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NEWSLETTER AUGUST 2016
Invitations
Save the date: the 8th International Symposium "Czech Foreign Policy"
 
The Institute of International Relations Prague in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and Konrad Adenauer Foundation would like to cordially invite you to the 8th International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”, which will take place on 21-22 September 2016 in the Czernin Palace. This year's main topic of the symposium  will be "Strategy in Foreign Policy." For more information click here.
News
Mark Galeotti - Will Join the IIR Team
 
The IIR is happy to welcome our new colleague – Mark Galeotti, a widely recognized international expert on transnational crime and Russian security affairs. You may follow Mark Galeotti’s media contributions on our website.

Spies, Lies, and Head Games
"The use of subterfuge, deception, diversion, and deceit to divide and confuse Western societies has long been part of the Kremlin's international playbook. In recent years, Vladimir Putin's Kremlin has revived and escalated this tactic - and updated it for the digital age. Mark Galeotti as one of the guests of the Power Vertical Podcast of Radio Free Europe looked closely at Russia's active measures and their effectiveness - or ineffectiveness."
 
The Invisible War
Despite an alleged cease-fire, Ukraine's forgotten war is escalating. Mark Galeotti looks at the causes and consequences of the escalation of hostilities between Ukraine and Moscow-backed separatists in the Donbas on the Power Vertical Podcast of Radio Free Europe

Olympic Doping Scandal
After the Olympic doping scandal "Moscow has dodged a bullet with the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to impose a blanket ban on its athletes, but there is no doubt that the ongoing doping scandal has embarrassed the government – and offered some interesting insights into the state of the country under Vladimir Putin," writes Mark Galeotti in his article "What the Olympic Doping Scandal Says about the Decline of Putin's Russia" for The Guardian.

Russian Mafia Back on the Agenda
"In the 1990s, the so-called “Russian Mafia” was Europe's new nightmare, an overblown threat surging west into Europe instead of Soviet tanks. In the 2000s, it had become a cliché, the thriller-writer's staple. Now it is Russian Mafia back on the agenda, with serious concerns that organised crime has become a ‘fifth column’ of the Kremlin’s effort to undermine European security," writes Mark Galeotti in his commentary for the European Council on Foreign Relations.
10 % Discount on IIR Publications!
 
When you order more than 10 books and/or magazines published by the IIR (i.e. more than 10 individual items) you will receive a 10% discount on the entire purchase. 

This discount applies to any kind of order (direct order, e-shop, IIR reception) from 1 August 2016. 
The IIR Joins the OECD to Promote Sustainable Development

The Institute of International Relations became one of the first 12 organizations to join the new OECD initiative - the multi-stakeholder Partnership for Enhancing Policy Coherence for Sustainable Development (PCSD). The PCSD brings together governments, international organizations, civil society, think-tanks, the private sector and other stakeholders from all regions of the world, and all these actors are committed and working to enhance policy coherence for sustainable development as a key means of implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Media
Vom Empfänger zum Geberland
 
Ondřej Horký-Hlucháň and Tomáš Profant were recently guests of the student section of the Austrian radio station ORF 1. Here they talked about the "new donors" and the broader relations among the old and new Member States in the area of development cooperation and the North-South relations.
The Slovak Presidency Promotes Solidarity
 
"This month, in the midst of both internal and European political turbulence, Slovakia took over the presidency of the Council of the European Union from the Netherlands. The Slovak government will promote one noteworthy policy reform; a European unemployment insurance scheme. This would be a further component of a European fiscal union," writes Tomáš Profant in his article for PoliticalCritique.org. 
Publications
New Perspectives Issue 1/2016
 
We are delighted to present issue 01/2016 of New Perspectives - The texts in this issue include "Living in Post-truth: Power/Knowledge/Responsibility" (Benjamin Tallis); "An Unending Quest for Russia’s Place in the World" (Mariya Omelicheva and Lidiya Zubytska); "Too Limited, Too Late: Evaluating the Czech Republic’s Performance as a Small-State Lobbyist in EU External Policy" (Tomáš Weiss);  and "When One Religious Extremism Unmasks Another" (Johan van der Walt). These acrticles and much more can be found in the journal New Perspectives
Putin’s incredible shrinking circle

True to the informal tradition that August brings surprises in Russia, on the 12 August 2016 it was announced that Vladimir Putin’s chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, was leaving his position as head of the Presidential Administration (AP) and taking up the new and rather less pivotal job of presidential representative for transport and the environment. Ivanov’s departure leaves few voices that are able to speak truth to Putin, writes Mark Galeotti in his article for Open Democracy.
New Spotlights of the Centre for European Security

We are happy to introduce a series of three European Security Spotlights with a special focus on international organizations:
 
Ezy Sassoon’s Spotlight covers the NATO-Russia confrontation and offers a description of NATO’s response - to consider both military and political dimensions of Russia's renewed nuclear assertiveness. You can read about how nuclear deterrence returned to the forefront of the debates on European security and what NATO’s actions in this matter should be in "Russia’s Nuclear Brinkmanship" on our website!
 
Luboš Fendrych’s article on NATO’s defence posture towards Russia after  the Warsaw Summit suggests that rather than deploying ground forces on its Eastern flank, the Alliance needs to embrace more sophisticated deterrence measures to dissuade Russia from its disruptive activities. In the article "Deterrence or Resilience you can read how exactly NATO would be able to do this.
 
European Re-Engagement in UN Peacekeeping?
According to Jan Daniel and Markéta Wittichová, the small and medium-sized European states need to face unexpected challenges to be effectively involved in UN peacekeeping missions. The article demostates the attraction of the UN missions for European nations and talks about their respective re-engagements in UN peacekeeping.
Bosses, Soldiers and Rice Grain
 
The IIR is glad to announce that the prestigious impacted journal Europe-Asia Studies published an article written by our researcher Miroslav Nožina, and Filip Kraus, our collaborator from National Chia Tung University, Taiwan. The article deals with the Vietnamese criminal networks and criminal activities in the Czech Republic. More information about the article is available on our website.
New International Law Reflections

After the unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey, Turkish high-level officials, including the president have constantly talked about the necessity of the introduction of a state of emergency, and such a state of emergency has been declared on 20th July. At the same time, the president has also mentioned the “suspension” of the European Convention on Human Rights. What does this mean exactly, and what are the effects and consequences of this step? You can read about this issue in the three latest International Law Reflections:
 
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