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

Contact

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

Profile

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).

Research

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

Masters

IPM1220 Critical Security Studies:  Emerging Issues

IPM2220 Fear, Cooperation and Trust in World Politics

Undergraduate

IP30320 War, Politics and Strategy

IP33720 The Making of National Security Policy

PhD Supervision

Security Studies

International Relations Theory

Publications


2013

Article

Craig, H.C., Ruzicka, J. 2013. The Nonproliferation Complex. Ethics and International Affairs 27 (3) pp. 329-348. 10.1017/S0892679413000257


2010

Article

Ruzicka, J., Wheeler, N.J. 2010. The puzzle of trusting relationships in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. International Affairs 86 (1) pp. 69-85. 10.1111/j.1468-2346.2010.00869.x

Ruzicka, J. 2010. Reflections on the 2010 NPT review conference. Medicine, Conflict and Survival 26 (4) pp. 259-267. 10.1080/13623699.2010.535275

Ruzicka, J. 2010. From Eastern Europe to Central Europe and back? On regions, transatlantic relations, and Central Europe. Perspectives 18 (2) pp. 63-78. Other

Ruzicka, J., Wheeler, N.J. 2010. Decisions to trust: Maintaining the nuclear Non-Proliferation Regime. RUSI Journal 155 (2) pp. 20-25. 10.1080/03071847.2010.486545 Other


2008

Article

Drulak, P., Koran, M., Ruzicka, J. 2008. Aussenpolitik in Ostmitteleuropa: Von Universalisten, Atlantikern, Europäern und Souveränisten. Osteuropa 58 (7) pp. 139-152.


2006

Article

Ruzicka, J., Koran, M. 2006. Totgesagte leben länger: Die Visegrád-Gruppe nach dem EU-Beitritt. Osteuropa 56 (10) pp. 27-40.