Policy papers

28.11.2019 | Matúš Halás
A Global Arms Control Regime on Short- and Medium-Range Missiles
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which resolved the crisis in the 80s between East-West relations, limiting ground-launched delivery vehicles with a range between 500 and 5,500 km, ceased to be a valid international law document since August 2019 between the United States and the Russia Federation. Matúš Halás, Head of Center for European Security (IIR), illustrates in his Policy Paper titled "A Global Arms Control Regime on Short and Medium-Range Missiles" the example of a possible global regime limiting the development and deployment of ground-launched short- and medium-range ballistic and cruise missiles.
27.11.2019 | Miroslav Tůma
The Importance of Verification and Transparency in the Nuclear-Arms Control
Miroslav Tůma in his  new Policy Paper titled "The Importance of Verification and Transparency in the Nuclear-Arms Control, Nonproliferation and Disarmament Process" explains how monitoring and verification procedure associated with the nuclear-arms control, nonproliferation and disarmament process is nowadays important, especially in the sphere between US and Russia, which posses 90% of nuclear weapons all over the world. The author also analyses the development of the verification procedure in this field and its future curse.
12.11.2019 |
The European Union in Central Asia: Balancing Competing Actors and Opportunities for the V4 Countries
Alica Kizeková, PhD., researcher at the IIR, published a policy paper within the framework of a platform Think Visegrad, which deals with the strategy of European Union in Central Asia and the opportunities for the states of Visegrád Group.
27.09.2019 | Pavel Havlíček
10 Years of Eastern Partnership: From Prague to Brussels and How to Proceed?
The Eastern Partnership (EaP) policy celebrated its 10th anniversary during the sixth high-level conference in Brussels in May 2019 and it is now undergoing a process of strategic reflection on its future.
Egypt, a future gas supplier to the European Union?
New paper of Jan Mazač and Lukáš Tichý from the IIR's Centre for Energy Policy focuses on possible energy cooperation of the EU and Egypt.
The European Union must effectively develop energy relations with global producers and partners
There are almost no oil or gas resources in the EU. To strengthen its energy security, the EU has taken a number of measures in its energy policy. To find out which measures these were read the policy paper of our Centre for Energy Policy.
24.02.2017 | Michal Šimečka
European Strategic Autonomy: Distant but Irresistible
Under pressure from overlapping crises, writes Michal Šimečka in his newest policy paper, the European Union is embracing a more assertive role in security. The election of Donald Trump has added a further sense of urgency and purpose to EU defence cooperation. The pursuit of European strategic autonomy is not just a matter of upgrading capabilities, building institutions, or re-calibrating EU–NATO cooperation. It is also a struggle to re-invent the EU’s identity. The Czech Republic emerged as a supporter of the new dynamic, but Prague should do more to back its rhetorical support with tangible commitments and policy leadership.
09.02.2017 | Benjamin Tallis
Czech-German Relations: A Dialogue in Place of Strategy, in Hope of Strategy and in Need of Strategy
"The Czech-German Strategic Dialogue has been hailed as a significant upgrading of relations between the two countries. However, while it holds great potential, the dialogue mainly covers practical or tactical cooperation and is currently lacking in real strategic content. This deficit reflects a wider lack of strategic convergence between the partners and requires political, rather than bureaucratic action to address it. Doing so will require a larger shift in foreign policy thinking and action, particularly on the Czech side," writes Benjamin Tallis in his newest policy paper.
22.12.2016 | Benjamin Tallis
Migration: A Crisis Europe Can’t Keep Out
"Difficulties in persuading EU Member States (EUMS) to act in solidarity with each other – or with refugees – have led to a focus on the ‘external dimensions’ of the migration crisis. This has created a misleading impression of the crisis as external to, rather created by, the EU and EUMS. Equally misleadingly, this framing suggests that the crisis can be dealt with outside, rather within the EU – generally by trying to stop the flow of migrants to Europe. This policy paper challenges this framing and argues that the migration crisis is one of Europe’s own making – and one which must be addressed, primarily, at home," writes Benjamin Tallis in his new policy paper on migration.
The Use of Force Against the Islamic State
The Islamic State (IS) must not be recognized as a State. It is an illegitimate non-state actor engaged in serious violations of international law. The use of force against the IS does not have a uniform legal basis. Some of the related actions can be justified on the grounds of the consent of the territorial State (this is the case with the US in Iraq, and Russia in Syria). The legality of other actions against the IS (those of Turkey in Iraq, and of the US in Syria) remains doubtful. The IS is likely to be defeated in the upcoming months. The situation does not require a more active engagement by the Czech Republic beyond what it is already doing (provision of weapons, training of armed and police personnel, etc.).


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