Ondrej Ditrych is a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations Prague and an assistant professor in international security at the Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences. Previously, he was a Fulbright research fellow at the International Security Program, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School, a visiting researcher at Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik Berlin (SWP), a visiting scholar at Sciences Po Paris and an associate fellow at the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS). He also worked for NATO SHAPE. His research interests include (critical) international regimes analysis, Transatlantic security, EU external affairs (neighbourhood), terrorism and politics and security in the Caucasus. His new book Tracing the Discourses of Terrorism: Identity, Genealogy and State has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan, and his articles have appeared in journals including Security Dialogue, Europe-Asia Studies, or Journal of International Relations and Development.
Nik Hynek studied political science and international relations at the Masaryk University, the University of Plymouth, and the University of Bradford where he received his research doctorate degree in Security Studies and International Politics (2011). Currently he holds the title of Associate Professor (docent) after he received his habilitation at the Comenius University in Bratislava in Theory of Politics (2013). Apart from the Department of International Relations FSV UK he also works at the Metropolitan University Prague; in the past, he also worked at the Institute of International Relations in Prague where he founded and directed a research centre on security. He was a visiting research scholar at the Columbia University in New York and The London School of Economist and Political Science. Also, he is Associate Editor of the Journal of International Relations and Development (Palgrave Macmillan).
Vít Střítecký is an assistant professor in international security at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague and Metropolitan University, Prague. He studied security and IR programs at the Charles University, the Uppsala University, Sweden and the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. In his research he gradually focuses on the interplay between security and technology while in the Global Prohibition Regime project he covers the (non)-developing cyber regime. He has written several expert reports and his academic publications include numerous articles and book chapters as well as four research monographs.
Dr Ian Anthony is SIPRI Director for an interim period and Director of SIPRI's new European Security Programme. He has published numerous books on issues related to arms control, disarmament and export control.
Veronika Bílková is a research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague and a lecturer in international law at the Law Faculty of the Charles University in Prague. Graduated from the Law and Philosophical Faculties of the Charles University and the European Master´ s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation, holder of the diploma in international law from the University of Cambridge. Member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission) of the Council of Europe on behalf of the Czech Republic. Focuses on international law (the use of force, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and human rights).
Mike Bourne is Senior Lecturer in International Security Studies in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast. His research interests include arms control and disarmament, small arms, illicit trafficking, security theory, new materialism, and security technologies. His publications include numerous articles, book chapters, and the monographs ‘Arming Conflict: the proliferation of small arms’(2005) and ‘Understanding Security,’ (2014) both with Palgrave Macmillan.
Jan Ludvik is research fellow at the Center for Security Policy, Charles University in Prague. He studied at the Charles University and University of Richmond and holds advanced degrees in security studies and American studies. His research focus includes deterrence theory and nuclear strategy, proliferation, strategic theory, Czech and U.S. security policy.
Miroslav Nožina is a Research Fellow at Institute if International Relations. He holds degrees in Ethnology and Political Anthropology (Ph.D., Charles University in Prague). Previously, he was employed by the Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences (1987-1991). His areas of interest include drug issues and transnational crime. Among recent publications on these are: Bossové, vojáci a zrnka rýže: Vietnamské kriminální sítě v ČR a jejich mezinárodní dimenze [Bosses, Soldiers and the Grains of Rice: Vietnamese Criminal Networks in the Czech Republic and their International Dimension] (with Filip Kraus), KLP Prague 2012; Mandragora, morfin kokain. Drogový problém v českých zemích v dobách habsburské monarchie a v předválečném Československu [Mandragora, Morphine, Cocaine. Drug problem in the Czech countries in the times of Habsburk Monarchy and in the pre-War Czechoslovakia] (with. M. Vaněček), KLP Prague, 2009.
Jan Ruzicka is Lecturer in Security Studies in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University. He also serves as Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute. His research explores the implications of nuclear weapons, trusting relationships, and revolutions for international security. In the Global Prohibition Regimes project he focuses on the nuclear nonproliferation regime. His articles on this subject have appeared in International Affairs, Medicine, Conflict & Survival, or London Review of Books. Most recently, he is the author (with Campbell Craig) of 'The Nonproliferation Complex' published in Ethics & International Affairs (September 2013). His article (with Vincent C. Keating) 'No Need to Hedge: Trusting Relationships in International Politics' is forthcoming in the Review of International Studies.
Michal Smetana is PhD. candidate and lecturer at the Institute of Political Studies of Charles University in Prague. He graduated from Charles University with Bachelor's Degree in International Area Studies and Master's Degree in Security Studies. In 2013, he was appointed to the position of the Deputy Head of the Centre for Doctoral Studies. In the past years, he has been teaching several master-level courses with focus on international security at the Department of International Relations. Within the Global Prohibition Regimes project, he primarily deals with the nuclear non-proliferation regime and the dynamics of nuclear norms. His new book co-edited with Nik Hynek titled “Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, Political and Regional Perspectives” will be published by Routledge in 2015.
Miroslav Tůma was assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republi cafter ending his military career in December 1992. He worked there until his retirement in 2001, when he started to work as the senior research fellow of the Institute of International Relations in Prague. He is the author of several publications dealing mainly with arms control, nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation edited by the Institute of International Relationsin Prague (2002, 2009 and 2011) and other Institutes. The last one of 2011 is titled Jak dál v jaderném nešíření a odzbrojování? (What next in nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament). In 2006 SIPRI edited Policy Paper No. 14 titled Relics of Cold War, Defence Transformation in the Czech Republic written by Dr. Tuma. As an expert mainly in the nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation he contributes to various periodicals, and lectures on arms control and disarmament at the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague.
Cindy Vestergaard is a senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS), focusing on WMD governance. Previously she worked on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament policy and programming at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT). She is a regular contributor to media outlets and lectures nationally and internationally on weapons of mass destruction, proliferation and disarmament issues.