IIR in the media

What will 2015 hold for Central Europe?
The Visegrad Four (V4) countries are coming off a difficult last year in which divisions over their differing attitudes towards Russia and the sanctions policy were made public for all to see. These divisions have created serious concerns about the unity of the region and its reliability in carrying out EU and NATO policies. The year 2015 will therefore be considered a do-over. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to a complicated Budapest earlier this week, followed by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit on 17 February, represent the first steps of this pivotal year for V4 countries, which have a lot to prove to each other and to their European partners.
Czech Foreign Policy: Shift in the Values?
Over the last couple of months, the Czech Foreign policy attracted substantial attention of both domestic and foreign media. This concerned not only the reaction to President Miloš Zeman´s official visit to China, but also the ambiguity of the Czech political elites towards sanctions imposed on Russia in reaction to the conflict in Ukraine. To discuss these issues, as well as the position and role of the Visegrad Group, Vera – Karin Brazova from The Virtual Forum for Visegrad+ Studies met with Petr Kratochvíl.
04.09.2014 | Petr Kratochvíl
Czechs to announce defence spending increase at NATO summit
„President Miloš Zeman is set to announce an increase in the Czech Republic’s defence budget at the NATO summit in Wales on Thursday. Czech leaders also support plans to create a rapid-response military force.“
07.07.2014 | Michal Kořan
Debating V4: Michal Kořan
A new article by Michal Kořan analyzing the V4, its mission and possible solutions to disagreements among its members.
Will the Visegrad Four Survive Ukraine?
"The crisis to the east is severely testing cooperation in Central Europe. Is a successful “trademark” still working in the current political climate and could it survive an existential crisis? The answer to this question is key for the Visegrad Four – the most visible cooperative project of post-communist countries in Central Europe."
Ukraine-Krise entzweit Visegrád-Staaten
"Im Interview mit Prager Zeitung Redakteur Martin Nejezchleba verweist Michal Kořan auf innenpolitische Motive, wenn es darum geht zu erklären, warum Tschechien un die Slowakei Nato-Truppen auf ihrem Staatsgebiet ablehnen. In Wirklichkeit bereiten die Regierungschefs das Feld für unpopuläre Schritte, sagt Michal Kořan."
22.05.2014 | Petr Kratochvíl
La République tchèque 10 ans après l'entrée en UE
On 15th May the Czech Center Paris presented a discussion between Petr Kratochvíl, the director of the Institute of International Relations, Prague, and Jacques Rupnik, the director of research at the Center for International Studies and Research (CERI), Sciences Po in Paris.The discussion titled “La République tchèque 10 ans après l'entrée en UE” was aimed at the broad public and you can watch it here.
22.05.2014 | Petr Kratochvíl
The ideational clinch of the Roman Catholic Church and the EU: The Europeanization of the Catholic clergy’s discourse?
The article by Petr Kratochvíl and Tomáš Doležal was published in the Journal of Language and Politics.JLP is well-known impacted journal, which has been described as a "forum for analysing and discussing the various dimensions in the interplay of language and politics".
11.04.2014 | conference
IIR in the media: Analyzing world events
The crisis in Ukraine has continued to be the focal point of our researchers’ analyses and commentaries in the media. But despite the importance of the crisis, there have been other themes that our researchers focused on. Above all, these included the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda, the situation in Egypt and the 15th anniversary of the Czech membership in NATO.
31.03.2014 | Jan Hornát
Say No to a Balance of Power in Asia
"Many analogies and parallels have been made between the current power interplay in the Indo-Pacific and the balance-of-power system of nineteenth century Europe. This narrative is easily accepted by conventional wisdom, but it is necessary to concentrate on the potential implications of a genuine balance of power system in the region. Despite the Nixon-Kissinger proposition that “the road to peace still depends on a balance of power”, equilibrium of power in the Indo-Pacific may increase tensions and have adverse effects than fostering a benign and peaceful regional environment."


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