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

Prague Institute of Intl Relations

New Perspectives, Issue 1/16.

New perspectives IIR

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.

Turkey IIR

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.

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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.

Gloves go off IIR

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.

030910-N-0000X-002 Naval Historical Center, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 18, 1977) Ð Air Force file photo of the first launch of a Trident missile on Jan. 18, 1977 at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The Navy museum has just received an example of a Trident I C-4 missile, which will be part of a submarine exhibit in the future cold war annex of the museum. The C-4 was based on an extended-range version of the older Poseidon missile, and led to the current and more advanced Trident II D-5 missile. First deployed in 1979, the Trident I was used on 12 Lafayette-class and the first eight Ohio-class submarines. U.S. Navy file photo. (RELEASED)

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.

Deterrence IIR

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.