Issue 2016 - Volume 10, Issue 1

Issue 10:1

Samuel Goda and Jaroslav Ušiak

What is the Threat Perception of the Slovak Republic?

Abstract: The main aim of this article is to outline how the understanding and perception of security threats and challenges has evolved since the Slovak Republic’s independence. The work reflects on the evolution of the security environment and emerging threats and challenges identified in the official documents of the Slovak Republic. It subsequently compares these results with the perceptions of national experts dealing with security issues. What we found in the official documents was mostly…

Issue 10:1

Radka Druláková and Pavel Přikryl

The Implementation of Sanctions Imposed by the European Union: A Comparison of the Czech and Slovak Republics’ Compliance

Abstract: This study focuses on the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic, two countries which do not carry out autonomous sanctions, but are, nevertheless, obliged to implement sanctions adopted by international organisations because of their membership commitments. The study explores the fulfilment of their commitments to sanctions policy arising from the membership in the EU. Theories of compliance are deployed and two phases needed for proper implementation of EU norms are analysed—at the…

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Miloš Balabán

The Limits, Dilemmas and Challenges of European Security in Uncertain Times

Abstract: The article assesses the current state of European security, and its future, against the backdrop of several key processes: the rising political and economic power of non-western actors; economic problems in America and Europe; and the dynamic of changing security environment and threats, especially in Europe’s backyard. It also analyses the consequences of the long-term decline in EU members’ defence spending, which undermines Europe’s military capabilities and makes the continent…

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Kateřina Krulišová

The “Black Widow” Media Discourse: “Desperation, Irrationality and Vendetta” in Dagestan

Abstract: This work examines how the media representation of the female self-martyrs of Dagestan and Chechnya, often dubbed “Black Widows,” portrays them as irrational, hysterical and/or desperate. The replication of the “Chechen Black Widow” narrative, applied to any female self-martyr striking on Russian soil, is clearly visible in both British and Russian media. This not only denies political agency to female attackers of Dagestani origin, but also attempts to dehumanise and demonise the…

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Caterina Mazza

How Criminals Infiltrate Public Procurement: Organised Crime and Corruption in Legal Markets and Public Sectors

Abstract: Criminal infiltration in the legal economy – particularly public procurement and corruption – are among the most pronounced challenges facing European states. This work analyses the strategies and methods used by organised criminal groups to tamper with the procedures for the execution of public contracts – with special attention to corruption forms – covering an issue that never been systematically examined. Before presenting the results of this study, the borders of the analysed…

Issue 10:1

Hedvika Koďousková and Martin Jirušek

Is Gazprom Pushing East?: Exploring Gazprom's Behavioural Patterns in the Asian Market

Abstract: This article examines whether the Russian Eastern Energy Policy (EEP) corresponds to the widely shared perception that Russia uses energy resources as part of its domestic and foreign policy goals and to assess the role of Gazprom in Russia’s overall governmental strategy. For this purpose, we have developed an ideal energy policy model grounded in the theoretical premises of realism—a so-called strategic approach to energy security. We will specify major features of strategic…

2016 - Volume 10, Issue 4