Recent Publications from the Institute of International Relations Prague – Summer 2016

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New Perspectives, Issue 1/16.

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We are delighted to present issue 01/2016 of New Perspectives . The texts in this issue include “Living in Post-truth: Power/Knowledge/Responsibility” (Benjamin Tallis); “An Unending Quest for Russia’s Place in the World” (Mariya Omelicheva and Lidiya Zubytska); “Too Limited, Too Late: Evaluating the Czech Republic’s Performance as a Small-State Lobbyist in EU External Policy” (Tomáš Weiss); and “When One Religious Extremism Unmasks Another” (Johan van der Walt). These articles and much more can be found in the journal New Perspectives.

 

International Law Reflections, July 2016.

After the unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey, Turkish high-level officials and the president have discussed the necessity of a state of emergency, which was eventually declared on 20th July. At the same time, the president has also referred to the “suspension” of the European Convention on Human Rights. What do these developments mean, and what are the consequences? You can read about this issue in the three latest International Law Reflections:

Tamás Lattman, Reinstating the Death Penalty in Turkey after the Attempted Coup?, July 2016.

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In the wake of the attempted coup in Turkey numerous government officials as well as the pro-government public have argued for the reinstatement of the death penalty. Unfortunately this question tends to re-surface from time to time in other states as well, but rarely with such political weight. It is thus important to evaluate the possibility of such a step.

You can download the publication from this link .

 

Tamás Lattman, Derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights by Turkey after the Attempted Coup, July 2016.

In addition to the introduction of a state of emergency on 20th July, after the failure of the July 16th coup, President Erdogan has actively supported the “suspension” of the European Convention on Human Rights. What does this new development mean, and what will be the potential effects and consequences of this new step in Turkish politics?

You can download the publication from this link.

Veronika Bílková, When the Gloves Go Off? Turkey Intends to Suspend the European Convention on Human Rights, July 2016.

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Could the state of emergency and the suspension of the ECHR justify the measures which have been adopted in Turkey in the past days (removal of public servants and teachers, purges in the judiciary, and a ban on academic travel)? With the ECHR suspended, are the (legal) gloves off in Turkey? Can the government use any means it deems appropriate to suppress those segments of society in which it sees a threat? This reflection shows that all these questions can only be answered in the negative.

European Security Spotlights, July 2016.

The Institute of International Relations introduced a series of three European Security Spotlights  with a special focus on international organizations:

Ezy Sassoon, Russia’s Nuclear Brinkmanship, July 2016.

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Ezy Sassoon’s Spotlight covers the NATO-Russia confrontation and offers a description of NATO’s response – to consider both military and political dimensions of Russia’s renewed nuclear assertiveness. You can read about how nuclear deterrence has returned to the forefront of the debates on European security and what NATO’s actions in this matter should be in “Russia’s Nuclear Brinkmanship” on our website.

Luboš Fendrych, Deterrence or Resilience, July 2016.

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This article on NATO’s defense posture towards Russia after the Warsaw Summit suggests that rather than deploying ground forces on its Eastern flank, the Alliance needs to embrace more sophisticated deterrence measures to dissuade Russia from its disruptive activities. In the article Deterrence or Resilience you can read how exactly NATO might be able to do this.

Jan Daniel & Markéta Wittichová, European Re-Engagement in UN Peacekeeping?, July 2016.

According to Jan Daniel  and Markéta Wittichová, small and medium-sized European states will have to face unexpected challenges to be effectively involved in UN peacekeeping missions. This spotlight demonstrates the attraction of UN missions for European nations and discusses their respective re-engagement in UN peacekeeping.

Past events at the Institute of International Relations Prague – Summer 2016

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Symposium: “The International Symposium ‘Czech Foreign Policy’”, 21-22 September 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague.

The International Symposium on Czech Foreign Policy, as its name suggests, focused on a variety of aspects of Czech foreign policy from a wide range of different research fields. It strived to bring together specialists, politicians, academics, the public and the media in order to develop a broad exchange of ideas and experience. The intellectual interaction between academics and politicians was one of the core features of the event, which has, throughout the years, gained the respect of both the research community and other groups of interest. The Symposium as such was an evolving event open to new ideas, welcoming bright minds from around the world, although its main focus was on Czech foreign policy and its neighborhood. This year’s topic was “Strategy in Foreign Policy”.

Seminar: “Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Submission of the EU Membership Application: The Main Challenges Ahead”, 27 September 2016, the Institute of International Relations Prague.

The Institute of International Relations in cooperation with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) organized an open debate on “Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Submission of the EU Membership Application: The Main Challenges Ahead”.

More than 20 years after the Dayton Accords, Bosnia and Herzegovina have undergone significant changes. The country’s recently submitted EU membership application clearly indicates Bosnia and Herzegovina long term objective. Moreover, such a decision to join the EU is supported not only by the political elite of the country, but also by more than 70 percent of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian population.

 

Lecture: “Constructivism in the US International Relations: Where are we heading?”

7 September 2016, University of Economics, Prague.

The Institute of International Relations Prague in cooperation with the Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies, University of Economics, Prague cordially organized the lecture by JUDr. Vendulka Kubálková, Ph.D., Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami, Florida, USA.

For more information please visit this link (http://iir.cz/en/article/constructivism-in-the-us-international-relations-where-are-we-heading).

 

Debate: “(De)democratization in Turkey”

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13 September 2016, Representation the European Commission – European House, Prague.

The Czech Council on Foreign Relations in cooperation with the Institute of International Relations (http://iir.cz/en/) cordially organized a debate:  (De)democratization in Turkey. The debate focused on the democratization process in Turkey, especially in the last decade pursuant to the EU-Turkey accession talks, and how a series of military coups in Turkish history has affected this process.

The debate was moderated by Kristýna Tamchynová, Research Manager at the Institute of International Relations and Doctoral Degree Student of Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies, University of Economics, Prague; and was attended by Kamil Pikal, historian, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University and member of the Institute for Legislative Studies, and Berfin Nur Osso, undergraduate student at the Koç University Law Faculty in Istanbul and minoring in International Relations.

For more information please visit this link (http://www.iir.cz/en/article/de-democratization-in-turkey)

News from the Institute of International Relations Prague

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ILA Conference in Johannesburg

On 7 – 11 August 2016, the 77th biannual conference of the International Law Association (ILA) took place in the largest city of South Africa, Johannesburg. Its Czech branch was represented by Prof. Veronika Bílková from the Institute of International Relations Prague.

Mark Galeotti joined the IIR Team

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The Institute of International Relations Prague is pleased to welcome our newest colleague – Mark Galeotti, a widely recognized international expert on transnational crime and Russian security affairs. You may find Mark Galeotti’s media contributions on our website.

You can visit this link to read more about the news.

An interview with Petr Kratochvíl: “Return of Ambassador to Havana”

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“After a gap of 27 years, the Czech Republic will soon once again have an ambassador in Cuba. Ties between the two countries cooled with the advent of democracy in the then Czechoslovakia, but in the last couple of years Prague has been making great efforts to improve relations with the communist state.” Director of the Institute of International Relations, Petr Kratochvíl, talked with Ian Willoughby from Radio Prague about why such a change has developed at this point in time.

An interview with Dr. Mark Galeotti: “Spies, Lies, and Head Games”

“The use of subterfuge, deception, diversion, and deceit to divide and confuse Western societies has long been part of the Kremlin’s international playbook. In recent years, Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin has revived and escalated this tactic – and updated it for the digital age.” Mark Galeotti as one of the guests of the Power Vertical Podcast of Radio Free Europe looked closely at Russia’s active measures and their effectiveness – or ineffectiveness.

You can visit this link to read further about the news.

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

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Seminar on “The Politics of Intimacy: Exploring the Intersections of Policies and Emotions“
25 May 2016, Institute of International Relations, New Perspectives Journal

 

The Institute of International Relations Prague in cooperation with the New Perspectives Journal was proud to host Senior Researcher Fellow from the University of Vienna Dr. Anna Durnová.

In her research, Dr. Anna Durnová explores how emotions inform particular arguments or narratives leading to policies. The lenses of emotions reach beyond explanation through cultural or ethical/ideological imprints and offer a novel understanding of governing processes in the context of world politics, which has put in place novel power orders for Western liberal democracies. The talk was broadly based on the forthcoming book by Dr. Durnová The Politics of Intimacy: Rethinking the End-of-Life Controversy. The discussant was Jakub Eberle, Research Fellow, Institute of International Relations and was moderated by Dr. Benjamin Tallis, Research Fellow & Editor in Chief of New Perspectives, Institute of International Relations.

The video of the event is available here.

Prague European Summit”
6-8 June 2016

IIR3Organizers: Institute of International Relations Prague, The European Values Think-tank, Europeum Institute for European Policy. Partners – the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the International Visegrad Fund and the Think Visegrad platform; The Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic; The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, Prague.

The Prague European Summit (PES) is a regularly organised platform for a 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. This year’s Prague European Summit, titledThe European Union in a Time of Crisis: Better Together?” This event provided time for informal dialogue among political representatives, high-ranking state officials, businessmen, academicians, journalists and representatives of interest groups.

For more information please visit www.praguesummit.eu.

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 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.

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 latest policy paper by Ondřej Ditrych, IIR

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

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!

International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”, 21-22 September 2016, Institute of International Relations, Prague

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IIR4The International Symposium of the Czech Foreign Policy is, as its name suggests, a conference focusing on different aspects of the Czech foreign policy from the point of view of different fields of research. It strives to bring together specialists, politicians, academicians, the public and the media to enable a broad exchange of ideas and experience. The intellectual interaction of academicians and politicians is one of the core benefits of the event, which has, throughout the years, gained the respect of both the research community and other groups of interest. The Symposium as such is an evolving event that is open to new ideas, welcoming bright minds from around the world, although its main focus is on the Czech foreign policy and its neighbourhood. This year’s topic is “Strategy in Foreign Policy”.

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.

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.

 

“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.

News from the Centre of International Relations of University of Ljubljana

CIR LjubljanaMarko Lovec, research fellow at Centre of International Relations (CIR) of University of Ljubljana, won one of the 2016 Visegrad Fund visiting grants. He will be conducting research on negotiating Transatlantic Trade and investment Partnership in agriculture at the Institute of International Relations in Prague during July and August 2016.

“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.

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.

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.

News from the Prague Institute of International Relations (IIR)

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IIR1The Vision for Europe Award is the annually bestowed award for distinguished personalities who have, in the course of their lives, devoted substantial energies to the establishment and development of European ideals such as strengthening peaceful cooperation among European nations, developing a fair institutional arrangement of European integration, making European integration more accessible to European publics, and overcoming prejudices and misconceptions related to the integration process.

  

The awarding ceremony is part of the annual Prague European Summit, and it is accompanied by the European Vision speech, which is delivered by the awardee.

IIR2Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and Dr. Petr Kratochvíl, Director, Institute of International Relations Prague had the honor to give this award to Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, Professor & Jean-Monnet-Chair at University of Cologne and Chairman of the TEPSA Board.

More information can be found here.