Martin Chovančík received his doctoral degree in the field of international relations from the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in 2014 for his thesis on the utilization of arms embargoes. During his studies, he spent a semester of methodological instruction at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth and cooperated professionally with the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the SR, as well as Jagello 2000 as the editor of analyses on the web portal natoaktual.cz. After his Ph.D. degree he joined Palacký University in Olomouc as a post-doc and was a Visiting scholar at the University of Toronto in 2015. He is currently involved with a number of research projects at the International Institute of Political Science at Masaryk University.
His research focuses on coercive diplomacy, arms trade, and non-military variants of armed conflict resolution, especially international sanctions and crisis mediations. He has authored or co-authored a series of articles on these issues including Iran coercion success and the use of non-kinetic force to support sanctions and prevent military escalation (2016), Managing armed conflict and the use of arms embargoes (2014), and in a more specific local context Czech and Slovak Defense Policies Since 1999: The Impact of Europeanization (2013).
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