the Banking Union”. Among the participants were Endre Domonkos, an Associate Professor at the Budapest Business School, Georgy Ganev from the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Bulgaria and Patryk Toporowski from the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) in Poland. More information can be found here.
The IIR together with the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung organized an international conference held in the Great Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference provided an insight into the rise of populism in the European Union, which is now, before the elections in the European Parliament, a topic of special importance. The keynote speakers were Petr Drulák, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Ernst Hillebrand, the Head of the Department for International Policy Analysis of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Berlin, and among the other speakers appeared Bálint Magyar, a former Minister of Education in Budapest, Tanja Binder, a member of the “Wahl-O-Mat” scientific team in Germany, Kai-Olaf Lang from the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik in Berlin, Josef Janning, a Mercator Fellow at DGAP Berlin, and Agata Gostyńska from the Polish Institute of International Affairs in Warsaw. More information can be found here.
A seminar on “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis”, 9. December 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague.
On 9 December the IIR hosted a seminar with Professor Carsten Q. Schneider from the Central European University, Hungary on “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis”. The seminar was divided into two parts: “The Challenges of Qualitative Comparative Analysis” and “Doing Qualitative Comparative Analysis”. The seminar was part of the project entitled The Cooperation Network for Research of the Non-European Areas (RESAREAS). More information available here.
A conference on “Gender in Development and Post-Conflict Peace-Building”, 5 December 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Prague.
On 5 December the IIR hosted a public lecture entitled Gender in Development and Post-Conflict Peace-Building. The keynote speaker of this conference was Claudia von Braunmühl, an Honorary Professor of International Relations at Freie Universität Berlin. The lecture addressed gender in development and post-conflict peace-building because while each of these policy areas has its own characteristic features, overarching gender stereotypes and patriarchal attitudes operate in both of them. More information available here.
The V. International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”, with a specific focus on “Democracy and Democratization”, 12 -13 November 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
This year the Symposium focused on the support for democracy in Czech foreign policy. After the domestic views were presented and some newly elected Czech politicians voiced their opinions, foreign experts spoke about how our support for democracy is viewed by those living in other countries. Apart from many well-known Czech participants such as Karel Schwarzenberg (Member of the Parliament, TOP 09, former Minister of Foreign Affairs) the conference welcomed the following speakers, among others: Adrian Basora, the Director of the Project on Democratic Transitions at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and a former US ambassador to Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic, and Charles Gati, a Professor from Johns Hopkins University who presented his new publication Zbig: The Strategy and Statecraft of Zbigniew Brzezinski at the conference. More information available here.
On 12 and 13 November IIR together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted fifth year of symposium on Czech foreign policy.
Since May 20, 2013 the Institute of International Relations, Prague has a new director, Petr Kratochvíl. His research interests cover theory of international relations, European integration, Central and Eastern Europe, the religion-politics nexus and international political philosophy. He has published about a hundred monographs, edited volumes, book chapters, and articles, among others in Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of International Relations and Development, Europe-Asia Studies, and Journal of Communist and Post-Communist Studies.
On 10 October the IIR together with CERI–Sciences Po, Paris and CEFRES hosted an international conference at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague, entitled “The National Perspectives on the Future of the EU”. The conference provided insight into Czech, Polish, German, French and British views of the future development of the EU. Keynote speakers at the conference included Christian Lequesne, Director, CERI-Sciences Po, Paris; David Cadier, Fellow, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London ; Piotr Maciej Kaczyński, Policy Adviser, European Parliament, Brussels; Barbara Lippert, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin; Thomas Raineau, Université Paris IV – Sorbonne, IRICE, Paris; and William Paterson, Honorary Professor of German and European Politics, Aston Centre for Europe, Aston University, Birmingham, Petr Kratochvíl, Director, Institute of International Relations, Prague and Vladimír Handl, Researcher, Institute of International Relations, Prague. Here you can consult the event’s website.
Conference on “German Federal Elections 2013 and German-French Tandem in Europe – Implications for German-Czech Cooperation”,14 October 2013, The Institute of International Relations and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation
On 14 October the IIR together with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung hosted an international conference at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague, entitled “German Federal Elections 2013 and German-French Tandem in Europe – Implications for German-Czech Cooperation“. The aim of the conference was to analyze the role of German-French tandem in the EU in the context of the euro zone crisis and the radical change in German energetic, this all in connection to federal elections, which were held on 22nd September 2013. Among the speakers were: Nico Lange, Deputy Head of Department Politics and Consulting, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Berlin, Stefan Heinlein, ARD-Studio Prague; Barbara Kunz, Head of “European Dialogue“ Section; Foundation Genshagen, Elsa Tulmets, CERI, Paris, Professor William E. Paterson, Aston University, Birmingham, Vladimír Handl, Institute of International Relations, Prague, Felix Christian Matthes, Öko-Institut, Berlin, Member of Energy Advisory Group of European Commission for Energy Roadmap 2050. Here you can consult the event’s website.
„Recent rise of the non-Western parts of the world makes the need for a genuine global dialogue more urgent than ever before. To take an effective part in it, the West needs to face a conceptual challenge. The Western understanding of the political world is based on such deeply ingrained concepts as power, politics, statecraft, cooperation, multilateralism, dependence, identity or human rights. The Westerners tend to wrongly assume that everyone else is bound to share these concepts. This book shows that the reality is different. Investigating African, Asian, Islamic and Latin American political thinking, the book introduces non-Western concepts of politics as well as non-Western readings of seemingly familiar Western concepts. By doing this, it points to the obstacles to the global dialogue as well as to opportunities which may be exploited.“
Contents: Petr Drulák: Introduction: For a Global Dialogue – Arlene B. Tickner: Core-Periphery Knowledge Exchange: The Case of Latin America – Francis B. Nyamnjoh: Politics of Back-Scratching in Cameroon and Beyond – Petr Kratochvíl: Islamic Democracy: A Contradiction in Terms? – Petr Drulák: Chinese Political Metaphysics: The Book of Changes – Šárka Moravcová: The Liberation Project: A Mexican Experience – Petr Skalník: Chieftaincy and Political Culture: The Case of Ghana – Miloš Mendel: Dar al-Islam, Dar al-Harb and Hijra: Classical Paradigms in Modern Arab World – Wang Fan: Chinese Traditional Culture and East Asian Security Cooperation – Miroslav Jurásek: Dependence Theory: Comparing Latin America and Africa – Zora Hesová: Human Rights and Islam: Constitutional Debates in Egypt and Tunisia – Michal Kolmaš: Multilateralism: United States and Japan – Šárka Moravcová: Conclusion: Between Traditionalism and Westernisation. More information on the book.
To innovatively explore various facets of European integration is the aim of a new book “The EU as a Political Actor: The Analysis of Four Dimensions of the EU’s Actorness” edited by Petr Kratochvíl. The unifying theme of the book is the EU´s actorness in international affairs. In this new publication edited by Petr Kratochvíl four individual dimensions of its actorness are explored – the EU´s legitimacy, its external recognition, its attractiveness, and its power to frame policy. These four dimensions are explored both theoretically and in the context of several empirical case studies. The book will be of utmost interest to both practitioners and students of European integration. You can consult the book here.
Ondřej, Ditrych, To Catch a Fogle, Institute of International Relations, Prague, May 2013, available here.
Public lecture “The Arab Spring: The Moroccan Perspective”, 10 June 2013, the Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague. A public lecture and a subsequent discussion with Abdelilah Benkirane, Prime Minister of Morocco.
This special issue includes contributions on this topic from leading scholars from China, India, Brazil, Russia, Japan and Turkey. These countries were chosen in order to provide a variety of perspectives and reflect inherent European interests.
More information and editorial from professors of the University of Oxford, Hartmut Mayer and Jan Zielonka, you can read on the website http://www.perspectives.cz!
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Elsa, Tulmets (ed.): Identities And Solidarity In Foreign Policy: East Central Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood, Institute of International Relations, Prague 2012.
The concepts of identity and solidarity have become particularly relevant in the context of regional integration. However, larger comparative approaches to the foreign policy identity of EU members remain rare, even after the EU’s Eastern enlargement in 2004/07. There is even less work on solidarity in foreign policy. The core idea of this publication is thus to investigate the link between identity and solidarity in the foreign policy of members of the European Union (EU), in particular its East Central European (ECE) members. Although many publications account for an interest in ECE foreign policies, only few analysts have tackled them in a comparative perspective. In fact, the study of ECE policies was so far constrained by the political agenda of accessions to the EU and the fi eld of foreign policy remained underestimated.
In collaboration with CERI–Sciences Po, Paris the IIR arranges a one day conference with the heading – “Germany in Europe: Franco-Czech Reflections”. Venue – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Czernin Palace), The Mirror Hall, Prague.
Please find more information on the programme here.
In collaboration with the EPIN Network, CEPS and EUROPEUM, the IIR arrange a one day conference with the heading – On top of it all: A mid – life crisis in the EU? Political dynamics in Europe 2012. Venue – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Czernin Palace), The Mirror Hall, Prague.
The calendar of IRR Events – Conferences, Lectures, Seminars, Roundtables is available here.
The conference was co-organised with the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the Hungarian Institute of International Affairs and the Slovak Foreign Policy Association. The conference was sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund (IVF) and it is part of the project The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further led by the IIR. The project is dedicated to enhancing academic, diplomatic, political and public policy cooperation of the four Visegrad countries (V4), with participation of the IIR, HIIA, PISM and SFPA and with support of the IVF.
Perspectives (ISSN 1210-762X) is a peer-reviewed journal published twice a year in English. Its subtitle is The Review of International Affairs. It has been published since 1993 and peer-reviewed since 2002. By now it has established itself as the leading journal in Central and Eastern Europe, dealing with ranges of issues from international relations theory to contemporary international politics, including regional and global issues that affect international relations.
Articles published in Perspectives are always based on strong theoretical framework and use sound methodological instruments. In order to ensure that these high standards are met, every article submitted for publication undergoes the process of peer review. Thus, at least two or three world’s leading experts in the field concerned are asked to submit their review report on the article. Based on this report, the article is either published or sent back to the author for revision or turned down.
All the volumes of the IRR Journal Perspectives can be download here.
Karabakh’s Twenty Years Crisis: The EU Should Do More is a new policy paper by Ondřej Ditrych. Twenty years have passed since the armistice in the Nagorno Karabakh conflict was concluded. The EU, while designing an ambitious agenda to create a ring of peaceful and prosperous states in its neighbourhood, has so far eschewed more direct engagement in this matter. This policy paper argues that it should eschew it no longer, and outlines how it can do so without an excessive commitment on its part. Read more.
Petr Kratochvíl, Tomáš Doležal, The Ideational Clinch of the Roman Catholic Church and the EU: The Europeanization of the Catholic Clergy’s Discourse?, article, Journal of Language and Politics, 22 May 2014.
This article by Petr Kratochvíl and Tomáš Doležal was published in the impacted Journal of Language and Politics. The article explores the so far largely ignored question of the political relations between the European Union and the Roman Catholic Church. It analyses the deeper mutual ideational influences of the two entities, asking whether there has been a convergence of views about several basic political notions between the Church and the EU. Read more.
The Institute of International Relations organized a presentation of policy papers by Tomáš Dopita and Anes Makul with a subsequent discussion on “What Should the New European Commission Do About the Western Balkans?”.
The Czech Republic has been one of the foremost supporters of the enlargement process in the Western Balkans. However, recently the public support for enlargement has decreased significantly in the EU and the Czech Republic alike, and the newly elected President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker declared that no further enlargement will take place over the next five years. Moreover, while the current enlargement policies work well with most of the Western Balkan countries; Bosnia and Herzegovina is left to fail in this respect because it is not able to speak with a single voice. Can it be that the European public could block enlargement to the Western Balkans for much longer than “only” five years?.
Read more here.
After decades of discussions, the EU offered very little to mitigate its democratic deficit. Now, faced with three imminent crises (the debt crisis, the euro crisis, the banking crisis), the “EU leaders” do not seem to bother with the questions of the democratic accountability and legitimacy of the EU’s / eurozone’s “economic governance”. This paper tries to revisit the democratic deficit debate. Some of the contributors to the debate conceptualized the democratic deficit as an imbalance between executive and legislature. But the conceptualization of the democratic deficit applied in this paper is different. In my conceptualization, I follow an iconic phrase uttered by Abraham Lincoln: “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people”. On a more abstract level, a system of government is legitimate if those who are governed (government of) correspond to those who govern (government by). A democratic deficit occurs if a people are governed (government of the people), but they themselves do not govern.
Please read the entire publication here.
On 14 January 2014 the IIR hosted an international conference “Beyond North/South and East/West: Understanding Global Inequalities and Diversity”. Among the speakers were Czech researchers as well as Asian, African or Latin American academic experts. The conference was held in Czernin Palace at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
This conference was co-financed by the European Social Fund and the state budget of the Czech Republic within the project entitled The Cooperation Network for Research of the Non-European Areas (RESAREAS).
Rudolf Fürst, Filip Tesař, China’s Comeback in Former Eastern Europe: No Longer Comrades, Not Yet Strategic Partners, the Institute of International Relations, 24 June 2014
New publication edited by sinologist Rudolf Fürst and his colleague Filip Tesař focuses on the relations among China and the states of so called “B-grade group” of the 16 post-communist states inside the EU. Their mutual dialogue perhaps cannot evolve into the kind of sophisticated sectoral dialogue with China that already exists on the EU-PRC partnership level; but still, their new 1+16 format for better ties with China is a new opportunity. In China the European post-communist transformation was under-researched and ideologized, and thus, the diversity and value of the non-western European regions may receive a new review and a new appreciation from China.
Anes Makul, Can the European Public Block the Enlargement to the Western Balkans?, policy paper, the Institute of International Relations, 10 October 2014
Although a European perspective was granted to the Western Balkan states during the European Council summit in Thessaloniki in 2003, the majority of European citizens, according to the Eurobarometer opinion poll, did not support further EU enlargement in 2013. The author, from a pro-enlargement position, cautiously asks, “Is there a danger that the ‘pressure’ of public opinion will help to postpone a further enlargement for much longer than ‘only’ a five year period, or even block it forever?” And what is the answer? Read policy paper by Anes Makul.
Tomáš Dopita, How Should We Deal with the Discrimination and Dysfunction in Bosnia and Herzegovina? Towards a New European Approach, policy paper, the Institute of International Relations, 1 October 2014
Bosnia and Herzegovina’s internal structure is regarded as discriminatory and dysfunctional. The process of European integration is stalled there. There is an urgent need to increase both the top-down and the bottom-up pressure on the local politicians so that they would pursue the necessary reforms. The top-down pressure on the country’s politicians can be enhanced by a rationalisation of external institutional relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina, namely by the closure of the Office of the High Representative. The bottom-up pressure on the local political representatives can be improved through societal integration in everyday life. Also, the current trend of the disintegration of common institutions and material structures needs to be countered. The country’s societal integration should be nurtured by improving the means for common education, cargo and transport, private business and enterprise, agricultural production, and trade.
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