The Research and Study of International Security in the Czech Republic: An Analysis of Articles in the Journal Mezinárodní vztahy

  • Oldřich Bureš
  • Miroslav Mareš
  • Šárka Waisová
Keywords: Security studies, theories, methodology, Czech Republic, evolution of the discipline


The analysis surveys the evolution of security studies in the Czech Republic after 1990. Firstly, the historical context and institutional development of the discipline are analyzed; afterwards the intellectual tradition of Czech security studies is introduced, and the theories used in the discipline in the Czech Republic are mentioned. The central point of the analysis is the character and content of the articles published in the journal Mezinárodní vztahy. We conclude that the research of international security in the Czech Republic is strongly interconnected with the country’s executive politics and that Mezinárodní vztahy is the central platform for Czech security research.

Author Biographies

Oldřich Bureš

Born in 1979, he is the Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies and also the Head of the Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague. He also lectures at the Department of Security Studies at the Institute of Political Studies at Charles University in Prague. In addition to his membership in the editorial boards of several academic journals (e.g. International Relations [Mezinárodní vztahy], Defence and Strategy [Obrana a strategie] and Military Perspectives [Vojenské rozhledy]), he is a member of the permanent work group of the Accreditation Commission for Social Sciences (since January 2013) and was a member of the Evaluation Panel for Political and Legal Sciences of the Czech Grant Agency (from April 2011 to April 2015). His research focuses primarily on the issues of privatization of security, counter-terrorism and peacekeeping operations.

Miroslav Mareš

Born in 1974, he is a graduate of the Political Science and Law programme at Masaryk University in Brno. He is a researcher of the International Institute of Political Science and a guarantor of the Security and Strategic Studies programme at the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Social Studies at the same university. He works in the European Network of Experts on Terrorism (in 2015-2016 as the head of a subgroup on right-wing extremist, left-wing extremist and separatist violence called EENeT). He also participates in the European Radicalisation Awareness Network (in 2015-2016 as a member of the editorial board of RAN). From 2012 to the present he is the secretary of the research committee IPSA RC 44 "The Military Role in Democratization." He focuses on research of extremism and terrorism in Central Europe in his work.

Šárka Waisová

Born in 1978, she studied Political Science and International Relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University, the Department of Political Science and European Studies at Palacky University in Olomouc and the Universities of Marburg and Dresden. She works at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of the Philosophical Faculty at the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. She also teaches at Metropolitan University Prague. She deals mainly with issues related to security and conflict resolution in her research.

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