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ONDREJ DITRYCH


Dr. Ditrych is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague and a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague where he directs the Global Prohibition Regimes project. He holds degrees in international relations from University of Cambridge and Charles University in Prague where he also previously graduated in political science (his master thesis was awarded the Chancellor's Bolzano Prize). He was previously Fulbright research fellow at Belfer Center, Harvard University, visiting researcher at CERI, Sciences Po and SWP Berlin, associate fellow at European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and worked as an analyst for NATO. He also lectures at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and serves as an external advisor to the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs. His research interests include transatlantic relations, terrorism, and global security assemblages. He has written for Security Dialogue, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, JIRD, International Relations or Historical Social Research. His most recent book, Tracing the Discourses of Terrorism: Identity, Genealogy and State has been published by Palgrave Macmillan (2014).





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NIK HYNEK


Dr. Hynek is an associate professor at the Charles University in Prague and the Metropolitan University Prague. He studied political science and international relations at the Masaryk University, the University of Plymouth, and the University of Bradford where he received his research doctorate degree in Security Studies and International Politics (2011). He previously worked at the Institute of International Relations in Prague where he founded and directed a research centre on security. He was a visiting research scholar at the Columbia University in New York and the London School of Economist and Political Science. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development (JIRD) published by Palgrave Macmillan.



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VIT STRITECKY


Dr. Stritecky is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague and the Metropolitan University Prague. He studied international relations at the Charles University in Prague and University of St. Andrews (Scotland). His current research interests include sociology of security, the relationship between security and technology, arms industry and cyber security. His publication record includes five authored and co-authored monographs, several book chapters and journal articles published in journals such as European Security, Communist and Post-Communist Studies and Osteuropa.



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OLDRICH BURES


Dr. Bures is the head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Metropolitan University Prague and an adjunct senior lecturer at the Institute for Political Studies, Charles University. He is also the founder and head of the Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague (C4SS). His research is focused on the areas of conflict resolution and international security, with special emphasis on United Nations peacekeeping operations, private military companies, and the EU counterterrorism policy. His work has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, International Studies Review, International Peacekeeping, Global Change, Peace and Security, and several other peer-reviewed journals.



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TOMAS KARASEK


Dr. Karasek is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague where he studied international relations and law. Since 2004, he has lectured here on the resolution of international conflicts, security and integration in Europe, international security and global terrorism. He was also previously a visiting professor at Fudan University, a Fulbright scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and research director at the Association of International Affairs (AMO). Since 2011 he has served as a vice-dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences for international relations and then for development.



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TOMAS KUCERA


Dr. Kucera is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague. He studied international relations and security studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences before receiving a doctorate at Aberystwyth University for a dissertation dealing with the relationship of liberal ideology and defence policy and organisation of armed forces. His research interests include sociology of security, organisation of armed forces and society, and ethics and the armed conflict.



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JAN LUDVIK


Dr. Ludvik is a researcher at the Centre for Security Policy, Charles University. He studied at the Charles University and University of Richmond and holds M.A. in Security Studies and Ph.D. in International Relations. His research interests include deterrence theory and nuclear strategy, proliferation, strategic theory, strategic intelligence, and Czech and U.S. security policy. He is the author of several research articles and book chapters.








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DAGMAR RYCHNOVSKA


Ms. Rychnovska is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing her dissertation on the emerging security governance in life sciences related to the biological weapons regime. She holds an M.A. in comparative international studies (ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich) and an LLM in law and politics of international security (VU University Amsterdam). She was also a visiting researcher at the University of St. Andrews, University of Ottawa, and Beijing University. In her research, she focuses on critical approaches to security studies and the overlap between security, politics and (life) sciences. Her work has been published in Perspectives, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS), and other peer-reviewed journals.



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MICHAL SMETANA


Mr. Smetana is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing his dissertation on the social construction of normative deviance within the nuclear nonproliferation regime. He graduated from Charles University with degrees in area studies and security studies. His main research interests in the field of security and strategic studies are (non-)proliferation of WMD, arms control and disarmament, nuclear policy and strategy, dynamics of international norms and regimes, deterrence theory, coercive diplomacy, and the role of identity in international relations. He has published several articles in Czech academic journals and his upcoming publications include an article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (with Ondrej Ditrych) and a co-edited book in Routledge (with Nik Hynek) on the issue of global nuclear disarmament.



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KATARINA SVITKOVA


Ms. Svitkova is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing her dissertation on human security in cities and politics of urban resilience. She holds M.A. degrees in security studies from the Charles University in Prague and the University of Granada, respectively. Her research interests include urban vulnerability and resilience, politics of urban security and the region of the Americas. She is also a research fellow in the International Security Studies Group based at the University of Granada.



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PETR SPELDA


Mr. Spelda is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing his dissertation on visual discourse produced by radical extra-systemic actors as a part of their efforts to challenge the international order. He graduated from the Metropolitan University in Prague with degrees in international relations and European studies.



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NIKOLA SCHMIDT


Mr. Schmidt is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing his dissertation on the genealogy of cyber security discourse, focusing specifically on the emergence and evolution of current threat oriented politics in cyberspace. He graduated from the Charles University and the Metropolitan University in Prague with degrees in sociology and international relations and European studies. His academic interests vary between sociology of technology, critical studies of cyber war, space security and the relation between international security system, new technologies invention and their policy implications such as the relation between civilian space programs and perspectives of international stability. His work has been published in Defense and Strategy or as a chapter in several monographs.



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JAKUB ZAHORA


Mr. Zahora is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing his dissertation on security governance in Israeli West Bank settlements from a mostly Foucauldian perspective. He holds degrees in security studies and Middle Eastern studies from Charles University and SOAS, University of London. He was previously a visiting student at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel, and is currently also a research fellow at Association for International Affairs (AMO). His research interests cover Israeli politics and society, critical security studies with emphasis on poststructuralist approaches, discourse analysis, and ethnographic methods in political science.



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COORDINATOR

COORDINATOR



Email:

Phone: +420 251 080 406

ONDREJ DITRYCH


Dr. Ditrych is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague and a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague where he directs the Global Prohibition Regimes project. He holds degrees in international relations from University of Cambridge and Charles University in Prague where he also previously graduated in political science (his master thesis was awarded the Chancellor's Bolzano Prize). He was previously Fulbright research fellow at Belfer Center, Harvard University, visiting researcher at CERI, Sciences Po and SWP Berlin, associate fellow at European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and worked as an analyst for NATO. He also lectures at the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and serves as an external advisor to the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs. His research interests include transatlantic relations, terrorism, and global security assemblages. He has written for Security Dialogue, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, JIRD, International Relations or Historical Social Research. His most recent book, Tracing the Discourses of Terrorism: Identity, Genealogy and State has been published by Palgrave Macmillan (2014).





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Email:

NIK HYNEK


Dr. Hynek is an associate professor at the Charles University in Prague and the Metropolitan University Prague. He studied political science and international relations at the Masaryk University, the University of Plymouth, and the University of Bradford where he received his research doctorate degree in Security Studies and International Politics (2011). He previously worked at the Institute of International Relations in Prague where he founded and directed a research centre on security. He was a visiting research scholar at the Columbia University in New York and the London School of Economist and Political Science. He currently serves as an associate editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development (JIRD) published by Palgrave Macmillan.



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VIT STRITECKY


Dr. Stritecky is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague and the Metropolitan University Prague. He studied international relations at the Charles University in Prague and University of St. Andrews (Scotland). His current research interests include sociology of security, the relationship between security and technology, arms industry and cyber security. His publication record includes five authored and co-authored monographs, several book chapters and journal articles published in journals such as European Security, Communist and Post-Communist Studies and Osteuropa.



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OLDRICH BURES


Dr. Bures is the head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, Metropolitan University Prague and an adjunct senior lecturer at the Institute for Political Studies, Charles University. He is also the founder and head of the Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague (C4SS). His research is focused on the areas of conflict resolution and international security, with special emphasis on United Nations peacekeeping operations, private military companies, and the EU counterterrorism policy. His work has been published in Terrorism and Political Violence, International Studies Review, International Peacekeeping, Global Change, Peace and Security, and several other peer-reviewed journals.



Email:

TOMAS KARASEK


Dr. Karasek is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague where he studied international relations and law. Since 2004, he has lectured here on the resolution of international conflicts, security and integration in Europe, international security and global terrorism. He was also previously a visiting professor at Fudan University, a Fulbright scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia University, and research director at the Association of International Affairs (AMO). Since 2011 he has served as a vice-dean at the Faculty of Social Sciences for international relations and then for development.



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TOMAS KUCERA


Dr. Kucera is an assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague. He studied international relations and security studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences before receiving a doctorate at Aberystwyth University for a dissertation dealing with the relationship of liberal ideology and defence policy and organisation of armed forces. His research interests include sociology of security, organisation of armed forces and society, and ethics and the armed conflict.



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JAN LUDVIK


Dr. Ludvik is a researcher at the Centre for Security Policy, Charles University. He studied at the Charles University and University of Richmond and holds M.A. in Security Studies and Ph.D. in International Relations. His research interests include deterrence theory and nuclear strategy, proliferation, strategic theory, strategic intelligence, and Czech and U.S. security policy. He is the author of several research articles and book chapters.








PH.D. CANDIDATES



Email:

DAGMAR RYCHNOVSKA


Ms. Rychnovska is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing her dissertation on the emerging security governance in life sciences related to the biological weapons regime. She holds an M.A. in comparative international studies (ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich) and an LLM in law and politics of international security (VU University Amsterdam). She was also a visiting researcher at the University of St. Andrews, University of Ottawa, and Beijing University. In her research, she focuses on critical approaches to security studies and the overlap between security, politics and (life) sciences. Her work has been published in Perspectives, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS), and other peer-reviewed journals.



Email:

MICHAL SMETANA


Mr. Smetana is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing his dissertation on the social construction of normative deviance within the nuclear nonproliferation regime. He graduated from Charles University with degrees in area studies and security studies. His main research interests in the field of security and strategic studies are (non-)proliferation of WMD, arms control and disarmament, nuclear policy and strategy, dynamics of international norms and regimes, deterrence theory, coercive diplomacy, and the role of identity in international relations. He has published several articles in Czech academic journals and his upcoming publications include an article for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (with Ondrej Ditrych) and a co-edited book in Routledge (with Nik Hynek) on the issue of global nuclear disarmament.



Email:

KATARINA SVITKOVA


Ms. Svitkova is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing her dissertation on human security in cities and politics of urban resilience. She holds M.A. degrees in security studies from the Charles University in Prague and the University of Granada, respectively. Her research interests include urban vulnerability and resilience, politics of urban security and the region of the Americas. She is also a research fellow in the International Security Studies Group based at the University of Granada.



Email:

PETR SPELDA


Mr. Spelda is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing his dissertation on visual discourse produced by radical extra-systemic actors as a part of their efforts to challenge the international order. He graduated from the Metropolitan University in Prague with degrees in international relations and European studies.



Email:

NIKOLA SCHMIDT


Mr. Schmidt is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing his dissertation on the genealogy of cyber security discourse, focusing specifically on the emergence and evolution of current threat oriented politics in cyberspace. He graduated from the Charles University and the Metropolitan University in Prague with degrees in sociology and international relations and European studies. His academic interests vary between sociology of technology, critical studies of cyber war, space security and the relation between international security system, new technologies invention and their policy implications such as the relation between civilian space programs and perspectives of international stability. His work has been published in Defense and Strategy or as a chapter in several monographs.



Email:

JAKUB ZAHORA


Mr. Zahora is a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, writing his dissertation on security governance in Israeli West Bank settlements from a mostly Foucauldian perspective. He holds degrees in security studies and Middle Eastern studies from Charles University and SOAS, University of London. He was previously a visiting student at Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Israel, and is currently also a research fellow at Association for International Affairs (AMO). His research interests cover Israeli politics and society, critical security studies with emphasis on poststructuralist approaches, discourse analysis, and ethnographic methods in political science.



RESEACH ASSISTANTS


Lucie Harmackova


Vojtech Bahensky