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.
In Defense of Nuclear Nonproliferation: The Existential Crisis Posed by Nuclear Deterrence
Nuclear deterrence has remained the global military strategy among nuclear powers since 1945. As it currently stands, this theory is outdated and impractical, as it rests upon assumptions which no longer encapsulate the present-day geopolitical landscape. As such, traditional nuclear deterrence poses an existential threat to us all, Emma Schubart argues. The doctrine needs to be revised in order to account for personalist dictators, the security dynamics of multiple nuclear states, instances of miscalculations and miscommunication, and the pitfalls of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
30 Years of the Visegrad Group: Achievements of the V4 and expectations from the Hungarian presidency
The Visegrad Group is an influential alliance in Central Europe that dates to 1991. Since then, the V4 states have launched several joint projects, international initiatives, and played an active role in the European political scheme. After the Polish presidency, Hungary takes over the lead in July 2021. It will have to face the challenges of the post-COVID-19 world. IPPS Fellow Adél Kovács argues that while mitigating the COVID-19 crisis remains the main focus, the Hungarian presidency will continue with cross-presidential activities and propose new programs on the agenda.
Wash Your Hands and Don’t Travel to Europe: How the Islamic State has Framed and Leveraged the COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted global operations in 2020 and 2021. The pandemic has also presented the Islamic State (IS) with unprecedented opportunities to regain its strength as a terrorist organization as it works to recover from its formal military defeat in 2019. The pandemic has continued to offer IS opportunities to validate its religious extremism, radicalize and recruit members, and exploit the current global distraction, which has hampered if not halted counterterrorism operations across the globe. Emma Schubart's policy paper argues that IS still presents a global threat as a terrorist organization. As such, if IS is to be defeated, counterterrorism efforts must be revised and resumed.