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Zbyněk Dubský: Russian energy discourse on the V4 countries

Zbyněk Dubský: Russian energy discourse on the V4 countries

TICHÝ, Lukáš; DUBSKÝ, Zbyněk. Russian energy discourse on the V4 countries. Energy Policy, 2020, 137: 111128.

The article explores the energy relations between the Russian Federation and the V4 countries. The focus, however, is not on the technical and institutional aspects of the relationship, but rather on the discursive approach that determines the prevailing interpretations of the relationship by the two parties. The aim of this article is to analyze and interpret the content and main themes of the Russian energy discourse on the energy relations with the V4 countries, as well as Russia’s perception of V4 countries in 2008–2018. At the methodological level, the article is based on discourse analysis as the main method through which the content of the Russian energy discourse on the energy relations with the V4 countries is examined and analyzed. The main sources of data for the discourse analysis are the official statements and press releases published by the central authorities of the RF and the speeches and interviews of political representatives of Russia.

 

Jeremy Alan Garlick: The dragon dithers: assessing the cautious implementation of China's Belt and Road Initiative in Iran

Jeremy Alan Garlick: The dragon dithers: assessing the cautious implementation of China's Belt and Road Initiative in Iran

GARLICK, Jeremy; HAVLOVÁ, Radka. The dragon dithers: assessing the cautious implementation of China’s Belt and Road Initiative in Iran. Eurasian Geography and Economics, 2020, 1-27.

In the Belt and Road era, one would expect an increase in the amount of Chinese economic engagement with Iran due to its strategic position on the Persian Gulf and its rich oil reserves. Yet by 2020 a committed program of large-scale investment comparable to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) had not materialized in Iran. The article uses an analytically eclectic framework to examine the record of Chinese economic activity in Iran since the advent of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013. The empirical analysis demonstrates that China uses a strategically hedged approach to economic engagement in the Persian Gulf incorporating ideational as well as material elements. Ideational elements include the BRI’s intentional geographical “fuzziness” which enables it to act as a loose “policy envelope” for China’s evolving foreign policy needs. Through its hedged approach, China aims to open up local markets to Chinese commercial actors and secure diversified oil supplies. At the same time, Beijing aims to soft balance against US regional hegemony while avoiding the appearance of a challenge to the regional status quo. China also hedges by attempting to maintain solid relations with as many regional actors as possible, including most importantly Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia, from whom China is receiving ever higher imports of oil. Data reveal that Chinese economic engagement with Iran has increased in the BRI era, but at a slower rate than in some other BRI partner countries and not at the expense of its relations with Saudi Arabia.

Radka Druláková, Štěpánka Zemanová: Why the implementation of multilateral sanctions does (not) work: lessons learnt from the Czech Republic

Radka Druláková, Štěpánka Zemanová: Why the implementation of multilateral sanctions does (not) work: lessons learnt from the Czech Republic

DRULÁKOVÁ, Radka; ZEMANOVÁ, Štěpánka. Why the implementation of multilateral sanctions does (not) work: lessons learned from the Czech Republic. European Security, 2020, 29.4: 524-544.

Despite the intensity of research into UN multilateral sanctions, the implementation of sanctions in states with no autonomous sanctions policy has been almost neglected. This sharply contrasts with the fact that their noncompliance may hinder the efficiency and effectiveness of sanctions significantly. To demonstrate the possible contributions of these states to sanctions regimes and the risks resulting from their noncompliance, the article presents the outcomes of a single case study on the implementation of UN sanctions in the Czech Republic from the 1990s to the present. This is a period when the country changed implementation methods several times. Thus, lessons learned from the Czech experience provide a valuable contribution to best practices of sanctions implementation. While distinguishing between formal and behavioural compliance, the text identifies key drivers of the desirable speed and accuracy of the implementation process. In addition to recommendations stated in the reform processes, the text also suggests that the main domestic sanctions authority’s experience with creation and implementation of national law, and a flexible coordination mechanism have been important for the efficient application of UN sanctions.

Karel B. Müller: Cross-border cooperation in the triangle Euroregions Nisa and Šumava from the perspective of mayors and mayoresses

Karel B. Müller: Cross-border cooperation in the triangle Euroregions Nisa and Šumava from the perspective of mayors and mayoresses

FRANE, Ludek, et al. Cross-border cooperation in the triangle Euroregions Nisa and Sumava from the perspective of mayors and mayoresses. GEOGRAFIE, 2020, 125.2: 243-269.

The aim of the research article is to present opinions of mayors and mayoress from Euroregions Neisse/Nisa/Nysa and Šumava/Bayerischer Wald-Unterer Inn/Mühlviertel, who are important local agents of cross-border cooperation. We want to determine whether and to what extent a positive perception of borders and crossborder cooperation, as well as a positive experience with cross-border activities, contribute to the process of horizontal (active border) Europeanization and development of complementary and inclusive collective identities. We collected responses to our questionnaire from 79 mayors. Collected data were described statistically, but also analyzed with the use of crosstabulation and cluster analysis. Four specific clusters of mayors were identified in relation to the transformation of their identity and their attachment to the EU. Such transformation represents an idiosyncratic reflexive outcome of their experience with and their perception of cross-border cooperation.

Jeremy Alan Garlick: China's Economic Diplomacy in Central and Eastern Europe: A Case of Offensive Mercantilism?

Jeremy Alan Garlick: China's Economic Diplomacy in Central and Eastern Europe: A Case of Offensive Mercantilism?

GARLICK, Jeremy. China’s economic diplomacy in Central and Eastern Europe: a case of offensive mercantilism?. Europe-Asia Studies, 2019, 71.8: 1390-1414.

Since China launched the 16 + 1 forum for meetings with Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries in 2012, European observers have struggled to understand the Chinese approach. In contrast to its oft-repeated claim of ‘win–win’ cooperation, some believe China is pursuing an assertive strategy of ‘divide and conquer’ designed to benefit China at Europe’s expense. China’s economic diplomacy in CEE is examined through the critical lens of Holslag’s ‘offensive mercantilism’ framework, finding it useful for assessing empirical aspects of China’s approach to CEE, but failing to find evidence for the assertion that China’s economic diplomacy is divisive and bad for Europe.

Jeremy Alan Garlick: China's principal-agent problem in the Czech Republic: the curious case of CEFC

Jeremy Alan Garlick: China's principal-agent problem in the Czech Republic: the curious case of CEFC

GARLICK, Jeremy. China’s principal–agent problem in the Czech Republic: the curious case of CEFC. Asia Europe Journal, 2019, 17.4: 437-451.

Although it appears that China’s state capitalism model means that state-owned and private companies are utilised in the service of foreign policy goals such as international investments under the umbrella of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the reality is more complex. The behaviour and interests of Chinese commercial actors do not always correspond with the stated aims and strategy of government officials. The article examines Chinese economic diplomacy in the Czech Republic from 2015 to 2018, assessing the extent to which the private company CEFC China Energy acted as an agent of the Chinese state as part of a coordinated strategy designed to increase Chinese economic and political influence via the use of economic incentives. CEFC was at the forefront of Chinese investments in the Czech Republic during this period but CITIC, a Chinese state-owned enterprise (SOE), took over these in May 2018 while the head of CEFC was reportedly being detained in China. The research is theorised in terms of the principal–agent problem, which posits that conflicts of interest and asymmetries of information affect coordination between principals (such as Chinese leaders) and agents (such as private companies). Since the case study reveals conflicts of interest between principals and agents in Chinese state-led economic diplomacy in the Czech Republic, it has implications for understanding the characteristics and practical implications of BRI-framed investment drives in the remainder of the Central and Eastern Europe region.

Jeremy Alan Garlick: Deconstructing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Pipe Dreams Versus Geopolitical Realities

Jeremy Alan Garlick: Deconstructing the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor: Pipe Dreams Versus Geopolitical Realities

GARLICK, Jeremy. Deconstructing the China–Pakistan economic corridor: pipe dreams versus geopolitical realities. Journal of Contemporary China, 2018, 27.112: 519-533.

Intense interest in the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was stimulated when US$46 billion of investment agreements were signed in April 2015, a sum which two years later increased to US$62 billion. A major focus of CPEC is on developing overland transportation and pipeline links from the port of Gwadar to the Chinese province of Xinjiang as a land-based alternative to the maritime ‘chokepoint’ of the Straits of Malacca. This article assesses the viability of pipelines connecting China to the Indian Ocean through Pakistan via a close analysis of evidence obtained from both primary and secondary sources. It concludes that the overland connection is beset with difficulties because of geographical, economic and security problems, and that China’s long-term motivations for maintaining a presence in Pakistan are likely to be chiefly geopolitical rather than geo-economic. In fact, China’s primary aim with CPEC and other investments is to hedge against India by establishing a physical presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), a strategy which is herein referred to as geo-positional balancing.

Karel B. Müller: Active Borders and Transnationalization of the Public Sphere in Europe: Examining Territorial and Symbolic Borders as a Source of Democratic Integration, Positive Identity, and Civic Learning

Karel B. Müller: Active Borders and Transnationalization of the Public Sphere in Europe: Examining Territorial and Symbolic Borders as a Source of Democratic Integration, Positive Identity, and Civic Learning

MÜLLER, Karel B. Active Borders and Transnationalization of the Public Sphere in Europe: Examining Territorial and Symbolic Borders as a Source of Democratic Integration, Positive Identity, and Civic Learning. Alternatives, 2018, 43.3: 119-136.

This article suggests that both territorial and symbolic borders ought to be treated as specific cultural forms enabling the exercise and practice of cross-border communication. The notion of active border is introduced as a nexus of the transnationalization of public spheres and identities in Europe. Active border is interpreted as a border that supports and produces both public criticism and social integration without generating antagonism toward those from “over borders.” Contrary to active border, passive border entrenches stereotypical negative identities and cognitive foreclosures and is a significant hindrance in positive identities formation. The concept of active border contributes to the broad sociological context of Europeanization and transnational public spheres and identities formations in which questions about cultural change and plurality should be discussed. It tries to offer a novel interpretative perspective on processes of transnationalization in Europe and beyond. This article draws inspiration mainly from Edward Shils’s typology of collective identities, Erik Erikson’s concept of identity formation, and Gerard Delanty’s typology of cultural encounters.

Zbyněk Dubský: Vnější dimenze energetické bezpečnosti Evropské unie v oblasti zemního plynu – přístup k diverzifikaci dodavatelů

Zbyněk Dubský: Vnější dimenze energetické bezpečnosti Evropské unie v oblasti zemního plynu – přístup k diverzifikaci dodavatelů

DUBSKÝ, Zbyněk; PAVLIŇÁK, Daniel. Vnější dimenze energetické bezpečnosti EU v oblasti zemního plynu–přístup k diverzifikaci dodavatelů. Mezinárodní vztahy, 2018, 53.3: 32-52.

The External Dimension of the EU Energy Security in the Field of Natural Gas – the Approach to Diversification of Suppliers

The paper deals with one aspect of the external dimension of EU energy security, namely the question of diversification of the natural gas supply in the case of import dependence. The diversification of natural gas imports plays a specific role, as it depends on the capability and acceptability of new transport routes. The aim of this paper is to create a methodological framework for evaluating individual variants of the diversification of pipelines and suppliers by using quantitative methods. For the comparison of gas pipeline variants, six criteria were chosen (annual gas pipeline capacity, the contract price and margins negotiated with the natural gas producer and transit states, the remaining available natural gas reserves in the source country, political and security stability of source countries, the number and political and security stability of transit countries, and energy density of natural gas). From the criteria an index was constructed. This makes it possible to compare alternatives while taking into account the political and economic dimension in the planning and implementation of transport networks.

Markéta Votoupalová: Energetická politika České republiky: EU jako rámující aktér?

Markéta Votoupalová: Energetická politika České republiky: EU jako rámující aktér?

VOTOUPALOVÁ, Markéta, et al. Energetická politika České republiky: Evropská unie jako rámující aktér?. Mezinárodní vztahy, 2018, 53.3: 53-74.

Energy Policy in the Czech Republic: The EU as a Framing Actor?

Since the adoption of the Lisbon Treaty, scholars have explored whether it will lead to a closer cooperation between the Member States and the EU institutions in the field of energy policy. However, little attention has been paid to the concept of actorness, namely to whether the EU is able to frame the discourse on energy policy in the Member States. This study seeks to examine whether the EU can be perceived as a framing actor in the Czech Republic and whether its framing power differs across various topics and genres of the political discourse. Methodologically, the article draws on the Discourse-Historical Approach. As the findings suggest, the framing does not differ significantly across topics but rather depending on the respective genre. Also, the framing occurs both explicitly and implicitly as well as independently of whether the political parties agree or disagree with the European position.

Markéta Votoupalová: Schengen Cooperation: What Scholars Make of It

Markéta Votoupalová: Schengen Cooperation: What Scholars Make of It

VOTOUPALOVÁ, Markéta. Schengen cooperation: What scholars make of it. Journal of Borderlands Studies, 2020, 35.3: 403-423.

The Schengen cooperation has been one of the most debated European issues since the migration flows into the EU increased in 2015. This survey article aims to give an overview of the scholarly literature on the Schengen Area which can help see the current issues in a broader theoretical and historical perspective. Often, researchers emphasize the difficulties the Schengen project experiences. They criticize that security is more important than human rights, EU citizens are more privileged than third country nationals, states use too much discretion in terms of interpreting the Schengen Acquis, etc. Regarding examined aspects of the Schengen cooperation, scholars focus predominantly on borders, security, agency, and the gap between legislation and practice. On the other hand, the issues of solidarity, resilience, and symbolism have been rather neglected so far. However, exactly these aspects could help clarify the current situation within the Schengen Area. To conclude, Schengen seems to be a resilient project, albeit full of ambiguities.

Jeremy Alan Garlick: The Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union: Exploring the "Greater Eurasian Partnership"

Jeremy Alan Garlick: The Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union: Exploring the "Greater Eurasian Partnership"

SHAKHANOVA, Gaziza; GARLICK, Jeremy A. The Belt and Road Initiative and the Eurasian Economic Union: Exploring the “Greater Eurasian Partnership”. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 2020, 1868102620911666.

The Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is a key partner in China’s Belt, and Road Initiative (BRI), since it comprises the majority of territories which the BRI’s overland route, the Silk Road Economic Belt, needs to traverse as it crosses Central Asia on the way to Europe. The goal of this article is to explore the BRI in the context of BRI–EAEU coordination. The first part of the analysis focusses on the ways the Eurasian Economic Commission delineates the “Greater Eurasian Partnership” and counterposes it against China and the BRI. Then, the article compares two sets of interpretations of the BRI and “Greater Eurasian Partnership” obtained from interviews with elites in Kazakhstan and Russia. The interviews indicate that the BRI has had a much more forceful impact on local elites than Russia’s idea of “Greater Eurasian Partnership.”

Jeremy Alan Garlick: China's "Belt and Road" economic diplomacy in the Persian Gulf: strategic hedging amidst Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry

Jeremy Alan Garlick: China's "Belt and Road" economic diplomacy in the Persian Gulf: strategic hedging amidst Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry

GARLICK, Jeremy; HAVLOVÁ, Radka. China’s “Belt and Road” Economic Diplomacy in the Persian Gulf: Strategic Hedging amidst Saudi–Iranian Regional Rivalry. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 2020, 1868102619898706.

Drawing on the literature on strategic hedging and adapting it to China’s use of economic diplomacy in the service of comprehensive national security goals within the regionalised foreign policy approach of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), we examine China’s approach to securing and expanding its interests in the Persian Gulf. To implement the trade and infrastructure connectivity goals of the BRI and to secure the continued flow of diversified energy supplies, China needs to boost relations with both regional powerhouses, Iran and Saudi Arabia, without alienating either of them or the regional hegemon, the United States. The resulting strategy of strategic hedging is based in the Chinese approach to economic diplomacy, which utilises Chinese commercial actors in the service of national strategic objectives. Relations require careful and ongoing management if China is to achieve outcomes which benefit all sides while avoiding becoming entangled in the region’s intractable geopolitical problems.

Zbyněk Dubský: Strategic Culture of the OSCE and Its Reflection in the Effort to De-escalate and Resolve the Conflict in Ukraine

Zbyněk Dubský: Strategic Culture of the OSCE and Its Reflection in the Effort to De-escalate and Resolve the Conflict in Ukraine

DUBSKÝ, Zbyněk; HAVLOVA, Radka. Strategic Culture of the OSCE and Its Reflection in the Effort to De-escalate and Resolve the Conflict in Ukraine. Insight Turkey, 2019, 21.3: 195-216.

The OSCE has until now been the only security organization which directly participated in the effort to de-escalate the war in Eastern Ukraine. As cultural approaches to strategic studies can be also applied to international organizations, this study argues that the OSCE was involved in the attempt to stabilize and resolve the situation partly due to its specific strategic culture. We identify the specific features of the strategic culture of the OSCE as an example of regional security governance between ‘non-allies’ based on the discoursive analysis of OSCE documents and demonstrate how these identified features were reflected in the activities of the OSCE in the conflict in Ukraine.

Zuzana Trávníčková: Ten years and one hundred of reviews of the United Nations sanctions Ombudsperson

Zuzana Trávníčková: Ten years and one hundred of reviews of the United Nations sanctions Ombudsperson

TRÁVNÍČKOVÁ, Zuzana. Ten years and one hundred of reviews of the United Nations sanctions Ombudsperson. Czech Yearbook of Public & Private International Law. Česká ročenka mezinárodního práva veřejného a soukromého [online]. 2019, roč. 10, s. 64–73. ISSN 1805-0565. Dostupné z: https://rozkotova.cld.bz/rww/CYIL-vol-10-2019/84/. ISBN 978-80-87488-34-8.

Petr Vymětal: A new approach in evaluation of transparent lobbying – the case of Visegrad group countries

Petr Vymětal: A new approach in evaluation of transparent lobbying – the case of Visegrad group countries

LABOUTKOVÁ, Šárka; VYMĚTAL, Petr. A new approach in evaluation of transparent lobbying-the case of Visegrad group countries. Administration & Public Management Review, 2019, 33.

Countries of Central and Eastern Europe are characterized by less institutional effectiveness, underdeveloped civil society and a weak democratic tradition. The efforts to introduce institutional rules for the development and stabilization of liberal democracy means, among all, to set the fair environment for interest representation of all members and stakeholders in the society, which also includes lobbying regulation. The aim of the article is to evaluate transparency in decision making process in public space often influenced by lobbying activities in Visegrad group countries. Since the only one of them – Poland – has implemented statutory regulation of lobbying, the wider and more complex approach is used for the purpose of the article. This approach was recently developed by authors‘ in the form of set of 158 indicators. The innovative method covers the entire decision-making process and is based on evaluation of 16 groups of measures incorporated in four categories built in so-called Catalogue of transparent lobbying. The result of the provided analysis shows two important conclusions. First, the rules on lobbying are only one part of a transparent lobbying process; a statutory regulation in place does not automatically mean effectively solving problems with transparency (Poland case). Second, countries without (or with) legal regulation often introduce measures for more transparent decision-making in general, labelled as sunshine principles that are reflecting the main international recommendations and international practices; many of them are also indirectly shed more light on the lobbying practices as well.

Markéta Votoupalová: The Wrong Critiques: Why Internal Border Controls Don't Mean the End of Schengen

Markéta Votoupalová: The Wrong Critiques: Why Internal Border Controls Don't Mean the End of Schengen

VOTOUPALOVÁ, Markéta, et al. The Wrong Critiques: Why Internal Border Controls Don’t Mean the End of Schengen. New Perspectives. Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and International Relations, 2019, 27.1: 73-99.

Since 2015, the collapse of the EU’s Area of Freedom, Security and Justice has been widely discussed due to the re-impositions of internal border controls which seemingly under- mine the premise of Schengen as a borderless area. Yet, three years later, Schengen is still alive. Employing Krasner’s conceptualisation of sovereignty, this article offers a systematic analysis of why Schengen seems to be so resilient by addressing three common, yet inaccurate critiques. Firstly, it claims that re-impositions of internal controls cannot be seen as a violation of Schengen but, contrarily, as an inherent part of it. Secondly, states do not use re-impositions to selfishly regain their sovereignty. Rather, they follow the Schengen Acquis, and re-impositions are but a corrective to the legislation not being observed adequately. Indeed, what seems to define Schengen is the wish to follow the rules, not to change them. Thirdly, as current events demonstrate, if the Schengen area is to be endangered, it will be due to insufficient external border controls, not due to re-impositions or a lack of solidarity.

Markéta Votoupalová: Solidarity As a Necessary Precondition for the Resilience of Schengen?

Markéta Votoupalová: Solidarity As a Necessary Precondition for the Resilience of Schengen?

VOTOUPALOVÁ, Markéta, et al. Solidarity As a Necessary Precondition for the Resilience of Schengen?. Politologický časopis-Czech Journal of Political Science, 2019, 26.2: 102-121.

Schengen has faced many difficulties since the very beginning but has proven its resilience. Although scholars tend to associate problems in the Schengen Area with a lack of solidarity, they fail to examine the concept of solidarity thoroughly. This article explores how solidarity in Schengen is perceived by the EU institutions and which of its aspects are emphasised. The methodological framework is based on the Discourse-Historical Approach which enables scholars to study solidarity in Schengen within a broad socio-political context. The theoretical background draws on the concept of solidarity. It follows from the analysis that solidarity in Schengen is inherently linked to external borders. Solidarity connected with internal controls is mentioned rarely, which contradicts the existing research on Schengen. Hence, a more detailed approach to solidarity is needed to interpret the resilience of Schengen. Moreover, the question to be raised is not how much solidarity is expressed or delivered within Schengen but rather which solidarity is concerned?

Jan Eichler: NATO’s Expansion After the Cold War

Jan Eichler: NATO’s Expansion After the Cold War

EICHLER, Jan. NATO’s Expansion After the Cold War: Geopolitics and Impacts for International Security. Springer, 2021.

This book analyses the expansion of The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) into the post-Soviet space after the end of the Cold War. Based on an extensive analysis of the literature and government documents, including doctrines, statements and speeches by the most influential decision-makers and other actors, it sheds new light on the geopolitical and geostrategic context of the expansion of the military alliance, and assesses its impact on international security relations in Europe. 

The first chapter introduces readers to the neo-realist approach and develops the methodological basis of the book. The following chapters provide a historical overview of the causes and consequences of two waves of eastward NATO enlargement. Special attention is paid to the annexation of the Crimea and to Russian hybrid-asymmetric warfare. Finally, thirty years after the end of the Cold War, the book notes a disturbing return to militarization in international security relations. To counter this process, the author calls for a reduction of current international tensions and a new policy of détente.

Jeremy Alan Garlick: The Impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative: From Asia to Europe

Jeremy Alan Garlick: The Impact of China's Belt and Road Initiative: From Asia to Europe

GARLICK, Jeremy. The Impact of China’s Belt and Road Initiative: From Asia to Europe. Routledge, 2019.

This book merges macro- and micro-level analysis of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) to dissect China’s aim in creating an integrated Eurasian continent through this single mega-project.

BRI has been the source of much interest and confusion, as established frameworks of analysis seek to understand China’s intentions behind the policy. China’s international activity in the early 21st century has not yet been successfully theorised by IR scholars because of a failure to satisfactorily encompass its complexity. In addition, the mix-and-match syncretism of the Chinese approach to foreign policy has been under-emphasised or omitted in many analyses. Bringing together complexity thinking and analytic eclecticism to assess the degree to which this scheme can transform international relations, Garlick critically examines this large-scale interconnectivity project and its potential impacts.

The book will be of interest to scholars and practitioners in the field of international relations and China studies including academics, policy-makers and diplomats around the world.

Kateřina Kočí: Uvnitř diplomacie. Jak na genderovou nerovnost v diplomatické službě

Kateřina Kočí: Uvnitř diplomacie. Jak na genderovou nerovnost v diplomatické službě

DOPITA, Tomáš, KOČÍ, Kateřina, ČMOLÍKOVÁ COZLOVÁ, Klára. Uvnitř diplomacie. Jak na genderovou nerovnost v diplomatické službě. 1. vyd. Praha : Grada Publishing, a.s, 2020. 72 s. ISBN 978-80-271-2428-2. eISBN 978-80-271-1437-5 (ePub).

Východiskem knihy je feministická kritika současné diplomacie, která považuje genderovou nerovnost za jeden z jejích problémů. Kniha tyto otázky podrobuje analýze, která jde za úroveň pouhé kritiky současného stavu. V centru pozornosti stojí eliminace genderové nerovnosti v zahraniční službě.

Publikace se zaměřuje na cesty naplňování ideálu rovnosti mužů a žen v diplomacii. Dále se věnuje právům a potřebám osob doprovázejících diplomatický personál na zahraničních misích, zejména manželek diplomatů, neboť tato problematika byla zatím v odborné literatuře reflektována jen okrajově.

Závěrečná část publikace se zabývá otázkami systémové úrovně zahraniční služby z hlediska institucionalizace principu rovnosti. Poskytuje tak komplexní přehled o možnostech oslabování stále ještě značně maskulinizovaného charakteru současné diplomacie. Kombinuje při tom výsledky akademického výzkumu s řešením praktických otázek zahraniční služby – představuje široké spektrum možných iniciativ a konkrétních opatření. Kultivace vnitřní dimenze diplomacie poskytuje obrovský potenciál pro zvyšování její kvality a efektivity.

 Zdeněk Veselý: Mezinárodní vztahy v zrcadle dějin

Zdeněk Veselý: Mezinárodní vztahy v zrcadle dějin

VESELÝ, Zdeněk. Mezinárodní vztahy v zrcadle dějin. Plzeň : Vydavatelství a nakladatelství Aleš Čeněk, s.r.o, 2020. 671 s. ISBN 978-80-7380-792-4.

Publikace podává souhrnný a přehledný výklad stěžejních fakt, reálií a souvislostí dějin mezinárodních vztahů od vzniku lidských civilizací až do současného období 21. století. Osou výkladu je mezinárodně politická a diplomatická dimenze problematiky, opomenuty však nejsou ani potřebné vnitropolitické, mezinárodně právní a mezinárodně ekonomické skutečnosti. Autor se zaměřuje především na evropskou dimenzi mezinárodních vztahů, neboť především aktivity a vztahy mezi evropskými státy rozhodující měrou určovaly – s výjimkou nejstarších období a nejnovější současnosti – povahu a systém mezinárodních vztahů v celosvětovém měřítku. Pozornost je v této souvislosti věnována i klíčovým problémům vztahujících se k mezinárodnímu postavení českého státu. Vlastní výkladový text publikace je doprovozen výňatky stěžejních dokumentů, dobových názorů předních osobností mezinárodních vztahů, jejich medailonky a názory odborníků. Vzhledem k vysoké úrovni jejího zpracování lze publikaci doporučit nejen vysokoškolským studentům, ale také širší veřejnosti zajímající se o mezinárodní vztahy a jejich historii.

Jan Eichler: Expanze na pozvání

Jan Eichler: Expanze na pozvání

EICHLER, Jan. Expanze na pozvání. 1. vyd. Praha : Karolinum, 2019. 238 s. ISBN 978-80-246-4279-6. eISBN 978-80-246-4309-0 (online: pdf).

Jan Eichler se řadí k našim předním bezpečnostním analytikům. Tématem jeho knihy je rozšiřování NATO směrem na východ a jeho dopady na bezpečnostní situaci v celé Evropě. Veřejnosti předkládá osobitý a fundovaný pokus o aplikaci neorealistické teorie na reflexi vztahů mezi Spojenými státy a Ruskem v postsovětském prostoru po skončení studené války.