Institute of International Relations Prague

IIR (Czech Republic)

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 Czech and European stakeholders. In recent years, it has organised, among other key events, an annual Prague Agenda conference as a forum for discussion of disarmament, arms control and nuclear security issues, and run a major international multiannual research project on Global Prohibition Regimes focused on both WMDs, conventional and other ‚nonconventional‘ (drug and endangered species trade; cyber security) frameworks of global security regulation. The IIR is a member of a number of international networks and consortia, including EPIN, TEPSA and ECPR.

Contact information

Institute of International Relations Prague – IIR

Nerudova 3, 118 50 Praha 1, Czech Republic

Tel: + 420 251 108 111
Fax: +420 251 108 222

Point of contact

Ondrej Ditrych
Tel: +420251108111

The team

Dr. Matus Halas ( Matus Halas is a senior researcher and coordinator of the Centre for European Security at the Institute of International Relations. He previously worked in a professional military education as a lecturer in strategic studies at the Baltic Defence College (Tartu, Estonia) and as an assistant professor at the Institute of European Studies and International Relations in Bratislava (Slovakia) too. He also briefly held the position of science section editor in Slovak daily SME and he still regularly contributes to this newspaper’s Op-Ed section on topics related to European security and international politics. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the Charles University in Prague and he spent prolonged periods during his studies and the career at the University of Potsdam and the Bibliothèque de la Sorbonne. His research focuses on agent-based modelling of complex systems, deterrence theory and geopolitics. His articles appeared in impacted journals like Geopolitics, Social & Cultural Geography, Cambridge Review of International Affairs and Advances in Complex Systems. He edited a volume Geopolitické omyly dvadsiateho storočia [Geopolitical Mistakes of the 20th Century] (Bratislava: Comenius University Press, 2014) that introduced classical geopolitical texts to a general public for the first time in a translated form. He is a member of the International Political Science Association
  • Strategic studies
  • Deterrence
  • NATO
  • European security