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Recent publications from the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring 2016

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Petr Kratochvíl, EU Global Strategy Expert Opinion, No. 15, 05 February 2016

IIR Towards an EU global strategyWe present to you a special analysis of the EU Global Strategy by the IIR Director Petr Kratochvíl. Petr Kratochvíl was among the very few top EU experts selected to provide an opinion on the new EU Global Strategy. The European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) – in close cooperation with the Strategic Planning Division of the European External Action Service (EEAS) – has carried out a wide-ranging outreach and consultation process. As part of this process, the EUISS asked 50 well-known analysts and commentators – roughly half of them from inside, and half of them from outside the Union – to give their opinion on the priorities that the forthcoming EU Global Strategy should address and how. The resulting contributions are collectively reproduced in one volume and offer a rich selection of independent views intended to nurture the drafting of the strategy, and we are proud that our director, Petr Kratochvíl, is one of the experts contributing to this volume.

IIR V4 goes global

Patryk Kugiel (ed.), Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň, Rudolf Fürst, Jan Hornát et al., V4 Goes Global: Exploring Opportunities and Obstacles in the Visegrad Countries’ Cooperation with Brazil, India, China and South Africa, The Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) report supported by the International Visegrad Fund, Warsaw, March 2016

The Visegrad Group countries have become more active in pursuing their foreign policy outside Europe, focusing in particular on strengthening their cooperation with the emerging powers – China, India, Brazil and South Africa. When approaching these countries, however, they all have to struggle with similar barriers that result from different potentials and an absence of historical ties. The Visegrad Group can become a useful mechanism in overcoming these obstacles and enhancing relations with the emerging powers, but the four countries have to learn not only to compete, but also to cooperate on the global stage.

Markéta Wittichová, Bordering the Central Mediterranean Search and Rescue Assemblage,  Discussion Paper of the Institute of International Relations Prague, April 2016

Since the beginning of 2015, pieces of news about migrant boat disasters in the Mediterranean Sea have been filling the headlines of major national and international media. Search and rescue operations have been, in many cases, a line between life and death for people travelling to Europe in unsafe dinghies. Using assemblage thinking and Latour´s actor-network theory, this paper by Markéta Wittichová, an IIR Associate Research Fellow, analyses the (non)involvement of various actors in search and rescue operations. It further explores the boundaries of the Search and Rescue assemblage.

Lukáš Tichý and Nikita Odintsov, Can Iran Reduce EU Dependence on Russian Gas?, Middle East Policy, Spring 2016, Volume XXIII

This article written by the IIR Research Fellow Lukáš Tichý and the IIR Associate Research Fellow Nikita Odintsov tries to address the question of whether Iran can indeed decrease the EU’s dependency on imported Russian gas.

Markéta Wittichová and Jan Daniel, Peacekeeping Contributor Profile: Czech Republic, March 2016

Markéta Wittichová and Jan Daniel are the authors of the profile of the Czech Republic as a Peacekeeping Contributor on the server Providing for Peacekeeping. This project of the International Peace Institute, the Elliott School at George Washington University, and the Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect at the University of Queensland contributes up-to-date country profiles. Each profile examines recent trends related to UN and non-UN peacekeeping operations, the given country’s internal decision-making process on whether to contribute uniformed personnel to the UN, the rationales driving its contributions, the major barriers to contributing, current challenges, key domestic champions and opponents of the contributions, major capabilities and caveats, as well as providing sources for further reading. The profiles are available online and in PDF format.

Recent publications from the Prague Institute of International Relations – Winter 2015/16

 

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pub1Uroš Svete, Damijan Guštin, Janja Vuga, Rok Zupančič, Jelena Juvan, The Small State Facing Asymmetric Environment: A Reconsideration of the Identity? – The Slovenian Experience, Institute of International Relations, Prague, ISBN 978-80-87558-24-9.

The book The Small State Facing Asymmetric Environment: A Reconsideration of the Identity? – The Slovenian Experience, which was co-authored by our Associate Research Fellow Rok Zupančič and published by the IIR publishing house, analyses asymmetry in warfare from the perspective of a small nation by combining a historical, a defence-strategic and also a wider security approach, including certain moral-legal and technological dimensions. Its primary objective is to prove that small countries, “often endowed” with rich historical experience, can also significantly contribute to discussions of asymmetric warfare and understandings of conflicts. It thus aims to fill a gap in the field, as similar studies in the field mostly focus on powerful states. The book mainly focuses on Slovenian asymmetric experiences, as Slovenia went through a series of dramatic alterations in the last 60 years. The Slovenes were forced to use an asymmetric approach during the Second World War, but today Slovenia is a part of both NATO and the EU alliance. And thus it is increasingly faced with situations where an asymmetric approach is used against it (especially in Afghanistan). The book also analyses how the still present and strong historical memories of asymmetric warfare cause almost schizophrenic political and social reactions and a huge identity crisis in Slovenia. The authors argue that in Slovenia the division within the nation, which has escalated in World War II and the years that followed, is still present nowadays, and the planned reconciliation of the nation has not happened yet.

pub 2Petr Kratochvíl, Věra Řiháčková, Domestic political context since 1989: Russia as a dividing element in Czech society, Jacek Kucharczyk and Grigorij Mesežnikov (eds.), Commissioned by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung offices in Prague and Warsaw, Warsaw, 2015, ISBN: 978-80-906270-2-4 (Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague, Opatovická 28, Praha 1, 110 00, Czech Republic).
In “Diverging Voices, Converging Policies: The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict”

In order to explain the differing reactions of individual Visegrad countries to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict, the offices of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Prague and Warsaw asked their partner organizations to systematically analyze how these countries have dealt with the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The result is the report “Diverging Voices, Converging Policies: The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict”. Particular consideration was to be given to the differing historical experiences, public opinions, economic relations, and energy and foreign policies of the Visegrad countries. Our Director Petr Kratochvíl co-authored (together with Věra Říháčková) one of the contributions to this report.

Lukáš Tichý, The EU Integration Discourse in the Energy Relations with Russia, Slovak Journal of Political Sciences. Volume 16, Issue 1, Pages 60–85, ISSN (Online) 1335-9096, DOI: 10.1515/sjps-2016-0004, January 2016.

The energy issue has long been one of the most discussed and controversial topics in relations between the European Union and the Russian Federation. The intention of the present article is to provide an attempt to overcome the largely non-discursive way of looking at the energy interaction of the EU and the RF, a view which is also anchored in the security conditions, and to analyze EU energy relations with Russia in the years 2004 – 2014 through an integration discourse. On the theoretical level, the article is based on a critical constructivism, which in relation to the discourse as the main concept reflects a number of fundamental knowledge. At the methodological level, the article is based on discourse analysis as a basic methodological tool through which the author examines the EU text documents.

pub 3Michal Kořan et al., V4 Trust – the Czech Presidency of the Visegrad Group (2015–2016), The Think Visegrad – V4 Think Tank Platform, International Visegrad Fund, February 2016.

The V4 Presidency Mid-Term Review Report assesses the first half of the Czech V4 presidency and suggests key recommendations for the remaining time of the presidency. The assessment is based on the Presidency’s own priorities, but also on the overall context in which the Presidency is taking place. The report is based on individual opinions of its authors and also, partly, on existing analyses provided by Think Visegrad throughout the year 2015.

Past events of the Institute of International Relations Prague

Roundtable on “Central European Security: The Problem of Reassurance“, 17 September 2015, Institute of International Relations Prague, International Visegrad Fund

The roundtable discussed current security context of Central Europe with a view to the crucial problem of reassurance. The speakers (Jan Ruzicka, Lecturer in Security Studies, Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University, Jiří Schneider, Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects, Prague Security Studies Institute and Michal Kořan, Deputy Director, Institute of International Relations Prague) analysed the sources of insecurity and efforts to deal with them.

http://iir.cz/en/article/central-european-security-the-problem-of-reassurance

Conference on “Past and present-day lustration: similarities, differences, applicable standards”, 7 September 2015, the Institute of International Relations Prague, the Venice Commission, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic,

The IIR co-organized an expert conference on lustration on 7 September 2015. The main focus of the conference has been on the challenges posed by the second wave of lustration that started in the middle of the past decade. Among the speakers were for example Veronika Bílková, Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and current member of the Venice Commission; Anna Dolidze, Georgian Deputy Defence Minister; Serhiy Holovaty, advisor to the President of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine; Hanna Suchocka, former Polish Prime Minister and current member of the Venice Commission and Kateřina Šimáčková, judge of the Constitutional Court.

http://iir.cz/en/article/conference-on-lustration

News from the Institute of International Relations Prague

weblogo_CES_gb_RGB_221x96Introducing the new Centre for European Security

As Director Petr Kratochvíl noted when launching the Centre for European Security (CES) at the Prague Agenda Conference, the post-Cold War order and the European security landscape are changing rapidly and significantly, and the EU and its member states face new challenges at home and abroad. It is in this context that the IIR has established its new CES. The Centre will take up the challenge of exploring the new contours of the emerging global security (dis)order from a European – and particularly Central European – perspective. The CES is unique in the region in that it brings together experts from the fields of Security Studies and European Studies and in that it approaches security in the distinctly European ways that have emerged in the last twenty years. The Centre uses academic excellence as the basis for informing policy and public debates on security and is well positioned to provide fresh insight into security in Europe, the security of Europe and the role of the EU and its member states as security actors.

More information about CES here

Publications from the Institute of International Relations, Prague

LOGO_UMVPetr Kratochvíl, Von Falken und Russlandfreunden, Zeitschrift Osteuropa, Heft 9-10/2014

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Centre for European Security of the IIR, European Security Spotlight, Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations on-line series

We would like to introduce to you the recently launched publication series from the new Centre for European Security (CES) of the Institute of International Relations Prague. The European Security Spotlight series offers timely, concise, policy-oriented insights into European security affairs. Its regular analyses zoom in on events of major significance, assess their strategic implications, and offer policy guidance to relevant decision-makers in the Czech Republic, Central Europe, and the EU as a whole. Drawing on the academic expertise of IIR fellows and affiliated scholars, the purpose of the series is to provide additional context and analytical depth to help readers make sense of the fast-changing security landscape in Europe and its neighbourhood. The first six Spotlights can be found on our website: ‘Lebanon – Resilient for Now’ and ‘The Risks of (Anti-)Muslim Radicalism’ by Jan Daniel; ‘A Fragile Vote for Europe’ and ‘Syriza: A Greek Trojan Horse’ by Michal Simecka; and ‘All in the Same Boat’ and ‘From Vicious to Virtuous: Transforming the Ukraine Crisis’ by Benjamin Tallis.

http://iir.cz/en/static/centre-for-european-security – link to CES page from where all ESS can be downloaded.

http://www.dokumenty-iir.cz/ESS/ESS_1.pdf ‘Lebanon – Resilient for Now’

http://www.dokumenty-iir.cz/ESS/ESS_4.pdf ‘The Risks of (Anti-)Muslim Radicalism’

http://www.dokumenty-iir.cz/ESS/ESS_2.pdf ‘A Fragile Vote for Europe’

http://www.dokumenty-iir.cz/ESS/ESS_5.pdf Syriza: A Greek Trojan Horse?

http://www.dokumenty-iir.cz/ESS/ESS_6.pdf From Vicious to Virtuous: Transforming the Ukraine Crisis http://www.dokumenty-iir.cz/ESS/ESS_3.pdf ‘All in the Same Boat’
 

 

 

 

Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň, Transition Experience 2.0, IIR Policy Paper, December 2014 http://iir.cz/en/article/transition-experience-2-0

After twenty-five years of independent foreign policy making, the Central European countries must rethink their post-communist experience. The Transition Experience 2.0 narrative links the relatively successful development of the region not only to the political rights gained after 1989 but also to the social rights inherited from the socialist era.

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring 2014

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International conference sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund on “The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further”, 30 April 2014, IIR

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 oV4_logosf 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.

Public lecture by Graham Avery on: “Will Britain Leave the European Union?“, 29 April 2014, the Institute of International Relations, Prague

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.

Panel discussion on “Promoting Participatory Democracy in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, 24 April 2014, the Institute of International Relations 

The panel discussion was organised together with the Directorate General for Enlargement of the European Commission.

IPA_EC_logo_2The 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.

Publications Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR), Spring 2014

EuropeanizationOfEnvironmentalPolicy_BraunMats 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

Differentiated Integration in the EUVít 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.

Expert workshop on “The Eurozone and the Banking Union”, 12 March 2014, the Institute of International Relations,

Eurozone_logosEurozone_logosThe 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.

 

International conference on Popular or Populist Democracy in Central Europe?”, 27 February 2014, the Institute of International Relations, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

IIR logoFES logoThe 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.

Fall 2013 events at the Institute of International Relations, Prague

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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.

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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.

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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.
iir5This 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.

V. Symposium on Czech foreign policy, 12-13. November 2013, IIR, Prague

On 12 and 13 November IIR together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted fifth year of symposium on Czech foreign policy.

New Director of the Institute of International Relations in Prague

iirSince 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.

Past events at the IIR, Prague

Czech republicConference on “The National Perspectives on the Future of the EU“,10 October 2013, Institute of International Relations, CERI–Sciences Po, Paris and CEFRES

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.

Petr Drulák, Šárka Moravcová (editors), Non-Western Reflection on Politics

iirbPetr Drulák, Šárka Moravcová (editors), Non-Western Reflection on Politics, Peter Lang edition, 2013, ISBN 978-3-631-64354-9.

„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.

A new publication by Petr Kratochvil, IIR Prague

kratochvilCzech republicKratochvíl, Petr (editor),  The EU as a Political Actor: The Analysis of Four Dimensions of the EU’s Actorness, Nomos Publishers, June 28, 2013, isbn-10: 3832972234, isbn-13: 978-3832972233

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.

The Arab Spring: The Moroccan Perspective, IIR, Prague

Czech republicPublic 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.

The latest policy paper by Ondřej Ditrych, IIR

Ondřej, Ditrych, To Catch a Fogle, Institute of International Relations, Prague, May 2013, available here.

Special issue of “Perspectives”, Institute of International Relations in Prague

Czech republicNew, special issue of Perspectives, Vol. 20, No. 2, 2012, is dedicated to the fascinating theme of Europe, seen from the “outside”.

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!

TEPSA Member institutes among the TOP Think Tanks!

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We are proud to announce that according to the surveys conducted by the University of Pennsylvania, TEPSA Member institutes are among the best worldwide think tanks! Congratulations!!!

Extracts from the 2012 Global GoTo Think Tank Report:

Top 100 Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)

17. Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’, The Netherlands
26. The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)

Top 150 Think Tanks Worldwide (US and non-US)

92. The Institue of International Affairs (IAI), Italy
142. The Finnish Institute of International Affairs (FIIA)

Top 75 Think Tanks in Western Europe

16. ‘Clingendael’
20. DIIS
30. IAI
37. The Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA), Ireland
42. Real Instituto Elcano de Estudios Internacionales y Estratégicos, Spain

Top 60 Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe

41. The Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic

Top 70 International and Security Affairs Think Tanks

19. ‘Clingendael’
32. IAI
40. Elcano
66. IIR
70. The Institute of International Affairs (SIIA-UI), Sweden

Top 80 International Development Think Tanks

15. DIIS

Top 50 International Economic Policy Think Tanks

43. The Institute of World Economics of RCERS Hungarian Academy of Sciences

Elsa, Tulmets (ed.): Identities And Solidarity In Foreign Policy: East Central Europe and the Eastern Neighbourhood, Institute of International Relations, Prague 2012

Elsa, Tulmets (ed.): Identities And Solidarity In Foreign Policy: East CentralPrague public. 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.

Conference on Germany in Europe: Franco-Czech Reflections, Institute of International Relations, Prague (IIR), 18 October 2012

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.

 

Conference: On top of it all: A mid – life crisis in the EU? Political dynamics in Europe 2012, Institute of International Relations, 27 September 2012

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.

Institute of International Relations, Prague: Conference: The Visegrad Group and the Future EU Economy on “Standing Together or Falling Apart?”, 21 June 2012

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.

Conference: Beyond North/South and East/West: Understanding Global Inequalities and Diversity, IIR Prague, 14.01.2014

iirOn 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).

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Winter 2015/16

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Seminar on “Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment” 
29 February-1 March 2016
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prague

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, the U. S. Embassy in the Czech Republic, and the Prague Institute of International Relations conducted a seminar, “Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment,” at the MFA in Prague 29 February – 1 March, 2016. Over 60 senior security officials and experts from the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, and the United States analyzed current issues in Euro-Atlantic security, including Russia and the Ukraine conflict, ISIS and conflict in the Middle East, migration, and the upcoming NATO summit in Warsaw.  Opening speakers for the seminar were U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro, German Ambassador Dr. Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, and Czech Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Jakub Kulhanek.

 

“Russia and the World: 2015 IMEMO Forecast”, Prague Institute of International Relations, 29 January 2015


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The Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations Prague had the pleasure of hosting Boris Frumkin and Irina Kobrinskaya, two scholars from IMEMO (the Russian Institute of World Economy and Internacaruseltional Relations) who presented their institute’s annual forecast ‘Russia and the World’ for 2015.

More information can be found here.

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A conference on “Russo-Ukrainian Crisis and the Consequences for the EU”, 11 June 2015, IIR Prague, CERI–Sciences Po, Paris and CEFRES

The Institute of International Relations, CERI–Sciences Po, Paris and CEFRES organized a conference focusing on the very current topic of the Ukraine crisis. The conference, which hosted several distinguished speakers such as Christian Lequesne (Professor, CERI-Sciences Po, Paris), Marie Mendras (Senior Research Fellow, CERI-Sciences Po, Paris) or Jacques Rupnik (Senior Research Fellow, CERI-Sciences Po, Paris), tried to find new approaches to this heatedly discussed topic. You can now watch the video from the conference at the IIR website or the IIR YouTube channel, and a few photos from it are included as well.

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http://iir.cz/en/article/russo-ukrainian-crisis-and-the-consequences-for-the-eu

 

Publications from the Institute of International Relations, Prague

Michal Kořan et al., Czech Foreign Policy in 2013: Analysis, IIR Prague

This annual analysis is a part of a project of the Institute of International Relations, which, ever since 2007, aims to provide deep and thorough analyses of the Czech foreign policy. Every year the team of authors works with a single unifying framework in order to publish a comprehensive, coherent and multiperspective book that provides an insight into the Czech foreign policy. It consists of a focus on the political and conceptual background of the Czech foreign policy, and on the main agenda and the main actors carrying out this agenda, and it also looks into the media and public context of the foreign policy.

http://www.umv.cz/cz-detail-226967-czech-foreign-policy-in-2013-analysis.html

Gilles Lepesant, Fostering the Catching-Up Process of Central Europe: The Need for an Innovation-Oriented Cohesion Policy, IIR Policy Paper, June 2015

The future of the so far successful growth model of Central European economies, based on low-to-medium technology sectors, is under threat. The Central European countries have not undertaken sufficient reforms in the area of innovation, education and the labour market. The EU should commit to a stronger conditionality regarding the Cohesion Policy funds to provide a stronger incentive to beneficiary countries that need to enforce reforms and put into effect a better coordination between regional and sectoral policies of the EU. The reforms in the Member States should encompass business support structures together with education institutions to ensure that research incubators have meaningful impact on the competitiveness of their businesses. Those are the starting points of the new policy paper by Gilles Lepesant, Senior Researcher at CNRS (the National Centre for Scientific Research). He is also affiliated with Géographie-Cités (Paris) and CERI (Sciences-Po/CNRS).

http://iir.cz/en/article/fostering-the-catching-up-process-of-central-europe-the-need-for-an-innovation-oriented-cohesion-policy

News from the Institute of International Relations, Prague

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We are looking for a new International Law colleague by 30 April 2015

We are looking for a Senior Research Fellow in International Law. More specifically, the IIR is seeking to appoint one full-time or two part-time research fellow(s). The position would be held within the IIR Centre for International Law, which the Institute intends to establish. The principal duty of the research fellow(s) will be to conduct international quality research in international law and publish its results in international journals and publishing houses. In case of interest, please send a short cover letter, your curriculum vitae, your list of publications and one recent academic article that you consider to be your best to kanka©iir•cz  (kanka©iir•cz)   by 30 April.

http://iir.cz/en/article/we-are-looking-for-a-new-international-law-colleague

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Spring 2016

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Expert public discussion on “Migration: An Opportunity, Not a Threat?”
25 April 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague

 

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The Centre for European Security and the Centre for International Law of the Institute of  InternIIR FrancoisCrepeauational Relations Prague, in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy, are the organizers of an
expert public discussion with François Crépeau, Professor and Hans and Tamar Oppenheimer Chair in Public International Law, McGill University and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the
Human Rights ofMigrants. The questions framing the discussion are, for example: Why should Europeans organize rather than prevent migration to Europe? Why is there so much opposition to and fear of inward migration? Is this justified? What benefits and opportunities do migrants bring? Migration also brings challenges – (how) can we deal with them? What lessons should we learn from dealing with migration in the past?

Public lecture on “The Use of Force Against ISIS: Is International Law Changing?”
31 March 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague

The Institute of International Relations Prague was proud to host a public lecture by the well-known international law expert Prof. Dr. Anne Peters, LL.M., Director of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg, followed by the launch of the new Centre for International Law of the Institute of International Relations Prague. The events took place on 31 March at the Institute of International Relations Prague. Videos from the lecture and the launch are available at the event’s website.

Seminar on “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and Central Europe”
23 March 2016, the Institute of International International Relations Prague

The Institute of International Relations Prague, together with the Institute of European Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), Beijing, organized a seminar on “China’s One Belt One Road Initiative and Central Europe”.

Out of the range of interesting contributors and contributions to the seminar, let us mention Prof. Kong Tianping, Senior Researcher of the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and his contribution “The Belt and Road Initiative and Its Implication for Cooperation between China and the Visegrad States”; Prof. Liu Zuokui, Director of the Department of Central and Eastern European Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, with his presentation “How Chinese Perceive the V4 and China–V4 Relations”; and also Prof. Chen Xin, Director of the Department of European Economic Studies, the Institute of European Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and his lecture “The Czech Republic in the 16+1 Cooperation.”

 

Roundtable on “Brexit and EU Foreign Policy: The View from Other Member States”
9 March 2016, London School of Economics and Political Science

On 9 March 2016 Petr Kratochvíl, Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague, spoke, together with Ben Tonra, Stephen Keukeleire, Annegret Bendiek and Christian Lequesne, at a roundtable focusing on the topic of “Brexit and EU Foreign Policy: The View from Other Member States” at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science. You can find a report from the event at the event’s website.

 

Public lecture on “The Helplessness of German and European Refugee Policy”
24 February 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague

The Institute of International Relations Prague organized a public lecture with a subsequent discussion with Prof. em. Dr. Egbert Kurt Jahn dealing with issues connected to refugees, the German stance toward them and why Germany’s attitude in this respect is so different to that of other EU Member States.

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Lecture on “What Made the OPCW Successful?” by H.E. Ahmet Üzümcü, Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, 16 February 2015, Institute of International Relations in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in cooperation with the Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations organized a lecture with a subsequent discussion with H.E. Ahmet Üzümcü, the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The topic of the lecture was “What made the OPCW successful?”. The lecture dealt with the work of the OPCW in Syria, but it also touched upon other topics. A video from the lecture and the following interview with H.E. A. Üzümcü are now prepared for viewing.

http://iir.cz/en/article/what-made-the-opcw-successful

 

 

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Lecture on Europe, Israel and the Challenge of Radical Islam by Dr. Dan Schueftan, the Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, 18 February 2015, Institute of International Relations in cooperation with the Embassy of the State of Israel

Dr. Dan Schueftan is the Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, the Director of the International Graduate Program in National Security at the same university, a Visiting Professor (2012-2014) at the Department of Government at Georgetown University in Washington DC and a lecturer at the Israel Defense Forces National Defense College. In his lecture, he talked about radicalism, with a special focus on the radicalism in the Arab world and its recent religious form. The event was opened by H. E. Gary Koren, the Ambassador of Israel to the Czech Republic, and chaired by Petr Kratochvíl, the Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague. A video from the lecture and selected photographs are now prepared for viewing.

http://iir.cz/en/article/europe-israel-and-the-challenge-of-radical-islam

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Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations – Spring 2015

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Public Lecture on “A Secure Europe in a Better World”, Prague Institute of International Relations, 6 May 2015

The Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations cordially held a public discussion on the future of security in Europe with J. Peter Burgess, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), and Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia. The discussion combined the perspectives of a high-profile public intellectual and a distinguished critical scholar, and it was aimed at both a general audience and policy communities. The format of this discussion exemplifies the mission and purpose of the Centre for European Security, which was launched in December 2014, and which seeks to combine cutting-edge scholarship with policy-relevant outputs and public engagement on issues pertaining to European security.

More information can be found here.

Peer-reviewed Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1, Institute of International Relations, Prague (IIR), October 2012

The new issue of the IIR journal Perspectives Vol. 20, No. 1 , 2012 has been published

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.

Conference “Prague Agenda 2015”, 14-16 October 2015, the Institute of International Relations Prague

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Conference “Prague Agenda 2015”, 14-16 October 2015, the Institute of International Relations Prague, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Metropolitan University Prague, Charles University in Prague and other partners

The aim of the 5th Prague Agenda conference organized on 14-16 October 2015 in the Czernin Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic is to further discuss the issues related to the “Prague Agenda”. This year’s conference will focus primarily on Nuclear Deterrence: Enduring Concepts and Current Debates, NPT Review Conference 2015: Lessons and Future Prospects and also on Emerging Nuclear Powers. The event will include a closed expert workshop that will examine the ways in which debates on disarmament, deterrence and non-proliferation are framed and the consequences this has, as well as a parliamentary conference, open to all, on Eliminating the Risks of Nuclear Weapons – a part of the Annual Assembly of the international network of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (PNND). We are proud to announce that among the distinguished speakers will be: Jacek Bylica, Principal Adviser and Special Envoy for Non-proliferation and Disarmament, European External Action Service; Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, London; Anne Harrington, Research Fellow, Center for Security Studies, ETH Zürich; Patrick Morgan, Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine; František Janouch, Nuclear physicist, Chair of the Charter 77 Foundation, Czech Republic; Marek Jukl, President, Czech Red Cross; Kingston Reif, Director for Disarmament and Threat Reduction Policy, Arms Control Association, USA; Ward Wilson, Senior Fellow and Director of the Rethinking Nuclear Weapons Project, British American Security Information Council.

http://pragueagenda.iir.cz/

Publications Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague, May 2014

Czech-republic  Ondrej Ditrych, Karabakh’s Twenty Years Crisis: The EU Should Do More,     policy paper, the Institute of International Relations, 21.5.2014.

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.

 

Conference on “European Union Institutions Fit for External Challenges”, 12-13 November 2015, the Institute of International Relations Prague

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Conference on “European Union Institutions Fit for External Challenges”, 12-13 November 2015, the Institute of International Relations Prague, the European Values Think-Tank, EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic

The conference held on 12 and 13 November in the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague is organized in the framework of the Prague European Summit, a new platform for strategic dialogue about common responses to new challenges the European Union needs to deal with in different areas.

The Prague European Summit is conceived as a platform for a regular high-level strategic debate on the future of the European Union. Its goal is to look for common answers to the key challenges that Europe is facing in the economic, social, foreign-policy and institutional fields.

http://praguesummit.eu/

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Presentation of policy papers on “What Should the New European Commission Do about the Western Balkans?”

Czech-republicThe 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.

“Who is Afraid of the D-word? Towards the Democratic European Union” by Vít Beneš, The Institute of International relations, September 2012

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.

News from The Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR)

Agenda_IIR_CES_logoOpen Call for IIR Visiting Scholar, Institute of International Relations Prague

The Institute of International Relations Prague (IIR) is currently offering the position of a visiting scholar. It is an open call for all non-Czech senior or mid-career scholars or researchers regardless of their institutional or national affiliation.

http://iir.cz/en/article/open-call-for-iir-visiting-scholar

The First Issue of New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and International Relations, Institute of International Relations Prague

We are delighted to announce the publication of the first issue of New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and International Relations. Like its forerunner, Perspectives, New Perspectives is published by the Institute of International Relations Prague, but it is now intended to provoke new constellations of scholarship across approaches and disciplines in order to challenge received wisdoms on and in the region. The first issue contains four original research articles, which address a variety of topics from the political philosophy of Giorgio Agamben to the social construction of ‘contagion’ and ‘stability’ in the Eurozone crisis, Czech perceptions on Turkish EU membership and parliamentary oversight of EU legislation. There is also an intervention piece on NATO’s Russia strategy and a forum of responses to the IMEMO ‘Russia and the World 2015 Report’. The Editorial and two sample articles are available to everyone online at the journal’s blog site. Submissions to Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Tallis tallis©iir•cz  (tallis©iir•cz)  .

http://ceenewperspectives.iir.cz/2015/09/14/new-perspectives-1_2015/

Past events at the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR) – Autumn 2014

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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.

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.

A public lecture “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.

 

Recent publications from IIR

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing a TEPSA Member Institute: Institute of International Relations (IIR), Prague

Czech republicThe Institute of International Relations (IIR) is an independent public research institution which conducts scholarly research in the area of international relations since 1957. Its founder is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The IIR tries to form a link between the academic world, the public and the international political practice.

The main activities of the Institute of International Relations comprise the following:

  • Basic and applied research of international relations, often in the framework of Czech, as well as international, projects
  • Publication activities in the form of periodicals (IIR periodicals include the monthly magazine for the general public Mezinárodní politika, the theoretical journal Mezinárodní vztahy and the scholarly peer-reviewed biannual Perspectives, which is published in English), articles in scholarly literature, and policy papers.
  • Organization of scholarly events – national and international conferences, seminars, roundtable discussions and presentations (more than sixty per year).
  • Cooperation with many governmental organizations and nongovernmental organizations from the Czech Republic and abroad.
  • The services of the library, which has a specialized library fund that provides public library and information services.
  • Doctoral studies, providing a common doctoral programme with the Metropolitan University of Prague.
  • Educational activities, student internships for students from all over the world.
  • Research: The IIR is the largest Czech research institution in the field of International Relations, European Studies, Security Studies and Area Studies. Its mission is to contribute to European and international IR research. In order to accomplish this goal, the IIR builds heavily on a robust body of basic and theoretical research which is subsequently translated into applied research as well as policy advising.

The IIR’s fields of research:

  • European Integration
  • International Security
  • Development Studies
  • Territorial Studies (Central Europe, the Middle East, the Far East, Africa, North America, the Balkans)
  • International Law and International Organizations
  • IR Theory and Research Methodology

For more information please refer to our website.

“The 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Visegrad Cooperation”, Prague Institute of International Relations, 18 February 2016

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18 February 2016, Czernin Palace, Loretánské Náměstí 5, Prague

The Institute of International Relations Prague, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the International Visegrad Fund and the Think Visegrad platform organised a closed expert conference on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Visegrad cooperation. The conference took place in the Czernin Palace of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and among its highlights were the public speeches of the V4 Ministers of Foreign Affairs, a presentation of a report by the Eminent Personalities on the future of the Visegrad Group and a presentation of the V4 Presidency Mid-Term Review by Think Visegrad as well as appearances by many distinguished speakers both from the V4 and from the outside regions, such as Rick Fawn, Professor, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, or Kai-Olaf Lang, Senior Fellow, Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin.

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More information can be found here.