Issue 11:4

Lucia Argüellová

Normalization of U.S.-Cuban Relations: The End of the ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Policy – the End of the Cold War?

After the 1959 triumph of Cuban revolution and before the 2017 U.S. policy change that ended the preferential treatment of Cuban arrivals, the U.S. approach to Cuban migrants and refugees reflected U.S. foreign policy goals locked into the Cold War mind-set. This article argues that over a five-decade-long hostility and the subsequent normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations played a crucial role in the push-pull framework of Cuban exodus. It interprets the U.S. open-door policy favouring Cuban…

Issue 11:4

Kristýna Tamchynová

Securitizing Migration, Europeanizing Czechs?

Lately, we have witnessed continuing heightened migration to Europe. Despite this not being a new phenomenon, it has been often described as such. One of the possible explanations for this narrative of exception is that migration is being securitised in order to strengthen the EU, and its identity. The article analyses a specific part of Czech discourse in a key period of May 2015 to May 2016 to analyse whether that is true in the rather EU-sceptic Czech Republic. It argues that rather than a…

Issue 11:4

Vít Střítecký and Petr Špelda

Establishing the Complexity of the Islamic State’s Visual Propaganda

Security analysts have not systematically studied visual discourses, even if they apparently play a prominent role in current propaganda efforts. The article intends to address this disciplinary insufficiency by introducing an inter-scientific approach to analysing large visual data samples. The article illustrates the method by applying it to the dataset comprised of the IS’s visual stills. To achieve this goal, the article will first introduce an archive compiled by utilising the knowledge of…

Issue 11:4

Gerald Power and Jaroslav Weinfurter

Czech Responses to Thatcher and Thatcherism: The Evidence of the Newspapers, 1984-2013

This article explores change and continuity in the evolution of the mainstream Czech and Czechoslovak discourse on Thatcherism and Margaret Thatcher’s own political persona. It examines the attitudes and positions on these matters as expressed and channelled through Czech-language mass print platforms, intended for broad public readership. Elaborating on the intricate and interest-infused roles that print and other mass media play in the design and architecture of socio-political discourse, the…

Issue 11:4

Markos Troulis

Power Politics and Energy Politics: Two Sides of the Same Euro Coin

The growing EU energy market and the decline of its domestic hydrocarbon reserves have made the EU-Russia energy relations a very debatable and significant issue of the very near future. It is unquestioned that energy trade is found at the core of every political entity or group of entities desiring to be independent and self-helped. The current paper aims to discuss the theoretical legacy of this energy debate on the basis of international relations theory and international political economy…

Issue 11:4

Marek Čejka

The Narrative of the Czech-Israeli Strategic Relations in the European Context

This article is a particular case study that analyzes the causes and assumptions of how the Czech political elite looks towards Israel and how this view affects the fact that current Czech-Israeli relations have such a high standard in the European context and that the state of Israel has one of its staunchest allies in the Czech Republic. Keywords: Czech-Israeli Relations, The Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Israel, Václav Havel, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Strategic partnership, Czechoslovak…

Issue 11:4

Andrej Semenov

The EU, Kosovo and Serbia: The Quest for the Status

The task of this paper is twofold. Firstly, it classifies and explores the three approaches to solving the conflict in Kosovo. The first approach, coined into the phrase ‘Kosovo as a unique case’, undermines academic debates revolving around Kosovo and it is of no use for scientific purposes. The second approach rests on the assumption that Serbia will eventually recognize Kosovo as a sovereign state in exchange for membership in the EU. However, there is no evidence for such a claim - quite…

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Mitchell Blatt

IS PUBLIC CONCERN ABOUT ISIS RATIONAL?

Are public fears about ISIS rational? A detailed global survey released by the Pew Research Center in August found that across 38 countries, ISIS is the issue the world’s people are most concerned about, besting climate change, in a plurality of countries surveyed. But did those surveyed overstate the real threat of ISIS? Combat journalist Michael Cruickshank wrote on Twitter, “Crazy how irrationally afraid people are off ISIS. Shows how effective their propaganda is.” It’s true that everyday…

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Executive Editor's analysis for Issue 11:3, by David Erkomaishvili

The Dilemma of US Leadership

When Barack Obama came to power in 2009 he was quick to define the focal point of his first presidency − global denuclearisation. It wasn’t too long before Obama and his newly elected Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev met in Prague to ink the New START Treaty. Everything seemed to be moving in the right direction. The tone set by current US President Donald Trump could not be more different. Unlike his predecessor, Trump has prioritised domestic issues over foreign policy. Yet, despite the…

Issue 11:3

Miloš Balabán

From the End of History to the Post-American World: Global Politics, Economy and Security at the Turn of the Epoch

The author analyses a number of major works by American scholars (Fukuyama, Huntington, Zakaria, Nye, Haass, Mearsheimer, Brzezinski, Jentleson, Wright, Ikenberry, Jones) that examine the global power shifts, especially with regard to the changing position and role of the US as the leading Western power. The United States is coming to terms with the end of the unipolar moment and adapting to new political, economic and security realities ushered in by the rise of non-Western powers. The above…

Issue 11:3

Federico Donelli

Features, Aims and Limits of Turkey’s Humanitarian Diplomacy

Several scholars agree that Turkey applied humanitarian diplomacy as part of its global opening, a consequence of which is that it became a medium global player. However, it is still not clear – and thus still under research – what does Turkey’s experience teach us regarding humanitarian diplomacy? For the literature what is unique in Turkey’s application? In order to provide an empirically backed response to such research questions, this paper initially studies What Turkey did with…

Issue 11:3

Michal Prokop

The Alawites and the Labyrinthine Routes of Peace in Syria

For the past six years, Syria has been trapped in a deep political turmoil, which has had a grave impact on peace and stability in the Middle East. Amid the rising atrocities committed on the Syrian population by the Syrian government, the rebels and the Islamic state, the Russian Federation decided in September 2015 to provide a military solution while supporting one side of the conflict. The increased use of force in Syria by foreign powers like the US, the UK, France and Turkey as well as…

Issue 11:3

Ksenia Muratshina

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and post-Soviet Central Asia: New Multilateral Bank Formation in the Context of China’s Economic Interaction with post-Soviet Central Asian Countries

This paper analyses what consequences the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank’s (AIIB) formation brings to partnerships between the People’s Republic of China and the post-Soviet states of Central Asia—the Republics of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. Given that Beijing initiated this new multilateral bank’s formation and controls its activity to a great extent, the AIIB’s concept and activity are examined in the context of China’s global and regional objectives.…

Issue 11:3

Iva Sojková

The Beijing Consensus: Characteristics of China’s Official Development Finance in Ghana, 2000–2013

Chinese development financial flows provided to African recipients have gained a lot of attention for their volume and nature representing an alternative approach to development. It is the aim of the article to examine the observance of principles of the Chinese development model, the Beijing Consensus, through Official Development Finance (ODF) delivered to Ghana between 2000 and 2013. Due to the lack of information published on development finance by Chinese government, the author uses…

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