Public Lectures

PUBLIC LECTURES

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Book Launch:
The Democratic Quality of European Security and Defence Policy: Between Practices of Governance and Practices of Freedom
coming out with Routledge

Evans Fanoulis

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.

Risk Analysis and State Failure

Dr. Huseyn Aliev

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.