He graduated in political science and history at the Faculty of Arts at Masaryk University. He became associate professor of political sciences in 2006, based on his habilitation thesis “End of Germany as a civilian power? Germany’s out-of-area operations during the red-green coalition of 1998-2005.” In further training he completed courses „1st Security Policy and Defense Management Course“ (Center for Defense Studies in Aberdeen and Center for European Security Studies in Groningen) and „Leaders for the 21st Century Course 99-2“ (George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies). In 2009, he studied U.S. National Security at the U.S. Winter Institute on (University of Delaware, Newark, USA).
He specializes in international relations, international security organizations, German and Czech security policies, civilian command and democratic control of armed forces, and the history of armed conflicts. He has authored or co-authored five monographs and over forty peer-reviewed articles home and abroad, including five studies indexed in Web of Science, four in SCOPUS, and dozens of popularizing and journalistic texts. Between 2006-2010 he participated as co-investigator in the German PRIF project „The Image of the Democratic Soldier in European Comparison“. He was also lead investigator in national projects funded by the Grant Agency of the CR (NATO Adaptation, Armed conflicts after the Cold War), and by the Czech Academy of Sciences (Civilian Command and Democratic Control of the Czech Armed Forces).
He is currently lead investigator in the Grant Agency of the CR project “Germany and military out-of-area operations: civilian power, trading state, or middle power?”, set to conclude in 2019 and lead investigator and manager of the Czech Ministry of the Interior grant “Methodology for the forecast, early warning, and prevention of threats to Czech internal security from regional armed conflicts”. This project is set to conclude in 2020. On a long-term basis, he is also involved in specific research grants at MU. He has successfully supervised 8 Ph.D. candidates. In 2010 and 2011 he was part of the Czech Defense Minister’s expert team producing the White Paper on the Defense of the Czech Republic 2011.
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