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No Data? No Problem! A Guide to Researching Contemporary North Korea. April 20, 2017 from 16:30

C4SS and Department of Security Studies cordially invite you to public lecture “No Data? No Problem! A Guide to Researching Contemporary North Korea”
WHO: Dr. Virginie Grzelczyk, Aston University, UK

WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 16:30–18:00
WHERE: Room no. 305, MUP Strašnice building, Dubečská 900/10, Prague 10

Free entry, no registration required.

In her lecture, Virginie will address questions of how you can research something that is so secret like contemporary domestic and international politics in North Korea. Having researched North Korean politics for most of her academic career, Virginie will base her discussion on different methodological approaches she utilised during her various research projects and trips to Korean peninsula to date.

The lecture and subsequent discussion provides a fantastic opportunity for MUP students and staff to gain lesser-known information on North Korean politics, but also guidelines on how to do research in societies that are non-transparent and secretive.

Dr. Virginie Grzelczyk is a lecturer in international relations at Aston University, specializing in security relationships and negotiation patterns over East Asia, and especially over the Korean Peninsula. Prior to joining Aston, she has held academic positions in the United States, New Zealand and France. Dr. Grzelczyk has studied in France and South Korea before receiving her PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Dr. Grzelczyk’s recent publications have focused on the Six-Party Talks, energy security in the DPRK, reunification narratives and conceptualizing conflict on the peninsula. Her upcoming book (North Korea’s New Diplomacy: Challenging Political Isolation in the 21st Century, to be published by Palgrave in 2017) looks at North Korea’s foreign policy in light of new and under-researched external relations.

No Data? No Problem! A Guide to Researching Contemporary North Korea. April 20, 2017 from 16:30

C4SS and Department of Security Studies cordially invite you to public lecture “No Data? No Problem! A Guide to Researching Contemporary North Korea”
WHO: Dr. Virginie Grzelczyk, Aston University, UK

WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 16:30–18:00
WHERE: Room no. 305, MUP Strašnice building, Dubečská 900/10, Prague 10

Free entry, no registration required.

In her lecture, Virginie will address questions of how you can research something that is so secret like contemporary domestic and international politics in North Korea. Having researched North Korean politics for most of her academic career, Virginie will base her discussion on different methodological approaches she utilised during her various research projects and trips to Korean peninsula to date.

The lecture and subsequent discussion provides a fantastic opportunity for MUP students and staff to gain lesser-known information on North Korean politics, but also guidelines on how to do research in societies that are non-transparent and secretive.

Dr. Virginie Grzelczyk is a lecturer in international relations at Aston University, specializing in security relationships and negotiation patterns over East Asia, and especially over the Korean Peninsula. Prior to joining Aston, she has held academic positions in the United States, New Zealand and France. Dr. Grzelczyk has studied in France and South Korea before receiving her PhD in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Dr. Grzelczyk’s recent publications have focused on the Six-Party Talks, energy security in the DPRK, reunification narratives and conceptualizing conflict on the peninsula. Her upcoming book (North Korea’s New Diplomacy: Challenging Political Isolation in the 21st Century, to be published by Palgrave in 2017) looks at North Korea’s foreign policy in light of new and under-researched external relations.

Book Launch – Evans Fanoulis: The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy: Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom. April 19, 2017 from 17:30

WHEN: Wednesday April 19, 2017, 17:30-19:00

WHERE: Room no. 205, MUP Strašnice building, Dubečská 900/10, Prague 10

Free entry, no registration required.

About the book: Due to the increase of security challenges in the proximity of Europe, the prominence of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has augmented. This book is a systematic effort to empirically approach the democratic deficit of CSDP, to understand its social construction and propose ways to remedy it.

The book uses Foucault’s approach of governmentality to unravel the social construction of this deficit and to illuminate the power relations between the different actors participating in CSDP governance and the constraints upon them. Finally, applying the normative reading of agonistic democracy, the author suggests concrete ways for EU citizens to have a say in the political choices of statesmanship in CSDP governance.

The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of EU foreign and security policy and more broadly of European governance, European Politics and democracy.

About the author: Dr Evans Fanoulis is postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Security Studies (C4SS), Metropolitan University Prague. He was previously lecturer in politics at the University of Leicester and fellow at the University of Essex. His main research interests lie within European security governance, democracy in the EU, civil, non-traditional and human security, and EU-China relations. Other publications of his include articles in the journal European Security and book chapters in edited volumes.

Book Launch – Evans Fanoulis: The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy: Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom. April 19, 2017 from 17:30

WHEN: Wednesday April 19, 2017, 17:30-19:00

WHERE: Room no. 205, MUP Strašnice building, Dubečská 900/10, Prague 10

Free entry, no registration required.

About the book: Due to the increase of security challenges in the proximity of Europe, the prominence of the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has augmented. This book is a systematic effort to empirically approach the democratic deficit of CSDP, to understand its social construction and propose ways to remedy it.

The book uses Foucault’s approach of governmentality to unravel the social construction of this deficit and to illuminate the power relations between the different actors participating in CSDP governance and the constraints upon them. Finally, applying the normative reading of agonistic democracy, the author suggests concrete ways for EU citizens to have a say in the political choices of statesmanship in CSDP governance.

The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy will be of key interest to scholars, students and practitioners of EU foreign and security policy and more broadly of European governance, European Politics and democracy.

About the author: Dr Evans Fanoulis is postdoctoral research fellow at the Centre for Security Studies (C4SS), Metropolitan University Prague. He was previously lecturer in politics at the University of Leicester and fellow at the University of Essex. His main research interests lie within European security governance, democracy in the EU, civil, non-traditional and human security, and EU-China relations. Other publications of his include articles in the journal European Security and book chapters in edited volumes.

PostDoc public lecture by dr. Huseyn Aliyev: Risk Analysis and State Failure. April 10, 2017 from 17:30

WHEN: Monday April 10, 2017, 17:30-19:00

WHERE: Room no. 205, MUP Strašnice building, Dubečská 900/10, Prague 10

Free entry, no registration required.

Which factors account for the global phenomenon of state failure? Do states fail because of economic problems or due to political violence? This research project aims at assessing the risk of state failure by challenging the existing theory on failed states and suggesting that neither armed conflict nor economic factors are instrumental towards the state failure. Rather, it is the presence of armed groups that weakens state structures and contributes towards their decline. These extra-state armed actors are not only rebel groups and other ‘regime-challengers’, but, most of all, pro-regime elements, such as pro-government militias, warlords, tribal coalitions, political factions and clans. A statistical risk analysis of all nation states between 1995 and 2015 is conducted to examine the validity of above theoretical claims. This study employs quantitative survival analysis in order to assess the risk of state failure globally and its association with other variables.

PostDoc public lecture by dr. Huseyn Aliyev: Risk Analysis and State Failure. April 10, 2017 from 17:30

WHEN: Monday April 10, 2017, 17:30-19:00

WHERE: Room no. 205, MUP Strašnice building, Dubečská 900/10, Prague 10

Free entry, no registration required.

Which factors account for the global phenomenon of state failure? Do states fail because of economic problems or due to political violence? This research project aims at assessing the risk of state failure by challenging the existing theory on failed states and suggesting that neither armed conflict nor economic factors are instrumental towards the state failure. Rather, it is the presence of armed groups that weakens state structures and contributes towards their decline. These extra-state armed actors are not only rebel groups and other ‘regime-challengers’, but, most of all, pro-regime elements, such as pro-government militias, warlords, tribal coalitions, political factions and clans. A statistical risk analysis of all nation states between 1995 and 2015 is conducted to examine the validity of above theoretical claims. This study employs quantitative survival analysis in order to assess the risk of state failure globally and its association with other variables.

Bezpečnostní politika Donalda Trumpa a její možný dopad na ekonomiku obrany České republiky, 14. března 2017, 17:00–18:30

C4SS si vás dovoluje pozvat na kulatý stůl na téma Bezpečnostní politika Donalda Trumpa a její možný dopad na ekonomiku obrany České republiky.

KDY: 14. března 2017, 17:00–18:30
KDE: budova MUP Praha-Strašnice, Dubečská 900/10, místnost č. 205

ÚČASTNÍCI:
František Šulc (bezpečnostní analytik)
Tomáš Kolomazník (analytik Centra pro bezpečnostní analýzy a prevenci)

Prosíme o registraci účasti na registrace.mup.cz

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