Issue 2017 - Volume 11, Issue 4

Issue 11:4

Lucia Argüellová

Normalization of U.S.-Cuban Relations: The End of the ‘Wet Foot, Dry Foot’ Policy – the End of the Cold War?

After the 1959 triumph of Cuban revolution and before the 2017 U.S. policy change that ended the preferential treatment of Cuban arrivals, the U.S. approach to Cuban migrants and refugees reflected U.S. foreign policy goals locked into the Cold War mind-set. This article argues that over a five-decade-long hostility and the subsequent normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations played a crucial role in the push-pull framework of Cuban exodus. It interprets the U.S. open-door policy favouring Cuban…

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Kristýna Tamchynová

Securitizing Migration, Europeanizing Czechs?

Lately, we have witnessed continuing heightened migration to Europe. Despite this not being a new phenomenon, it has been often described as such. One of the possible explanations for this narrative of exception is that migration is being securitised in order to strengthen the EU, and its identity. The article analyses a specific part of Czech discourse in a key period of May 2015 to May 2016 to analyse whether that is true in the rather EU-sceptic Czech Republic. It argues that rather than a…

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Vít Střítecký and Petr Špelda

Establishing the Complexity of the Islamic State’s Visual Propaganda

Security analysts have not systematically studied visual discourses, even if they apparently play a prominent role in current propaganda efforts. The article intends to address this disciplinary insufficiency by introducing an inter-scientific approach to analysing large visual data samples. The article illustrates the method by applying it to the dataset comprised of the IS’s visual stills. To achieve this goal, the article will first introduce an archive compiled by utilising the knowledge of…

Issue 11:4

Gerald Power and Jaroslav Weinfurter

Czech Responses to Thatcher and Thatcherism: The Evidence of the Newspapers, 1984-2013

This article explores change and continuity in the evolution of the mainstream Czech and Czechoslovak discourse on Thatcherism and Margaret Thatcher’s own political persona. It examines the attitudes and positions on these matters as expressed and channelled through Czech-language mass print platforms, intended for broad public readership. Elaborating on the intricate and interest-infused roles that print and other mass media play in the design and architecture of socio-political discourse, the…

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Markos Troulis

Power Politics and Energy Politics: Two Sides of the Same Euro Coin

The growing EU energy market and the decline of its domestic hydrocarbon reserves have made the EU-Russia energy relations a very debatable and significant issue of the very near future. It is unquestioned that energy trade is found at the core of every political entity or group of entities desiring to be independent and self-helped. The current paper aims to discuss the theoretical legacy of this energy debate on the basis of international relations theory and international political economy…

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Marek Čejka

The Narrative of the Czech-Israeli Strategic Relations in the European Context

This article is a particular case study that analyzes the causes and assumptions of how the Czech political elite looks towards Israel and how this view affects the fact that current Czech-Israeli relations have such a high standard in the European context and that the state of Israel has one of its staunchest allies in the Czech Republic. Keywords: Czech-Israeli Relations, The Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia, Israel, Václav Havel, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Strategic partnership, Czechoslovak…

Issue 11:4

Andrej Semenov

The EU, Kosovo and Serbia: The Quest for the Status

The task of this paper is twofold. Firstly, it classifies and explores the three approaches to solving the conflict in Kosovo. The first approach, coined into the phrase ‘Kosovo as a unique case’, undermines academic debates revolving around Kosovo and it is of no use for scientific purposes. The second approach rests on the assumption that Serbia will eventually recognize Kosovo as a sovereign state in exchange for membership in the EU. However, there is no evidence for such a claim - quite…

2017 - Volume 11, Issue 4