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NEWSLETTER JULY 2016
Media
Single Czech stand at Warsaw NATO summit?
 
The Czech head of state, foreign, and defense ministers flew out to Warsaw for the start of the two-day NATO summit in Warsaw. Were they able to speak with one voice despite their diverging opinions on best course of actions towards Russia? Mr. Michal Kořan, a researcher at the IIR, gave his prediction in regard to this issue in an interview to Radio Prague. 
BREXIT and its implications for Czechia
 
The British EU Referendum and the Tragic Death of Jo Cox MP

The possibility of Brexit and the tragic death of Jo Cox - that is the topic which Benjamin Tallis, the Co-ordinator of the Centre for European Security of  the Institute of International Relations and the Editor in Chief of the New Perspectives journal, spoke about on Czech television. The interview demonstrates how divided and emotional Great Britain was before the crucial decision and sheds light upon whether David Cameron made a mistake in calling for a referendum. 

Fear and loathing in the UK

Mr. Benjamin Tallis commented on the topic of the Brexit referendum for various media sources, explaining the implications of Brexit for the Czech Republic and its population.  
Publications
Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment
 
The article “Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment,” which was written by the experts Matthew Rhodes of the George C. Marshall Center and Michal Kořan  of the Institute of International Relations, draws freely on discussions that took place at the international conference “Euro-Atlantic Security: A Pre-Warsaw Assessment,” which was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs  in Prague on 29  February - 1 March 2016.   
European Identity and Citizenship
 
We are proud to present the new publication European Identity and Citizenship: Between Modernity and Postmodernity by our Associate Research Fellow Sanja Ivic published by Routledge. This book uses a theoretical and empirical approach to explore the philosophies of European citizenship and European identity. The author applies a focused analytical framework to argue that European identity and citizenship should be perceived as postmodern categories which are multi-layered, dynamic and fluid.
The case against Russia for the attack on flight MH17

Mr. Tamás Lattmann, in his article on Russia and the attack on flight MH17, analyses the new legal proceeding initiated against Russia and its president Vladimir Putin for the downing of the Malaysia Airlines flight in the airspace of Ukraine on 17 July 2014. 
 
Past events
Prague European Summit 
 
The Prague European Summit (PES) is a regularly organised platform for a high-level strategic debate on the future of the European Union. Its goal is to look for common answers to the key challenges that Europe is facing in the economic, social, foreign policy and institutional fields. This year’s Prague European Summit, titled “The European Union in a Time of Crisis: Better Together?”, took place from June 6th to June 8th, 2016. This event provided time for an informal dialogue among political representatives, high-ranking state officials, businessmen, academicians, journalists and representatives of interest groups. 
 
The Politics of Intimacy: Exploring the Intersections of Policies and Emotions 
 
The Institute of International Relations Prague and the journal New Perspectives organized a seminar titled "The Politics of Intimacy" with Dr. Anna Durnová. In her research, Dr. Durnová explores how emotions inform particular arguments or narratives leading to policies. The discussion  was broadly based on the forthcoming book by Dr. Durnová The Politics of Intimacy: Rethinking the End-of-Life Controversy. The full video of the seminar is available on our website. 
 
Russian Approaches to International Law

The Centre of International Law of the Institute of International Relations organized a public discussion on “Russian Approaches to International Law” and the monograph of the same name, written by Mr. Lauri Mälksoo, Professor of International Law at the University of Tartu, and published by Oxford University Press in 2015. The full video of the discussion is now available on our website.  
 
Awards
“Vision for Europe” Award
 
The “Vision for Europe” Award is an annually bestowed award for distinguished personalities who have, in the course of their lives, devoted substantial energies to the establishment and development of European ideals such as strengthening the peaceful cooperation among European nations, developing a fair institutional arrangement of European integration, making European integration more accessible to European publics, and overcoming prejudices and misconceptions related to the integration process. The awarding ceremony is part of the annual Prague European Summit, and it is accompanied by the European Vision speech, which is delivered by the awardee. Mr. Lubomír Zaorálek, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, and Mr. Petr Kratochvíl, the Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague, had the honor to present the award to Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wessels, a Professor & Jean-Monnet-Chair at the University of Cologne.
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