The Deutsch Security Square is a research centre established at Institute of Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague. It has been founded with the aim to promote collective research of security in the best tradition of the scholarship of Karl Deutsch. The square in the Centre's name metaphorically alludes to an agora as a space where ideas can be floated, traded and shared, and where those who enter can join in a dialogue. It also refers to four areas of our collective research interest: conflict resolution and transformation, strategic studies, small states security and critical security studies agenda including inquiries into the interplay of security and technology in today's global politics. In addition to academic endeavour traditionally conceived, we seek also to speak to broader audiences and to cultivate the debate on security issues and policies. This is being done by means of regular publication of our security briefs that provide concise, theoretically informed and practically relevant commentaries on global security issues of the day; and public events where outcomes of our academic research are mediated to the broader interested public.
Deutsch Security Square
Institute of Political Studies - Deutsch Security Square
Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague
U kříže 8, 158 00 Prague
Ondrej Ditrych - Deutsch Security Square Coordinator
Ondrej Ditrych is centre's main coordinator, 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. 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. 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).
Nik Hynek - Research Fellow
Nik 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.
Jan Ludvik - Research Fellow
Jan Ludvik is a researcher at the Center for Security Policy with Institute of Political Studies, Charles University in Prague. He holds M.A. in security studies and Ph.D. in international relations from the Charles University. His research interests include deterrence theory and nuclear strategy, proliferation, strategic theory, Czech and U.S. security policy. He has written several research articles and book chapters. The latest Poverty of Statistics: Military Power and Strategic Balance appeared in the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies.
Dagmar Rychnovska - Ph.D. Candidate
Dagmar 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.
Michal Smetana - Coordinator of Non-Proliferation Research
Michal Smetana is centre's coordinator of non-proliferation, arms control, and disarmament research and other activities. He is a Ph.D. candidate at the Charles University in Prague and Goethe University Frankfurt, writing his dissertation on the social construction of normative deviance in the nuclear non-proliferation regime. He was previously a visiting researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and is one of the main organizers of annual Prague Agenda conference. Over the last years, he has been teaching several master-level courses with focus on international security at the Charles University's Department of International Relations. He published several articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, most recently a co-authored article in the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. His new book co-edited with Nik Hynek titled Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, Political, and Regional Perspectives will be published by Routledge in 2015.
Vit Stritecky - Research Fellow
Vit 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.