Associate Professor at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies MU (since 2008). Here, he had a function of Vice Dean (since 2008), in present he holds the position of Dean (since 2011). In the past he had a function of Director of International Institute of Political Science of Masaryk University (2004 – 2009).
In his research he specializes in US foreign policy after the Cold War with a focus on US priorities towards Central and Eastern Europe. In light of political development in Central European countries he deals with their domestic policy and foreign policy aspects. He puts special emphasis on Visegrad Group and analysis of mutual relations between these states as well as their membership in the European Union and North Atlantic Alliance.
He has published a number of articles, studies and analyses in the Czech Republic and abroad, he contributed as an author and editor to several book titles: Zahraniční politika politických stran v České republice, Maďarsku, Polsku a na Slovensku (author and editor with Miroslav Mareš), Národnostní politika v postkomunistických zemích (author and editor with Petr Fiala), Nacionalistické politické strany v Evropě (author and editor with Petr Fiala), Pobaltí v transformaci – politický vývoj Estonska, Litvy a Lotyšska (author and editor) or Integrační pokusy ve středoevropském prostoru I., II. (author and editor, 1998, 1999).
Besides lecturing activities at the Faculty of Social Studies MU he lectures abroad on regular basis and participates in international conferences and seminars.
In academic year 2003 – 2004 he held a function of Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the University of Columbia in New York, where he realized his research on US foreign policy in 1990s.
He is a member of several expert commissions and councils: Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council, Czech Committee for Central and Eastern European Studies at the Czech Academy of Sciences, Board of Institute for Strategic Studies. In years 2002 – 2004 he had a function of Executive Director of the East European Summer School Club.
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