Dr. Helena Reimer Burgrová

IIR Associate Researcher


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Employment

2014, 2016: Lecturer at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany  - (Geo)politics of the Middle East
2012 - 2016: PhD Scholarship holder of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Germany

Education

2011 – 2017: PhD candidate, Universität der Bundeswehr, Munich, Germany. (Dissertation: Egypt’s endless state of emergency. The “war on terror” during the reign of Husni Mubarak (1981-2011))
2008 – 2010: M.A. in International Relations. Faculty of Arts, Westbohemian University in Pilsen. Thesis: Role hnutí Hamás v egyptské zahraniční politice (The role of Hamas in the Egyptian foreign policy).
2005 – 2008: B.A. In Middle Eastern Studies. Faculty of Arts, Westbohemian University in Pilsen. Thesis: The Jordan riven as a source of conflict.

Foreign Research Fellowships, Internships

2013: field research, Cairo, Egypt
2011: al-Diwan, Arabic language center, Cairo, Egypt
2010: Arab West Report (internship), Cairo, Egypt.
2009: Cambridge University, Center for Jewish-Christian relations, the UK.
2008: Jordan University in Amman, Arabic Language Center, Jordan.
2007: Mahatta al-Hikma in Zabadani, Arabic summer school, Syria.

Languages

Czech – mother tongue
English – C2
German – C2
Arabic – B2
Ivrit – A2 (passive knowledge)

Areas of interest

MENA-region: security politics, regional relations, terrorism (special focus on IS and its offsets at Sinai)
Egypt - political situation: the human rights violations/torture, military and security forces, civil society, the situation of the Christian minority, foreign policy
Copenhagen school - securitization

Publications

Books, chapters in boooks

  • Ježová, Michaela - Burgrová, Helena (eds.): Současný Blízký východ. Politický, ekonomický a společenský vývoj od druhé světové války do současnosti. (The contemporary Middle East. Political, economical and societal developments since the second world war till present). Barrister&Principal, Brno 2012. (author of chapters: Egypt, Jordan, Gulf monarchies).

Scholarly Articles (peer-reviewed journals)

  • The Security Question in the post-Mubarak Egypt. The Security Void in Sinai. In: Obrana a Strategie. 2014, No. 1.
  • Hrdina povstání? Příběh egyptské armády v revolučním Egyptě (The hero of the uprising? The story of the Egyptian military in revolutionary Egypt).  In: Nový Orient, 2013, Vol. 68, No. 3, p. 55-61.
  • Příčiny egyptské revoluce (The Origins of the Egyptian Revolution). In: ACTA FF ZČU, No. 1/2013, p. 95-113.

Other Scholarly Publications

Other Articles

  • Insecurity in Sinai and Beyond. DGAPkompakt 1, January 2016, 5pp.
  • Egypt pět let po revoluci – represe, strach a rezignace. Mezinárodní politika, 28. 2. 2016.
  • (Ne)bezpečná Sinaj? ((In)secure Sinai?). Mezinárodní politika (Volná tribuna), July 2013.
  • Is It Time to Reconsider the U.S. Aid to Egypt?. Euro-Atlantic Quarterly, Spring/2012, p. 18-19.
  • Egyptské parlamentní volby. Je islám řešením? (The Egyptian Parliamentary Elections. Is Islam the Solution?). Mezinárodní politika, No. 2/2012, p. 37-39.
  • Quo vadis, Egypte? (Quo vadis, Egypt?). Mezinárodní politika, No. 6/2011, p. 8-10.
  • Muhammad el-Baradej. Vůdce egyptské opozice? (Muhammad el-Baradei. The Leader of the Egyptian Opposition?). Mezinárodní politika, No. 3/2011, p. 35-37.
  • Parlamentní volby v Egyptě: generálka před prezidentskými volbami? (Parliamentary Elections in Egypt: Rehearsal before the Presidential Elections?). Mezinárodní politika, p. 35-37.

Selected Seminars, Lectures and Conferences

  • 3. 3. 2018: YRO Outreach Seminar for young reserve officers, Confédération interalliée des officiers de reserve, Praha (Workshop: Intercultural communication & culture(s) of the Middle East).
  • 24. 5. 2017:  interní vzdělávací seminář, Odbor azylové a migrační politiky ministerstva vnitra, Praha (Příspěvek: Teroristické organizace na Blízkém východě).
  • 23. 3. 2017: komentář a diskuze k filmu „Clash“, Arabfest, Plzeň.
  • 16. 2. 2017: Expert Round Table “How stable is Egypt”, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Berlín (Příspěvek: The failing “war on terror” in Egypt).
  • 30. 3. 2016: Film Festival "Jeden svět", comment on documentary film " Muka arabského jara", Olomouc.
  • 2. 10. 2015:  EUMEF Policy Workshop “Deconstructing Islamist terrorism in Egypt” organized by DGAP, Berlín, Germany (Paper title: The rise of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis/Wilayat Sinai. Constraints of counter-terrorism campaign in the Sinai Peninsula).
  • 25. 9. 2015: EISA 9. Pan-European Conference. University of Catania, Giardini Naxos, Italy (Paper title: Sovereign violence in the Egyptian war on Terror under Husni Mubarak).
  • 21. 5. 2015: The University of Glasgow Graduate Conference on Human Rights 2015. Glasgow, Great Britain (Paper title: Human rights vs. security discourse in Egypt).
  • 2. 10. 2013: Arabské jaro – Západočeská univerzita v Plzni (Paper title: Egyptská válka proti terorismu).
  • 28. 6. 2013: PSS-ISA Conference – Budapest, Hungary (Paper title: Reconsideration of security in post-Mubarak Egypt).
  • 11. 5. 2013: Arabische Frühling - Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Wesseling, Germany (Paper title: The Egyptian army – the unchallenged actor).
  • 29. 4. 2012: Islam and the Others - University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic (Paper title: Egypt a year after).
  • 23. 6. 2011: Roundtable discussion: Arabské revoluce 2011 (Arab Revolutions 2011) - Institute of International Relations, Prague, Czech Republic.
  • 14. 4. 2011: Islam and Europe - University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic (Paper title: Reading Islam).
  • 11. 3. 2011: Discussion: Současný vývoj v Egyptě (Current Developments in Egypt) - Academic Society of Czech-Slovak Students of Political Science, Pilsen, Czech Republic.
  • 8. 4. 2010: The Middle East in Contemporary world 2010 - University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic (Paper title: Hamas' political rise since the elections 2006).

Selected Columns and Media Appearances

 





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