Center for International and European Affairs (CIEA)

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Center for International and European Affairs (CIEA) is a UNYP research center that pursues interdisciplinary research projects both within UNYP and with external partners. Its research is methodologically diverse and policy oriented and focuses on the core themes of political communication, international organizations and collective security, peace studies, conflict analysis, security policy and strategy development, international law.

Main areas of the current research at IRRC include:

  • Communication & media, propaganda, political communication
  • Democratization, ethics
  • Voting behavior, party politics, populism
  • American & world history, EU history, Cold War
  • African studies
  • International organizations, EU, NATO, collective security
  • Peace studies, peace operations, peacebuilding
  • Conflict analysis, conflict management and transformation, conflict prevention
  • Privatization of security
  • (counter)terrorism, (counter)insurgency, hybrid/irregular warfare, modern warfare
  • Environmental security
  • Strategy and defense policy planning and development
  • International law, international humanitarian law, human rights

People affiliated with this center

Research lead

Jakub Záhora
Ph.D. Charles University, Czech Republic MA SOAS University of London, UK MA Charles University, Czech Republic

Jakub Zahora holds Masters degree in Middle Eastern Studies from SOAS, University of London, and Masters degree in Security Studies and doctorate in International Relations from Charles University. He joined UNYP’s School of International Relations in fall 2023 as a research lead. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology and a lecturer at Department of International Relations at Charles University. He also held visiting fellowships at Hebrew University, Copenhagen University and New York University. Zahora has taught courses on Middle East politics, theories of International Relations and security studies, and methodology in political science, and his research interests cover critical approaches to international politics, political ethnography, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.


Oscar Hidalgo-Redondo
Dean, School of International Relations


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