Centre for European Security

Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations

The Institute of International Relations has established its new Centre for European Security (CES) to take up the challenge of exploring the new contours of this emerging global security (dis)order from a European – and particularly Central European – perspective. Amidst the proliferation of security research centres in Central Europe, CES is exceptional in that it brings together experts from the fields of Security Studies and European Studies to provide a powerful combination of regional and thematic expertise. The CES is therefore well positioned to provide the necessary insight into security in Europe, the security of Europe and the role of the EU and its member states as security actors. Uniquely in Central Europe, the CES combines these strengths with the distinctively European approaches to security that have emerged in the last twenty years, but which have yet to be fully applied in the region. I am confident that the CES will be a valuable addition to the activities of the Institute of International Relations in Prague and that it will soon establish itself as one of the leading centres for European security in the region and beyond. ... (full introductory word)

Petr Kratochvíl, Director of the Institute of International Relations

European Security Spotlight

Fortress Britain vs. Liberal Britain: Responding Effectively to Terrorism

"With troops on the streets after the Manchester attack, liberal Britain is threatened by harsh (and ineffective) responses to terror," writes Benjamin Tallis in the newest European Security Spotlight related to the possible British responses to the terrorist attack in Manchester. (Benjamin Tallis)



A European Response to Russian Intelligence Activity

Russian spies do not simply gather information, but seek directly to undermine European solidarity, and require a response to match. (Mark Galeotti)



 Russia’s Nuclear Brinkmanship, 26. 7. 2016

Since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and subsequent deterioration in Russia's relations with the EU and NATO, nuclear deterrence returned to the forefront of debates on European security. NATO leaders are under pressure to re-open NATO's own nuclear deterrence posture. The communiqué adopted at the recent NATO summit in Warsaw pointed to Russia's "irresponsible and aggressive nuclear rhetoric", and explicitly affirmed the role of strategic nuclear forces in NATO's revamped policy of deterrence...(Ezy Sassoon)

More European Security Spotlights.

 The CES Team











Jan Eichler
Senior Researcher