• Call for Papers for a Special Issue: Coronavirus and the Future of Liberalism


    Guest Editors:

    Dr. Aliaksei Kazharski, Charles University in Prague

    Prof. Andrey Makarychev, University of Tartu

    Do you wish to publish on the effects of coronavirus on liberal-democratic governance? Send your abstract to dopita@iir.cz until 24 May. Final versions of manuscripts are due on 31 July at the latest. The special issue’s publication is planned for 1 December 2020.

    The Special Issue’s Abstract:

    The outbreak of COVID-19 has significantly reshaped debates on the global order, democratic politics and the liberal mode of governing societies. Some have compared the virus to the “ultimate empty signifier” which allowed difficult ideological groups to fill itself with its own securitizations, creating in an instant a plethora of political otherings. For IR realists, the sudden collapse of cross-border movement and other privileges of the globalized liberal elite came as vindication of their long-cherished argument: the nation state remains the key actor in international politics and the post-national world had largely been a utopian liberal illusion. Right-wing nationalist populists had being saying the same but in a different language and were apt to make COVID-19 instrumental to their purposes. Thus, Viktor Orbán quickly linked it to the agenda of migration and used the state of exception as a pretext to further limit the democratic process in Hungary. However, as students of populism have also stressed, the populist response to the pandemic has been far from uniform.  In a yet broader perspective, while some democratic governments enacted draconian measures, suspending basic individual freedoms, some dictatorships like Belarus experienced a sudden “flow of liberalism“, refusing to cut down on both economic activity and cross-border movement.

    The special issue will focus on:

    1) comparing the liberal and illiberal reactions (both domestic and international) to the pandemic, looking into how it has affected the democratic and non-democratic forms of governance;

    2) examining where the responses have been similar or overlapping, i.e. where COVID-19 has practically blurred or erased the border between the liberal and illiberal politics;

    3) looking into how different types of regimes and political groupings have borrowed new elements and styles of politics, e.g. in which circumstances populist or autocratic politicians suddenly seemed more liberal than their liberal and democratic counterparts;

    4) investigating the ramifications of these changes for the liberal components of the globalized international order.

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  • Call for Special Issue Proposals


    Dear Colleagues,

    We would like to inform you that the Czech Journal of International Relations is currently accepting special issue proposals for publication in 2021 and onwards.

    In line with our editorial statement, we are especially interested in research that would explore international relations of Central and Eastern Europe, or the issues of European security and other European policies, as viewed from Central and Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, the journal is also open to other topics relevant for the wider discipline of International Relations.

    The special issue proposals should include:

    • The names and affiliations of the potential guest editors, including short bios (no more than 250 words).
    • A long abstract of the proposed special issue that includes a topic specification, a set of research questions, and a vindication of the special issue’s scholarly and practical relevancy (1000 – 1500 words).
    • A list of at least four potential contributors, including their short bios (no more than 150 words).
    • A timeline outlining the expected dates for the Call for Papers, manuscript submissions, and the finalisation of the peer-review process.

    The proposals for special issues that are to be published in the second half of 2021 should be submitted by the end of June 2020. In general, the publication of a special issue can be expected to be 12–18 months after the proposal’s submission.  The CJIR publishes accepted articles, including those included in special issues, immediately after their final versions are accepted as online first publications.

    If you would like to publish a special issue with us, please get in touch with the CJIR Editor-in-Chief Tomáš Dopita at dopita@iir.cz.

    The Czech Journal of International Relations is a peer-reviewed quarterly that publishes scholarly work in International Relations (IR), and also research based in other disciplines if its contribution is relevant for IR. The journal’s scope is not theoretically or geographically limited, yet it aspires to promote research that is pertinent to Central Europe (broadly conceived).

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  • Editorial Board Expanded to Include Twelve New Members


    The Editorial Board of our journal has been expanded to include twelve new members. These excellent scholars and experienced researchers will help the Editorial Team with reviewing manuscripts, advise on internal processes and the journal’s development, and promote and represent the journal internationally.

    The new members of the Editorial Board are:

    • Ioannis Armakolas, Department of Balkan, Slavic & Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia, Greece
    • Dimitar Bechev, Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
    • Florian Bieber, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz, Austria
    • Rick Fawn, School of International Relations, University of St Andrews, UK
    • Simona Guerra, Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester, UK
    • James Ker-Lindsay, European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
    • Petr Kopecký, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University, Netherlands
    • Viacheslav Morozov, Centre for EU-Russia Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia
    • Karolina Pomorska, Institute of Political Science, Leiden University, Netherlands
    • Monika Sus, Centre for International Security, Hertie School of Governance, Germany
    • Ann Towns, Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweeden
    • Milada Anna Vachudova, College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

    The Editorial Team is looking forward to cooperate with the new members on our journey towards academic excellence and social relevancy of research.

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  • A Call for Associate Editors!


    The Czech Journal of International Relations is looking for Associate Editors. After more than 50 years of publishing in the Czech and Slovak languages we now aim to engage the global academic audience and develop the English version of the journal. The Associate Editors will become part of our editorial team and assist with the peer-review process and manuscript editing.


    • A completed PhD degree or an advanced stage of PhD studies in the field of International Studies or a closely related subject
    • Substantial experience with research and academic writing and publishing


    • First-hand experience with the editing and publishing processes of an academic journal
    • Acquainting yourself with the research community around the Institute of International Relations, which works on both policy and academic research topics and cooperates with colleagues from other institutions on a global scale
    • An opportunity to use the platform of our journal, including its special issues and research workshops, to do work on your issues of interest  

    If you are interested, please send the following materials to dopita@iir.cz

    • A short cover letter. 
    • A structured curriculum vitae with a list of publications.
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