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NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2016
News
A petition condemning the stigmatisation of the Levada Centre? Signed!

The Russian Ministry of Justice declared the non-governmental research organization Levada Centre for Public Opinion Research as a “foreign agent” on 5 September 2016.
Mr. Petr Kratochvíl and Mr. Vladimír Handl were among the first to sign the petition condemning the stigmatisation of the Levada Analytical Centre under the leadership of its director, Lev Gudkov. 

 
A review of François Foret's "Religion and Politics in the European Union"

A review for the prestigious journal European Review of International Studies of François Foret's comprehensive monograph on the complex relationship between religion and politics in the context of European integration by Petr Kratochvíl, the Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague, and his colleague, Jana Hovorková from the University of Economics, Prague. 

News from the Centre for International Law
 
Veronika Bílková Elected to the ESIL Board
Veronika Bílková, the coordinator of the IIR Centre for International Law, will be the first Czech representative to the Board of the European Society of International Law (ESIL). ESIL is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organisation of international law scholars aimed at promoting the study of international law.
  
The ILA Conference in Johannesburg
On 7 – 11 August 2016, the 77th biannual conference of the International Law Association (ILA) took place in the largest city of South Africa, Johannesburg. Its Czech branch was represented by Associate Professor Veronika Bílková from the Institute of International Relations Prague.


A new video - Mark Galeotti on the Russian elections

Watch our new video on the Russian elections with Mark Galeotti. With the majority of votes counted, Putin's party seems to have secured a majority in the parliament. Many controversial issues, the most visible of the which is the question of Crimean elections, have followed the elections. 
 

The power triangle in the Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean is increasingly becoming the focus point in assessing Asia's future security challenges. In presenting the interplay between the three major stakeholders in the Indian Ocean (India, China and the United States), this paper aims to outline the implications of a balance of power system in the Indian Ocean region and demonstrate that it may not guarantee peace and stability, but, according to Organski's ‘power transition’ theory, could actually lead to the contrary result.
An article by Jan Hornát, an IIR Associate Researcher, published in the Cambridge Review of International Affairs.
 

Attitudes towards Chinese energy investments

The article "Central European attitudes towards Chinese energy investments: The cases of Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic" by the IIR Researcher Richard Q. Turcsányi focuses on how Chinese investments are perceived in comparison to investments from other countries, and how the energy sector is perceived compared to other sectors in the three Central European countries that are mentioned in the title. The article finds that although all three countries dislike foreign control over their strategic assets, the political and economic benefits of a business relation with China for the countries are greater than any potential threats. This article builds on a Europe-wide knowledge of EU-China energy investment relations and discusses the cases of three Central European countries’ attitudes towards Chinese energy investments.
The IIR in the media
The current situation in Russia 

New KGB plans betray Putin's anxiety 
Amid rising claims of Vladimir Putin resurrecting the KGB under the guise of a State Security Ministry, the IIR Senior Researcher Mark Galeotti explores the veracity of these allegations, along with the implications for Russian and international politics if they were found to be accurate. Read about this and more in his latest article.
 
Interview - Putin's Original Sin
"Seventeen years ago, a series of apartment bombings in Moscow, Buynaksk, and Volgodonsk commenced, killing nearly 300 people and altering the course of Russian history. Mark Galeotti was one of the Power Vertical Podcast's guests who were looking back at the dramatic, frightening, and disturbing events of September 1999 and asking 'What do they tell us about Vladimir Putin's Russia today?'"
  
Russians can make a difference in Sunday’s elections: by staying at home
In this article, Mark Galeotti, a researcher at the Institute for International Relations, makes some predictions about the Duma elections in Russia on September 18th, stating that the ordinary Russian’s “most powerful weapon [to show dissatisfaction with the current policy and/or Vladimir Putin] is simply not to turn up”.
Russia is massing troops on Ukraine’s border, but we shouldn’t panic
"Russia is sending tens of thousands of troops to military installations near its border with Ukraine and holding snap military drills, sparking fears that a Russian invasion is imminent. These fears are overblown, however, for one major reason that everyone seems to have overlooked: The Ukrainian military of today is very different from the ramshackle, demoralized force of 2014," Mark Galeotti writes in his article for Vox.

Whither the Slovak media?

Tomáš Profant comments for Political Critique on the ideological shift to the left in the Slovak mainstream media and what it means for their competitors outside the mainstream. 
 
Unite tonight, Europe!

On September 16th 2016 the leaders of 27 states of the European Union met in Bratislava for what they called an informal meeting on the future of Europe. Anca Dragu from Rádio Slovákia International discussed the importance of this meeting, as well as the topics on the agenda, with Jan Kovář.
  
Georgian Parliamentary Election 2016. Parties under pressure

Georgia’s October parliamentary elections are fast approaching, and this time the stakes are high. In the country’s most competitive election to date, the spotlight is on the political parties, with many wondering whether their fight for power will result in a disregard of the rule of law reminiscent of the old authoritarian times. Find out more about Georgia’s recent history as a democracy and its party politics in Melanie Mierzejewski-Voznyak’s article Georgian Parliamentary Election 2016. Parties under pressure.
 
The return of the Czech ambassador to Havana
 
“After a gap of 27 years, the Czech Republic will soon once again have an ambassador in Cuba. Ties between the two countries cooled with the advent of democracy in the then Czechoslovakia, but in the last couple of years Prague has been making great efforts to improve relations with the communist state.” The Director of the Institute of International Relations, Petr Kratochvíl, talked with Ian Willoughby from Radio Prague about why the change has come about at this point in time.
Invitations

Balkan Perspectives on European Integration

 
The Czech Council on Foreign Relations in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Institute of International Relations invites you to a conference titled “Balkan Perspectives on European Integration“.
The conference will take place on the 18h of October 2016, at 10:00 at the Mirror Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, Loretánské náměstí 5, 118 00 Prague 1 – Hradčany.
Registration e-mail: radapromezinarodnivztahy@gmail.com 
 
Approach or Reproach "Problematic Regimes"?
The Institute of International Relations invites you to a seminar with Dr. Shirin Akiner. At the core of the seminar will be at discussion of the key question for most Western countries: What stance should we take toward the so-called “problematic regimes” (the said problematic regimes consist of North Korea, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Cuba, Iran, Russia, China, and others)? Dr. Akiner will discuss what attitudes we should adopt and pursue toward countries that are on the one hand not fully compatible with the Western perception of what a "good régime“ is, but, on the other hand, represent important actors in the international system.
 
Past Events

The End of Normative Power Europe?

The Eurozone, Greece, migration, Brexit. As the EU moves from crisis to crisis many people are asking what Europe has to offer its own citizens as well as the wider world. Is the EU’s attractive power exhausted? Does the EU still have any ‘weapons of mass attraction’? Can the Union still play a transformative role in its neighbourhood? Will the EU stay together?
The renowned IR scholar Thomas Diez shed light on these issues in this seminar, which was held at 16:00 on October 10th at the Institute of International Relations, Nerudova 3.

Who Closed the Window? Why the TTIP Negotiations Failed, and what are the Chances for a Transatlantic Trade Agreement?

A public presentation and debate with Marko Lovec, a Research Fellow at the Centre of International Relations, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the University of Ljubljana. Using the case of agriculture and food as one of the most contentious issues of the negotiations process, this presentation explained the state of the process and the opportunities for an agreement from the perspective of politics of negotiating trade.
 

Constructivism in the US International Relations: Where Are We Heading?
 
The Institute of International Relations Prague in cooperation with the Jan Masaryk Centre of International Studies, the University of Economics, Prague cordially invites you to view at lecture by JUDr. Vendulka Kubálková, Ph.D., a Professor of International Studies at the University of Miami, Florida, USA. 

Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Submission of the EU Membership Application: The Main Challenges Ahead
 
The Institute of International Relations in cooperation with the European Commission's Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR) held  an open debate on “Bosnia and Herzegovina after the Submission of the EU Membership Application: The Main Challenges Ahead”.






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