Dr Jan Ruzicka

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

Dr Jan Ruzicka

Lecturer in Security Studies

Lecturer in International Politics

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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.


The Next Great Hope: The Humanitarian Approach to Nuclear WeaponsRuzicka, J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of International Political Theory.
Failed Securitization: Why It MattersRuzicka, J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) In : Polity.
Behind the veil of good intentions: power analysis of the nuclear non-proliferation regimeRůžička, J. 2017 In : International Politics.
A Plea for Restraint: The Anarchical Society and Nuclear ProliferationRuzicka, J. 2017 The Anarchical Society at 40: Contemporary Challenges and Prospects. Suganami, H., Carr, M. & Humphreys, A. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 129-14416 p.
‘Securitization’ Revisited: Theory and casesBalzacq, T., Ruzicka, J. & Léonard, S. 2016 In : International Relations.30, 4, p. 494-531
Explanation and progress in security studies: bridging theoretical divides in International Relations, by Fred Chernoff. Stanford University Press, 328pp ISBN: 9788479224Ruzicka, J. 2016 In : International Affairs.92, 2, p. 465-4673 p.
Výzkum mezinárodních vztahů na semiperiferii: Úvahy k padesátému výročí časopisu Mezinárodní vztahyRuzicka, J. 2016 In : Mezinarodni vztahy.51, 1, p. 30-40
Trust building in nuclear disarmamentRuzicka, J. & Wheeler, N. J. 2015 Global Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, political, and regional perspectives. Hynek, N. & Smetana, M. (eds.). Taylor & Francis, p. 31-43 (Routledge Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, Political and Regional Perspectives)
Going global: Trust research and international relationsRuzicka, J. & Keating, V. C. 2015 In : Journal of Trust Research.5, 1, p. 8-2619 p.
Trusting relationships in international politics: No need to hedgeKeating, V. C. & Ruzicka, J. 2014 In : Review of International Studies.40, 4, p. 753-77018 p.
A transformative social scientist: Karl Deutsch and the discipline of International RelationsRuzicka, J. 2014 In : International Relations.28, 3, p. 277-28711 p.
A fetish for measurement? Karl Deutsch in the second debateRuzicka, J. 2014 In : International Relations.28, 3, p. 367-38418 p.
Karl Deutsch: A Transformative Social ScientistRuzicka, J. (ed.) 2014 International Relations, 28, 3
The Nonproliferation ComplexCraig, H. C. & Ruzicka, J. 2013 In : Ethics and International Affairs.27, 3, p. 329-34820 p.
Who’s in, who’s out?Craig, C. & Ruzicka, J. 2012 London Review of Books, 34, 4, p. 37-382 p.
From Eastern Europe to Central Europe and back? On regions, transatlantic relations, and Central EuropeRuzicka, J. 2010 In : Perspectives.18, 2, p. 63-7816 p.
Reflections on the 2010 NPT review conferenceRuzicka, J. 2010 In : Medicine, Conflict and Survival.26, 4, p. 259-267
Decisions to trust: Maintaining the nuclear Non-Proliferation RegimeRuzicka, J. & Wheeler, N. J. 2010 In : RUSI Journal.155, 2, p. 20-256 p.
The puzzle of trusting relationships in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation TreatyRuzicka, J. & Wheeler, N. J. 2010 In : International Affairs.86, 1, p. 69-85
Dohnat a předehnat? Přestaňme tvořit strategie výzkumu a začnĕme tvořitRuzicka, J. 2009 In : Mezinarodni vztahy.44, 3, p. 130-1378 p.
Úpadek amerického federalismu?: Posilování federální vlády na prahu 21. století Ruzicka, J. (ed.) & Kozák, K. 2008 Prague: Karolinum Press. 162 p.
Válka s terorem, federace a státyRuzicka, J. 2008 Úpadek amerického federalismu?: Posilování federální vlády na prahu 21. století. Ruzicka, J. & Kozák, K. (eds.). Prague: Karolinum Press, p. 94-11017 p.
From the Second Best Option to Dissolution: Instrumentality and Identity in Czechoslovak FederalismRuzicka, J. & Stullerova, K. 2008 Defunct Federalisms: Critical Perspectives on Federal Failure. Kavalski, E. & Zolkos, M. (eds.). Aldershot: Taylor & Francis, p. 129-14315 p. (Federalism Studies)
Aussenpolitik in Ostmitteleuropa: Von Universalisten, Atlantikern, Europäern und SouveränistenDrulak, P., Koran, M. & Ruzicka, J. 2008 In : Osteuropa.58, 7, p. 139-15215 p.
Helsinský efekt: mezinárodní zásady, lidská práva a zánik komunismuThomas, D. & Ruzicka, J. (Translator) 2007 Prague: Academia. 322 p.
Totgesagte leben länger: Die Visegrád-Gruppe nach dem EU-BeitrittRuzicka, J. & Koran, M. 2006 In : Osteuropa.56, 10, p. 27-4014 p.