The IIR, founded in 1957, is a public research institution founded by the charter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. As the country’s leading think tank on matters of foreign and security policy, the IIR combines engagement in academic research and providing expert advice in areas ranging from transatlantic relations, disarmament and nonproliferation, EU internal and external policies, or East Asia to stakeholders in the Czech and European public sector. As a public institution whose aim is promoting awareness about key foreign policy agendas it reaches out to the public sector by means of organising ca. 60 public events a year, ranging from roundtables to major conferences. It is also an organiser of the annual Prague agenda conference hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The IIR is a member of a number of international networks and consortia, including EPIN, TEPSA and ECPR. It has recently launched a project Global Prohibition Regimes which brings together a team of ten Czech and international experts engaging in a comparative analysis of various CBRN and conventional weapons regimes.
Institute of International Relations Prague - IIR
Nerudova 3, 118 50 Praha 1, Czech Republic
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Ondrej Ditrych - Research Fellow
Dr. Ondrej Ditrych is a research fellow at the IIR, project leader of the Global Prohibition Regimes project, and assistant professor at the Charles University in Prague. Previously, he was Fulbright research fellow at Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, visiting researcher at SWP Berlin, visiting scholar at CERI, Sciences Po and an an associate fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS). He read political science and international relations at Charles University in Prague and University of Cambridge, and has published on a range of international theory- and security-related issues in academic journals including Security Dialogue, Journal of International Relations and Development, or Critical Studies on Terrorism. His book A Genealogy of Terrorism: States, Identity and Discourse is to be published at Palgrave in 2014.
Nik Hynek - Associate (Global Prohibition Regimes Project)
Dr. Nik Hynek is associate professor of international security at Charles University in Prague. He holds Ph.D. from the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, UK. Previously, he was Visiting Research Scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies (SIWPS) at Columbia University, USA; the Japan Foundation Fellow at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan; and Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. His publications have appeared, among others, in Security Dialogue, European Security, Defence Studies, Journal of International Relations and Development, International Peacekeeping, International Journal, Osteuropa, Contemporary Political Theory, and Communist and Post-Communist Studies. He has recently published a monograph titled Human Security as Statecraft (London: Routledge, 2012) and has co-edited books on multinational contributions to state-building in Afghanistan (London: Routledge, 2011), critical approaches to human security (London: Routledge 2010), and Canadian foreign and security policy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010). Role in the project: theory, empirical expertise, database.
Vit Stritecky - Associate (Global Prohibition Regimes Project)
Dr. Viìt Střiìteckyì is assistant professor at Charles University in Prague. He holds postgraduate degrees in Security Studies and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, UK and Charles University, Prague, Czech Rebublic. He also studied at the Uppsala University, Sweden and was Visiting Research Scholar at the Tbilisi State University. He has authored and co-authored several book chapters and his journal articles have appeared in European Security, Communist and Post-Communist Studies or Osteuropa, dealing specifically with nuclear issues in "Rise and Fall of the Third Site of Ballistic Missile Defence," an article published at Communist and Post-Communist Studies 43:2 (2010) or “Raketenabwehr, ade? Sicherheitspolitik in Polen und Tschechien?" in Osteuropa 60:6 (2010).
Miroslav Tuma - Senior Associate
Dr. Miroslav Tuma (Col. Retd.) is a senior associate at the IIR. He holds a doctorate from the Faculty of Law, Charles University. In the Czechoslovak army, he served in various staff and command posts and participated e.g. in UNAVEM I (Angola) and the U.N. humanitarian operation in Iraq as part of the UN Guards Contingent in Iraq (UNGCI). After retiring from active duty, he was employed by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Security Policy Department, U.N. Department), with posts including the Permanent Mission to the United Nations (during Czech Republic’s membership in the Security Council). He is the author of monographs Miìroveì využiìvaìniì jaderneì energie, nešiìřeniì jadernyìch zbraniì a jaderneì odzbrojeniì [Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy, Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Disarmament] (Praha: Uìstav mezinaìrodniìch vztahů, 2009) and of Jaderneì odzbrojeniì: Utopie, nebo projev politickeìho realismu? [Nuclear Disarmament: Utopia or the Sign of Political Realism?] (Praha: Uìstav mezinaìrodniìch vztahů, 2011).