She is an assistant professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University and since 2012 she has worked as a researcher at the International Institute of Political Science (IIPS MU). In her research she focuses mainly on the issue of non-international armed conflicts, ethnic conflicts, international relations theory, conflicts in the Caucasus, translatlantic relations, NATO enlargement, foreign policy of Russia and international security.
In 2014 she finished her Doctoral degree in International Relations at FSS MU. During her doctoral studies she took part in six-month stay at the Department of Political Science, Baylor University of Texas, USA; doctoral course at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in Norway; ECPR Summer School on Methods and Techniques, Mixed Methods Design in Ljubljana and research stay at Freie Universität Berlin. Zinaida Bechná is the author or co-author of many research articles in Czech and foreign revues and she regularly presents her research at prestigious international conferences, as for example at Annual Convention na International Studies Association (ISA) and at the Department of War Studies na King's College London.
As a member of faculty research team she participates in following projects: Ozbrojené konflikty v mezinárodních vtazích po skončení studené války (GA407/09/0153) and Aktuální otázky evropské a mezinárodní politiky II (MUNI/A/0898/2013).
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