Prof. Mats Braun
Mats Braun, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the Metropolitan University Prague. Since 2010 he has served as a member of the Executive Council of the Central and East European International Studies Association (CEEISA). He was the Programme Chair of the association’s convention in Wroclaw in 2007. He holds a PhD from the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He has published his works in Journal of Common Market Studies, Journal of Contemporary European Research and Cooperation and Conflict, among others. He is the author of the book Europeanization of Environmental Policy in the New Europe: Beyond Conditionality (Ashgate/Routledge – 2014). During the fall of 2015 he was a visiting scholar at the Cornell Institute for European Studies, Ithaca. In 2016 he lectured regularly at Dalarna University in Sweden. He was a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations, Prague from 2005-2014, and he is a member of the external advisory team on European issues of the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs. In the period from 2007-2014 he was editor and editor-in–chief of the journal Perspectives – Review of International Affairs. In his research he focuses on regional integration and in particular on the process of European integration. Currently he works on a book on subregional integration in Europe.
Prof. Oldrich Bures
Associate Professor Oldrich Bures is the founding director of the Center for Security Studies and the Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies, both at Metropolitan University Prague. He was previously a senior lecturer at Palacky University, a Fulbright Fellow at the Joan. B. Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame, and an External Research Fellow at the Centre for European Security, School of English, Sociology, Politics & Contemporary History, University of Salford. From October 2016 till March 2017, he was be a Marie Curie COFUND Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Health, Risk and Resilience at Durham University. His research is focused in the areas of Conflict Resolution and International Security, with special emphasis on peacekeeping, privatization of security, and (counter-)terrorism. His work has been published in Security Dialogue, Cooperation and Conflict, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, International Studies Review, International Peacekeeping, Intelligence and National Security, and Journal of Business Ethics, among other key journals. He is the author of several monographs, including EU Counterterrorism Policy: A Paper Tiger? (Ashgate, 2011) and Private Security Companies: Transforming Politics and Security in the Czech Republic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and (co-)editor of several edited volumes, including A Decade of EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence: A Critical Assessment (Routledge 2016).
Prof. Nikola Hynek
Aleš Karmazín, M.Sc. et M.Sc.(Econ.)
Aleš Karmazin, M.Sc. received his MSc(Econ) in International Relations from the Aberystwyth University and MSc in China in Comparative Perspective from the London School of Economics, where he was awarded the Fei Xiaotong Prize for the best MSc dissertation in the respective programme. His research interests include the issue of international order and its composition, domestic and foreign policy of China and India, international relations in East Asia, the English School of IR, and concept of the state and sovereignty in IR. His PhD thesis focuses on the contructions of sovereignty in the cases of China and India. He was a visiting researcher at the Peking University.
Dr. Sarka Kolmasova
Šárka Kolmašová is the Deputy Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Metopolitan University Prague, where she also gives lectures in the field of global security and international protection of human rights. Since 2014, she is a member of the Peacebuilding and Postwar-Reconstruction Commission of the International Peace Research Association. In 2008-2012, she was a research fellow of the Institute of International Relations, Prague. Furthermore, she was an external lecturer of the Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University in Prague, and the Department of Political Science at the University of Hradec Králové. In 2012-2015, she was the head researcher of the post-doctoral project funded by the Czech Science Foundation (GAČR), entitled Significance of Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect: the Case of Libya and Syria. In the past, she was participating in several other research projects, including the Network of Cooperation in the Field of Non-European Areas (RESAREAS), funded by the European Social Fund in the CR. Within this project, she was a short-term visiting scholar of the Canter for Peace Research at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. In her research, she is focusing on humanitarian interventions and the concept of the Responsibility to Protect, armed conflicts resolution, and particularly protection of civilians in serious crisis situations. In addition, she is doing research on the Czech Foreign Policy of the Czech Republic and especially its multilateral dimension. She is the author of the book Metamorphoses of the Humanitarian Intervention Concept: from Rwanda to Libya (2016) and the co-author of the collective monograph Czech Republic in international organizations (2015). Together with Petr Drulák, she co-edited the publication Non-Western Reflection on Politics, including her own chapter on the Zapatistas movement in Mexico. She further published several academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, including recently published: „Inconsistencies between Libya and Syria? Pragmatic Revisionism and the Responsibility to Protect“ (in Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 2016). Together with Kateřina Krulišová she is preparing a research article on legitimization strategies through sexual(ized) violence in military interventions implemented in Libya and Mali.
Dr. Katerina Krulisova
Katerina is a senior lecturer at the Security and Technology of Communication Departement, teaching also at International Relations and European Studies departments (in both Czech and English versions) at MUP. Katerina’s main research interests are Gender in Security Studies, and R2P and Sexual(ised) Violence in Conflicts. She is completing her PhD candidacy at Nottingham Trent University, UK, in 2017, focusing on Female Protagonist of Sexual(ised) Violence in Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia from a post-structural perspective. In the past, Katerina has been invited to Brown University for a research gathering at BIARI Programme on Ethnicity, Conflict, and Inequality in Global Perspective, funded by Santander Universities. She has published on the topics of female self-martyrs in Chechnya, and sexual(ised) violence in armed conflicts. The latest publications include The “Black Widow” Media Discourse: “Desperation, Irrationality and Vendetta” in Dagestan published in CEJISS, e-chapter on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict: A Weapon of War? published at interdisciplinary.net and a number of review articles. In research collaboration with Sarka Kolmasova, the article on R2P and Sexual(ised) Violence Discourses and Legitimisations is forthcoming. At the moment, Katerina is working on her monograph on Female Protagonist of Political Violence and International Legal and Media Discourses, and further develops her R2P analysis together with her colleagues.
Dr. Radana Makariusova
Radana Makariusová currently works in the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Metropolitan University Prague as a senior lecturer and in the Department of International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague where she defended her Ph.D. dissertation in 2007. Her research area is terrorism, global terrorism, homegrown terrorism, global governance and activities of various kinds of non-state actors, especially the radical ones operating in the current global system. She is a member of several non-governmental organizations such as the Global Governance Watch, among others. She participated in a research grant provided by the Czech Grant Academy which studied the activity of private military and security companies in various international settings such as Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, etc. She published numerous articles as well as several monographs on the subject of terrorism. In 2003, she published the monograph called „Terrorism, Global Terrorism and the Era of AlQaeda“ with the Aleš Čeněk publishing house. In 2015, she published a monograph called „Global Governance and Non-State Actors“ with the same publishing house. The last impact journal article was published in January 2015 under the tile of „The Activity of Private Military Companies in Somalia.“ She regularly attends international conferences both in Europe and overseas. Since 2014, Radana Makariusová has been intensively involved in personal development and techniques for mastering the mind. As a result of this new research interest, she publishes a new monograph entitled „How to think right? Change yourselves to change the world“ this year.
Prof. Dr. Ing. Zbyněk Raida
Zbynek Raida is professor at the Department of Radio Electronics, Brno University of Technology, and the Department of Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague. From 1996 to 1997, he was with Laboratoire de Hyperfrequences, Universite Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) researching variational methods for the analysis of electromagnetic structures. At present, his research and education activities have been focused on electromagnetic fields and their exploitation for wireless transmission of information. Being engaged in C4SS activities, the current research has been directed towards securing wireless communication in the physical layer of the communication system.
Dr. Dagmar Rychnovska
Dagmar Rychnovská is lecturer and researcher at the Department of Security Studies, Metropolitan University Prague. She also co-operates with the Institute of Political Studies, Charles University in Prague. She holds a Ph.D. in International Relations (Charles University in Prague), an M.A. in Comparative and International Studies (ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich) and an LLM in Law and Politics of International Security (VU University Amsterdam). She was a visiting student at the University of St. Andrews, University of Ottawa, and Beijing University. In her work, she looks at the overlaps between science and security politics, specifically related to the emerging security governance in life sciences and the evolution of the biological weapons regime. Her research interests further include critical approaches to security studies (international political sociology, securitization studies), biological security, interpretive methods and sociology of science. Her work has been published in Security Dialogue, New Perspectives, Central European Journal of International and Security Studies (CEJISS), and other peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Vit Stritecky
Vít Střítecký is an assistant professor in international security at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague and Metropolitan University, Prague. He studied security and IR programs at the Charles University, Uppsala University, Sweden and University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In his research as well as academic management activities he gradually focuses on the interplay between security and technology which has resulted in two interdisciplinary security programs and large project proposal connecting security experts across the social science, natural science, medical and technical fields. On top of his academic activities he holds a position of the member of the Executive Committee responsible for R&D&I of the Technological Platform Energy Security, which is a leading regional public-private-partnership project in the area of critical infrastructure protection. He has written several expert reports focusing on security and defence policy and defence industrial policy (MFA, European Parliament, Defence and Security Industry Association of the Czech Republic) and his academic publications include numerous articles (Communist and Post-Communist Studies, European Security, Osteuropa) and book chapters as well as four research monographs. He currently works on a book looking at the role of defence industry in shaping the EU security and defence policies and together with Petr Špelda further develops computer assisted analyses of large data sets, mainly in the areas of propaganda or conspiracies.
Mgr. Petr Špelda
Petr Špelda currently finishes his doctoral studies at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He is also an external lecturer at the Department of Security Studies, Metropolitan University Prague. He submitted his dissertation titled Pictorial Possible Worlds proposing a synthesis of philosophical devices of the analytic tradition with computational approaches to cognition. His current research concentrates on various aspects of the human-machine nexus including philosophical debates regarding the contemporary developments in the field of representation learning and thus of the Artificial Intelligence in general. His empirical facing research comprised of developing computational methods that would contribute towards better understanding of the online political extremism. In this regard, he specialized in topics concerning the visual propaganda of the Islamic State and of the broader Sunni jihadist milieu. He presented his work at several conferences including ECPR Graduate Student Conference, ISA Annual Convention, and the Vox-Pol Mid-Project Conference.
Dr. Huseyn Aliyev
Huseyn Aliyev earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand. From 2015 to 2016, he was lecturing Conflict and Area Studies courses at the University of Bremen, Germany. He was a Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bremen and visiting academic at St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford. Huseyn is an author of ‘Post-Communist Civil Society and the Soviet Legacy: Challenges of Democratisation and Reform in the Caucasus‘ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). He also co-authored (with Emil A. Souleimanov) a monograph ‘Individual Disengagement of Avengers, Nationalists and Jihadists: Why Ex-Militants Choose to Abandon Violence in the North Caucasus’ (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). His most recent publications have appeared in Security Dialogue (2016), Terrorism and Political Violence (2015), International Security (2015), and The Journal of Strategic Studies (2015). Huseyn’s most recent monograph, entitled “When Informal Institutions Change. Institutional Reforms and Informal Practices in the former Soviet Union”, is currently in production with the University of Michigan Press. Huseyn’s current research interests are non-state and quasi-state armed actors in fragile and failed states, as well as informal institutions and practices in post-communist societies.
Dr. Evangelos Fanoulis
Dr. Evangelos (Evans) Fanoulis is the post-doctoral fellow at C4SS from October 1, 2015-September 30, 2017. He read for a MA in International Relations at War Studies Department, King’s College London, UK and for a MA and PhD in Ideology and Discourse Analysis at the Department of Government, University of Essex, UK. He was previously Lecturer in Politics at the University of Leicester and Fellow at the University of Essex. He worked as Research Officer for the FP7 ANVIL (Analysis of Civil Security Systems in Europe) Project, was a trainee at the EU Commission and European External Action Service and did his military service at the Greek ground forces. His main research interests lie within EU democracy, European security governance, democratic theory, civil, non-traditional and human security. He is currently publishing a research monograph entitled The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy: Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom with Routledge. Other publications of his include: ‘’Understanding the Social Construction of the Democratic Deficit in CSDP: A Foucauldian Approach’, journal of European Security; and co-authored with Kirchner and Dorussen ‘Civil security in the EU: national persistence versus EU ambitions?’, journal of European Security. Further, he has contributed with book chapters to five edited volumes.