Martin Laryš – ředitel (director)
Martin Laryš completed a master’s degree in Political Science at Masaryk University in Brno in January 2009. Furthermore, he conducted several internships abroad in Ukraine (Lviv, Kyiv) and the Russian Federation (Moscow), where he worked in the private sector in 2010-2014 (business consultant and intermediary for Czech companies, business development) and as a correspondent for Czech newspapers ‚Lidové noviny‘. In 2009-2012 he worked as an AMO analyst. He is the author of several professional publications, appearances at conferences and media appearances. He is the solver of several projects and grants related to the political, economic and security dimensions of the post-Soviet space. He is currently developing business relations between Czech and Slovak companies in the South Caucasus, especially in Georgia. He speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian and Serbian
Martin Laryš absolvoval v lednu 2009 magisterské studium Politologie na Masarykově univerzitě v Brně a několik zahraničních studijních stáží na Ukrajině (Lvov, Kyjev) a v Ruské federaci (Moskva), kde v letech 2010-2014 působil v soukromé sféře (obchodní konzultant a zprostředkovatel pro české společnosti, business development) a jako dopisovatel Lidových novin. V letech 2009-2012 působil jako analytik AMO. Je autorem řady odborných publikací, vystoupení na konferencích a mediálních výstupů. Je řešitelem několika projektů a grantů, spojených s politickou, ekonomickou a bezpečnostní dimenzí post-sovětského prostoru. V současné době rozvíjí obchodní vztahy českých a slovenských společností na jižním Kavkaze, především v Gruzii. Ovládá anglický, ruský, ukrajinský a srbský jazyk.
Tomáš Kolomazník – zástupce ředitele/výkonný ředitel (deputy and executive director)
He completed his studies of sociology and ethnology at Charles University and received his doctorate in sociology. In the period 1994 – 2000 he worked in Ministry of Defence, Foreign Liaison Office as the dean of the department, he was responsible for bilateral co-operation. He participated in the International Training Course at the Geneva Center for Security Policy, 2000 – 2001. From 2001 – 2005 worked as deputy head of bilateral department at Security Policy Division. He was responsible for the Euroatlantic region. After leaving the Ministry of Defence works in the field of market research and security. It deals with issues of globalization, security policy, cyber defence and defence industry. He is a member of the security community by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy Alumni Association. He participates in various projects in the field of security and international policy.
Vystudoval sociologii a etnologii na Filozofické fakultě Univerzity Karlovy, kde také získal titul PhDr. v oboru sociologie. V letech 1994 – 2005 působil na Ministerstvu obrany ČR, na odboru zahraničních styků, jako vedoucí oddělení, kde zodpovídal za bilaterální spolupráci. V letech 2000 – 2001 absolvoval International Training Course, Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Od roku 2001 – 2005 zastával funkci zástupce vedoucího bilaterálního oddělení na Odboru bezpečnostní politiky MO ČR, kde byl zodpovědný za euroatlantický region. Po odchodu z Ministerstva obrany působí v oblasti výzkumu trhu a veřejného mínění. Zároveň se věnuje otázkám globalizace, bezpečnostní politiky a obranného průmyslu. Je členem bezpečnostní komunity při Geneva Centre for Security Policy Alumni Association. Účastní se různých projektů v oblasti bezpečnostní a mezinárodní politiky.
Zdeněk Rod – zástupce výkonného ředitele (deputy executive director)
Zdeněk is currently pursuing the PhD degree in international relations at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the West Bohemian University in Pilsen. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in international relations from the same university. Additionally, he completed a semester stay at the Faculty of Social Studies of the University of Ljubljana. Moreover, he participated in a study visit to the University of Budapest with a focus on the EU and NATO. He is also a graduate of the Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program at the Prague Security Studies Institute and worked as an intern at the Institute of International Relations and Office of the Czech Government. In his studies, he focuses mostly on the Western Balkans and the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo where he deals with security concerns, post-conflict reconstruction and the influence of foreign powers in this area.
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Arta completed a Master’s degree in World Politics and International Relations at the University of Pavia in Italy. She also graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations at the University of Warsaw in Poland. Furthermore, she worked as an intern and apprentice in various organizations in Kosovo and Italy. In her studies, she focuses mainly on the security issues, the political spectrum in the Western Balkans, and global relations in the world.
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Tereza has studied her Master’s Degree in International relations and European studies at Metropolitan University Prague. She completed 3 years internship at the Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University, where she obtained Certificate of Security Studies. She also completed a research internship at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, where lately continued in conference service. She was also working as an External assistant for the Chairman of the Defense Committee, House of Commons of the Czech Republic. In her research, she has been focusing on the Middle East, especially on Syria, Iraq, and Iran, but also on European Security. In her diploma, she focused on ISIS and the weaponization of sex, where she analyzed ISIS’use of sex as a weapon in conflict and its system of sexual slavery with the focus on the Yazidi minority. Furthermore, she has done several guest lectures at the University of Economics, Prague (Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze), and Metropolitan University Prague on ISIS and women, and about Yazidi minority. She has been publishing for CBAP as well as International Policy under Institute of International Relations.
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Francesco Trupia holds a PhD in Political Philosophy from Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. Since 2014, he has worked as a researcher in Armenia, Bulgaria and Kosovo, contributing to the Caucasus Resource Research Centre – Armenia, the London-based Institute for Islamic Strategic Affairs, The Alpha Institute of Geopolitics and Intelligence, the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society and Centre for Security Analysis and Prevention. His work explores bottom-up phenomena of political participation, memory politics and minority identities in Southeast and Eastern Europe. He has particularly written on the intertwined issues of radicalisation, securitisation and democratisation in the region.
Lorenzo Piccioli holds a master’s degree in World Politics and International Relations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) and the University of Florence. After having completed his university studies, Lorenzo has attended the XXIII Join Staff Superior Course, offered by the Italian High Command. He has collaborated with the Moscow-based Institute of International Relations and World Economy (IMEMO), and with the Italian Institute for International relations Analysis (IARI). His current research interests include the Post-Soviet Space, the Security and Defence and the Military History areas.
Phantitra Phuphaphantakarn, also known as Ariel Karn, is an OSCE-UNODA arms control and disarmament scholarship alumni. She is also a political analyst at The New Global Order (Rome, Italy) where she also leads her own armament and disarmament studies, research team. Ariel is also currently a co-chair of a policy working group at Youth for TPNW (Treaty on Prohibition of the Nuclear Weapons). Ariel believes that big weapons are a waste of money and true security belongs to the people. Ariel also created her own strategic security discussion platform called “SEAcurity Saga”. Her visions rest upon establishing effective both global and regional arms control, especially a verification regime.
Kellen McCullum is a recent graduate from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS), where he received an MA in International Political Economy with Foreign Policy Analysis. Making China the primary theme of his research writing, he sought to build on prior experiences in-country. They include leading an undergraduate exchange in Shaanxi province, an internship in Liaoning province, and independent study in Sichuan province. Kellen’s current research interests include contemporary China’s security and diplomacy initiatives, elite Party politics, and political economy. He holds a BA in International Business and Political Science.
Óscar Méndez completed a M.A. in Geopolitics and Strategic Studies and he also holds a B.A. in History and is studying a B.A. in Political Science and Public Administration. Óscar’s previous experience includes working at the Embassy of Spain in Albania, in the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), conducting research about the Three Seas Initiative and other Eastern Europe-related topics and a traineeship at the Council of Europe Office in Albania. He is focused on the Western Balkans, European geopolitics, Maghreb issues and the geopolitical competition in the global scene.