The mission of the Institute is to cultivate the Czech political and public sphere through professional and open discussion. We aim to create a living platform which defines problems, analyzes them, and offers recipes for their solution in the form of cooperation with experts, politicians, international conferences, seminars, public discussions, and political and social analysis available to the whole of Czech society. We believe that open discussion with experts and the recognition of the causes of problems is a necessary presumption for any successful solution to the political and social problems facing society today.
Digital Czech Republic 2020
Digital Czech Republic 2020
Cybersecurity in Israel and EU: Sharing of experience
“CIRCMIGR – Improving circular migration between Belarus and Poland, Slovakia and Czechia”
Do you want to know more about the Internship?
Future of Global Free Trade – Transatlantic Perspective
There are many issues facing the future of transatlantic trade between the US and the EU. Arguably the three most important are: 1) What happens with the UK?, 2) US sanctions relating to Nord Stream 2, and possible tariffs on European vehicles, 3) The relationship between the US and China.
These three events will all strongly influence how the EU and the US proceed with transatlantic relations. The UK is faced with competing and contradictory demands from the EU and the US but needs to come to individual agreements with both. Additionally, the sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and potential for tariffs on European cars is creating a rift between the US and EU and, thus far, appears to be souring relations at least a little bit. Especially, after the Navalny case, tensions between Berlin and Moscow rose as the agreement on the gas pipeline came under pressure. The project started in 2011 to transport gas from Russia to Europe. It could therefore suffer significant slowdowns until the Kremlin provides explanations concerning the well-known politician and blogger, currently hospitalized in Berlin after being was deliberately poisoned on a domestic flight to Russia in late August. Finally, the US has adopted a “two-track” approach to China. The relation between China and the US is key to the EU, which is stuck in the crossfire of the ongoing trade war between the two.
This paper will first give a brief background on EU-US trade, before going into the what will happen next with the UK. Following this, the paper will examine the possibility of additional tariffs on European vehicles and the current sanctions on Nord Stream 2 and what these both mean for the EU. Finally, US-China relations and their effect and relevance to the EU, and the impact of Coronavirus on US-EU trade relations will be reviewed.
Risk and Reality: Italy Today
The novel coronavirus struck Italy fast and hard, yet signs of recovery have emerged. Northern Italy was especially vulnerable as it was the source of the virus spread, and 49% of Italian deaths are registered in the Lombardy region. The rapid spread led Italy into total lockdown to halt the spread of the virus. On the other hand, today, Italy has stabilized its daily cases and resumed travel with its European Union member states. Resuming travel and business is crucial for the Italian economy and everyday optimism of citizens. As more time passes and data is gathered, we have a better idea of how coronavirus spreads and who is most affected. Healthy Czechs are now able to calculate their own risk and travel to Italy without further fear.
Terrorism in East Africa: Rise of Al-Shabaab and How to Counter It
Al-Shabaab is a militant Islamist group, the East African branch of Al-Qaeda, which has extended its operations beyond the borders of Somalia. It carried out attacks in neighboring countries, namely Kenya and Uganda. The composition of the militants also goes beyond the Somali nationality. Thus, Al-Shabaab can be also defined as an international terrorist organization or movement. Even though the Al-Shabaab tactics have been in recent years increasingly described as guerrilla-style, elements corresponding to the definition of terrorism cannot be denied, whether in the form of specific attacks or psychological influence on the society.
The terrorist organization was able to capture large territories of central and southern Somalia. It was also able to acquire a variety of arms, ammunition, and Improvised Explosive Device (IED) components, and use them to conduct deadly attacks throughout the entire region of East Africa. The main Al-Shabaab’s ideological goal is to create an Islamic State in Somalia (not to confuse with “ISIS” in Syria/Iraq). Al-Shabaab’s ideological doctrine is similar to other radical islamist groups. It is a Salafist doctrine with the implementation of the strict version of the Sharia law. The ideology of Al-Shabaab was significantly radicalized through pledging allegiance to Al-Qaeda’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2012, and with the outcome of internal disputes resulting in the dismissal of politically pragmatic commanders Hassan Dahir Aweys, Mukhtar Roobow, Ibrahim al-Afghani or Ma'alim Burhan.