Lecturer in Security Studies
BA Charles University Prague
MA Brandeis University; Central European University
PhD University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Phone: +44 (0)1970 628673
Fax: +44 (0)1970 622709
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.
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
International Relations Theory
'No Need to Hedge: Trusting Relationships in International Politics', Review of International Studies, FirstView on-line version, 10 April 2014. (with Vincent C. Keating)
'The Nonproliferation Complex', Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 27, No. 3, 2013, pp. 329-348. (with Campbell Craig)
‘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)
‘Reflections on the 2010 NPT Review Conference,’ Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol. 26, No. 4, October-December 2010, pp. 259-267.