Jan Ruzicka

Photograph of Jan Ruzicka.

Lecturer in Security Studies

BA Charles University Prague
MA Brandeis University; Central European University
PhD University of Wales, Aberystwyth


Email: jlr@aber.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1970 628673
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
Office: 3.15


Jan was appointed as Lecturer in Security Studies in August 2011. Since October 2013 he serves as Director of the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies.  Previously, he worked in the Department as a research assistant on the project ‘The Challenges to Trust-Building in Nuclear Worlds’. From 2006 to 2009 he was Marie Curie doctoral fellow in the Department, where he defended his thesis in 2010. The thesis combined a theoretical critique of securitization theory with historical case studies of the French and Russian revolutions. Prior to coming to Aberystwyth, he served as the chief aide to a ranking member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Security of the Senate of the Czech Republic from 2004 to 2006. A graduate of Charles University in Prague, he received his MA degrees in politics at Brandeis University (Fulbright Scholarship) and in international relations at Central European University (Soros Foundation Scholarship).


Jan’s research interests can broadly be divided into three main areas: security studies; international relations theory; and area studies with emphasis on Central Europe. In security studies his research focuses on theories of security, the relationship between politics and security, nuclear weapons and emerging security threats. Jan’s work in international relations theory concentrates on the problem of theorizing trust at the international level. He has developed the concept of trusting relationship and currently works on anchoring the concept in a more general theory of international politics. Finally, he has had a long-standing research interest in area studies. This research has led to several articles on regional politics of Central Europe.

Teaching Areas


IPM1220 Critical Security Studies:  Emerging Issues

IPM2220 Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics


IP30320 War, Politics and Strategy

IP33720 The Making of National Security Policy

PhD Supervision

Security Studies

International Relations Theory

Staff Publications

Key Publications

Guest editor of the special issue 'Karl Deutsch: A Transformative Social Scientist', International Relations, September 2014, 28 (3). Contributed introductory article 'A Transformative Social Scientist: Karl Deutsch and the Discipline of International Relations,' pp. 277-287; and 'A Fetish for Measurement? Karl Deutsch in the Second Debate,' pp. 367-384. Hyperlink to the special issue - http://ire.sagepub.com/content/28/3.toc

'No Need to Hedge: Trusting Relationships in International Politics', Review of International Studies, October 2014, 40 (4), pp. 753-770. (with Vincent C. Keating) Hyperlink to the article - http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9326900&fileId=S0260210514000059

'The Nonproliferation Complex', Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2013, pp. 329-348. (with Campbell Craig)
Hyperlink to the article - http://www.ethicsandinternationalaffairs.org/2013/the-nonproliferation-complex/

‘From Eastern Europe to Central Europe and Back?: On Regions, Transatlantic Relations, and Central Europe,’ Perspectives, Vol. 18, No. 2, 2010, pp. 63-78.

‘The Puzzle of Trusting Relationships in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,’ International Affairs, Vol. 86, No. 1, January 2010, pp. 69-85. (with Nicholas J. Wheeler) Hyperlink to the article - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2346.2010.00869.x/abstract

‘Reflections on the 2010 NPT Review Conference,’ Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol. 26, No. 4, October-December 2010, pp. 259-267.


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