Alica Kizeková, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher, Institute of International Relations Prague

phone +420 251 108 203

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10/2017 - present: Senior Researcher, IIR Prague
10/2017 - present: Lecturer in International Relations, Mendel University in Brno
02/2015 - 09/2017: Adviser to the Speaker, Chamber of Deputies, Parliament of the Czech Republic
02/2014 - 01/2015: Head of Department of Asian Studies, Metropolitan University Prague
2012 - 2013: Teaching Fellow and Senior Research Assistant, Bond University, Qld, Australia
09 - 12/2011: Visiting Associate Fellow, RSIS-Center for Multilateralism, NTU, Singapore
2005 - 2011: Teaching Fellow and Senior Research Assistant, Bond University, Qld, Australia
2004 - 2005: Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Transport, Roads and Telecommunications of the Slovak Republic, Bratislava, Slovakia
2004:  Adjunct Tutor Fellow, Bond University, Qld, Australia


2007 - 2013: PhD by Research in International Relations, Bond University, Qld, Australia
Doctoral Thesis: Soft Balancing in the Indo-Asia-Pacific: Complexity, Threat and Contending Multilateral Frameworks (from ASEAN to the SCO)
1997-2002: Masters in International Relations and Diplomacy, University of Matej Bel, Banska Bystrica, Slovakia
Thesis: Japanese Perspectives of Japan-China Relations 1842-1941 (With Regard to Foreign Impacts on Japan-China Relations)


Slovak – Native
Czech – Active Knowledge
English – Active Knowledge
French – Active Knowledge
Spanish – Lower Intermediate
Russian – Passive Knowledge
Japanese – Basic Knowledge

Areas of Interest

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization
Soft balancing
Czech Foreign Politics
Chinese and Russian Foreign Politics
Great power relations and security in Central Asia and the Asia Pacific
Australian national identity
Multi-Track diplomacy
International Security
European Security


  • Member of the International Studies Association (ISA)
  • Member of CSCAP EU – Council on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific EU – Brussels/Paris

Teaching Experience

2017: Mendel University in Brno
Lecturer: Contemporary Issues in Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, ASEAN, human security, External Players: Australia, EU and Russia)

2014 - 2015: Metropolitan University Prague
Course Coordinator and Lecturer: Diplomacy, Economy and Security in the Asia Pacific (incl. business etiquette), External Security of the European Union, Introduction to Development Economics, Australian and Canadian Political Systems

2004-Present (Bond University, Qld, Australia)
Course Coordinator and Lecturer: Asian Diplomatic and Security Relations, Australia in the International Perspective (Culture, Security, Foreign Relations and Economic Ties), The European Union (Institutions, Country Case Studies, Security)
Eurasia, Introduction to International Relations

Seminar Instructor and Guest Lecturer: East-West International Diplomacy (the Case of North Korea and Six Party Talks), Global Institutions and Conflict Resolution, International Development, Introduction to Geopolitics, International Political Economy, Islam in Global Politics, Multilateral Diplomacy in Southeast Asia, Prospects for Global Politics, Strategic China


Books and book chapters

  • Forthcoming 2018: Soft Balancing in the Indo-Pacific: from ASEAN to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Routledge, London, UK, 978-1-4724-2885-1 (ISBN).
  • (2018): China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the 16+1 platform: the Case of the Czech Republic. In: Arduino, Alessandro - Gong, Xue (eds):  China: securing the Belt and Road initiative. Risk assessment, Private Security and special insurances along the new wave of Chinese outbound investments. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (2016): Multitrack Diplomatic Approaches to Border and Territorial Disputes in the Asia Pacific and Soft Balancing. In: Gerstl, Alfred - Strasakova, Maria (eds.): Unresolved Disputes in Southeast Asia. Brill, Leiden, December 2016.
  • (2016): Chinese Regionalism: Balancing and Constraint in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. In: H. Ping, Jonathan - McCormick, Brett (eds.): China’s Strategic Priorities. London: Routledge (Routledge Contemporary China Series).

Scholarly Articles (in peer-reviewed journals and journals with impact factor)

  • (2013): Australian National Identity and the Asian Century. The Annual of Language & Politics and Politics of Identity, vol. VII, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University Prague, The Czech Republic.

Other publications

  • Forthcoming 2017: China – Europe Relations: The New Silk Roads. The Culture Mandala, Centre for East – West Cultural & Economic Studies. Working paper, Bond University, Gold Coast, QLD, Australia.
  • (2015): Russia and Southeast Asia: Reciprocity in Engagements and Transnational Crime. Russian Analytical Digest No. 169, Center for Security Studies ETH Zurich a IERES George, Washington University, 2015.
  • Kizekova, Alica - Parepa, Laura-Anca (2015): Emerging China-led Regionalism and Soft Balancing. East Asia Security Symposium and Conference 东亚安全座谈谈论会. Beijing, June 2015.
  • (2014): The Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Regional Chessboards. Russian Analytical Digest No. 152, Center for Security Studies ETH Zurich a IERES George Washington University.
  • Kizekova, Alica - Ho, Benjamin (2014): The Future of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the context of Sino-Russian Interactions. Izvestiya Irkutskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta («the Bulletin of Irkutsk State University») (7): 108–115, Irkutsk, Russia, 2014.

Columns, Comments and Selected Media Appearances

Conference Participation (2013-Present)


  • "China’s Belt and Road Initiative: The Views from Central Europe", in The Global Reach of China’s BRI: Responses to BRI in Asia, Europe and Russia, the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Leiden, the Netherlands, 16-19 July 2019.
  • "The European Union and USA Meet China and Russia in Central Asia: A Case of Competing Norms and Goals", ISA Asia-Pacific Conference 2019, Singapore, 4-6 July 2019.
  • "Soft Balancing in the Age of Belt and Road Initiative: China’s Use of Regional Organizations and Balancing Ties with Russia and India", ISA-IDSS/KAIS Joint Conference 2019, Seoul, South Korea, 4-6 July 2019.
  • Tackling Regional and Global Security Challenges“, panelová diskuze v rámci sympózia The Future of Australia-EU Relations: Synergies and Shared Interests, Brusel, Belgie. 11. 6. 2019.
  • “Cooperation between V4 and the Western Balkans –  what role for think tanks? Think Visegrad Mid-Term Conference, Bratislava, Slovensko, 27-28. 5. 2019.
  • Think Visegrad Visiting Fellow, Brusel, Belgie. 8.-12.4.2019.
  • "The future of EU-Central Asia relations: Panel discussions and photo exhibition", SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations and TEPSA – Trans European Policy Studies Association Conference in Brussels, 4.4.2019, AESC Report, 25.4.2019.
  • "The European Union, USA and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Central Asia: Competing Actors with Different Goals?", konference: Economic and Strategic Impacts of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on Central Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia: Similarities and Differences, Olomouc, 20-21.3.2019.
  • "Two Arteries, One Heartland: As the Arctic, Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific Converge", Raisina 2019: A World Reorder, New Delhi, India, 8.1.2019.


  • Workshop on China’s "One Belt One Road" Initiative: Five Years On. East Asian Institute (EAI), National University of Singapore (NUS), 2. 11. 2018.

Delivered Conference Papers (2017)

  • Paper: 16+1 and the Czech assesment over FDI.Belt and road initiative: balancing chinese foreign direct investments and national security. Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, 1. 12. 2017.
  • “The Sino-Russian Partnership: Resolution of Border Disputes and Strategic Collaboration“, 9th Annual Prague Conference on Asian Studies – Conflicts and Their Reflections in South, Southeast and East Asia, Metropolitan University Prague, the Czech Republic, 3. 11. 2017.
  • Panel Chair: Partnerships with China: Rethinking Cooperation and Conflict. ISA International Conference 2017, Hong Kong University, 15. - 18. 6. 2017.
  • Paper: Sino-Russian Relations: Reluctant Allies?. ISA International Conference 2017, Hong Kong University, 15. - 18. 6. 2017.

Delivered Conference Papers (2016)

  • China and 16+1. Conference on Securing the Belt and Road Initiative: Risk Assessment, Private Security, and Special Insurances along the New Wave of Chinese FDI, Singapore, 28. 10. 2016.
  • 8th International Symposium “Czech Foreign Policy”,- Strategy in Foreign Policy. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, 21. 9.  - 22. 9. 2016.
  • China’s Engagements with the 16 Central and Eastern European countries: the case of the Czech Republic. One Belt One Road Connecting Europe and Asia: the New Silk Road economic, logistic and security network, Torino, Italy. 26. 2. 2016.

Delivered Conference Papers (2015)

  • Kizekova, Alica – Parepa, Laura-Anca (2015): Emerging China-led Regionalism and Soft Balancing. 2015 China’s Peripheral (Neighboring) Diplomacy to Build an Asia-Pacific Dream 中国的周边外交-—构建亚太梦, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, 26. 6. 2015.
  • Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Seeking Transnational Crime Connections in Southeast Asia. Voices from Outside: Re-Shaping International Relations Theory and Practice in an Era of Global Transformation, ISA-Global South, Singapore, 8-10. 1. 2015.

Delivered Conference Papers (2013-2014)

  • The Council on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific (CSCAP) EU Committee and Preventive Diplomacy in the Asian Context. 6th Annual Prague Conference on Asian Studies – Do Good Fences Make Good Neighbors? Borders and Borderlands in the Asia Pacific, Metropolitan University Prague, the Czech Republic, 7-8. 11. 2014.
  • Limitations of Institutional Frameworks in Engaging China in Cooperative Security Arrangements in the Asia Pacific. 6th Annual International Conference – Intra-Asian Connections: Interactions, flows, landscapes, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-24. 10. 2014.
  • Networked Regionalism: Shanghai Cooperation Organization and ASEAN. The Sixth Oceanic Conference on International Studies, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, 9-11. 7. 2014.
  • “The SCO as the Zone of Shared Understanding: Recent developments and future prospects. 2014 New Great Power Relations and Reshaping Regional Structures 新型大国关系与重塑地区结构, China Foreign Affairs University, Beijing, China, 5. 7.  2014.
  •  Kizekova, Alica – Ho Tze Ern, Benjamin (2013): The Future of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Sino-Russian Interactions. Conference Europe and Asia-Pacific countries: Problems of Interaction, European Union Centre in Siberia a Fernand Braudel Center for International and European Studies, ISU, Irkutsk, Russia, 30. 9. -1. 10. 2013.