Lucia Husenicová, PhD.
President of IAS
Research interests: the North Korean regime,Inter-Korean Relations, security environment in East Asia, liberal theory in International Relations in practical foreign policy
Lucia Husenicová is an alumnus of the Faculty of Political Science and International Relations at the Matej Bel Universityin BanskáBystrica in the International Relations program. She finished her PhD degree in 2009 by successfully defending a dissertation thesis “North Korea as a Geopolitical Pivot”.During her PhD studies, she received the award “Student of the year”in 2007/2008, granted annually under the auspices of the President of the Slovak Republic, in the category of law, culture and theology.In 2009, she was granted a special award of the Rector at the Matej Bel University.Currently she works at the Department of security studies at the Matej Bel University where she gives lectures on the strategies of major actors and the security situation in East Asia. Moreover, she gives host lectures at the Department of International Relations and Diplomacy in a course on International Relations theories. In 2007, she was a visiting student at the United National University – Comparative Regional Integration Studies in Bruges, Belgium, where she participated in the finalization of the project „Capacity Survey – Regional and Other Intergovernmental Organizations in the Maintenance of Peace and Security“. In July 2009, she participated in a workshop organized by the Korean Foundation in cooperation with the Hanyang University in Seoul. From February to August 2010 she was a visiting researcher the Sogag University, Seoul with a support of the Korean Foundation scholarship. In September-October 2012 she participated in an international program at the Lanzhou University organized by the Foreign Affairs Office of Gansu Provincial Government. In June-July 2013, Lucia took part in a two-week-long workshop for the CEE professionals in Beijing, organized by the Chinese Foreign Affairs University.
Richard Turcsányi, Ph.D.
Research interests: International relations in East Asia, Chinese foreign policy, political economy and distribution of power in world politics
Richard Turcsányi studied international relations, economics and political science at Masaryk University, Brno and currently is pursuing his Ph.D. at the Department of International Relations and European Studies of the same institution, where he also teaches courses on current East Asia, Chinese Foreign Policy and theories of international relations. In the past he studied a semester at University of Malta, took a course on Chinese Foreign Policy organized by Peking University and London School of Economics in Beijing and studied Chinese language for a semester in Guangzhou. He taught at Indian LPU University, worked as an intern at the Slovak Embassy in India and the Foreign Ministry. Currently, he is an Editor-in-Chief of Global Politics Journal based in Brno and a Senior Analyst at Slovak Governance Institute in Bratislava. Since August 2014, he has been working on a research project of the Taiwan Foundation at the National Chengchi University in Taiwan.
Matej Šimalčík studied Master in Law at the Masaryk University in Brno (2015). He also studied BA in International Relations at the same university (2015). He continued to study International Relations at the University of Groningen in Netherlands, where he pursued a Master in IR with focus on East Asia (2017). As part of his Master in IR, he studied at the Tsinghua University in Beijing (2016). He is interested in Chinese foreign and security policy, strategic culture, and relations in the South China Sea area. In 2016-2018 he was a legal counsel at the Slovak branch of Transparency International where he dealt with anti-corruption measures.
Research interests: domestic policy, social issues, identity and nationalism in China and Hong Kong
Martin Šebeňa studied political science and sinology at the Charles University in Prague (2011). He is currently working in financial services in Hong Kong and studies finance at the Curtin University. In the past, he studied Chinese at Zhejiang University in China (2006-7) and political science at the University of Pisa (2008-9) in Italy. He worked in the Czech Republic, Australia and Hong Kong. Among his various interests are social events in contemporary China, in particular issues of urbanization, education, health, consumerism and popular nationalism.
Runya T. Qiaoan, Ph.D.
Research Interest: civil society in China, cultural sociology and China-CEE relations
Runya Qiaoan is currently affiliated with the Department of Asian Studies, Palacky University, Olomouc, and she is also a researcher at Mendel University, Brno. Runya studied at Masaryk University, the University of Toronto, National Chengchi University and Utrecht University. She is about to get her Doctoral Degree in Sociology in September 2018. Before she came to Europe, Runya finished a bachelor degree of philosophy from Sun Yat-sen University in China and worked in a Chinese non-governmental organization for one year. During her stay in Europe, she attended China and Asia focused events such as AMO Lectures for Young Asia Scholars in Prague, the Third Europe-China Forum in Brussels and so on. Runya’s ongoing project focuses on the interaction between Chinese grassroots organizations and the state. Her publications include papers and book reviews in international scientific journals, such as Journal of Cognition and Culture, The China Quarterly, and Europe-Asia Studies. Runya’s research interests include civil society and non-governmental organizations, cultural sociology and China-Central Eastern Europe relations. To see her analysis on Chinese media discourse, please check our publications of China Media Watch.
Kristína Kironská, PhD.
Kristína Kironská was born in Slovakia to a multilingual family. She is fluent and articulate in seven languages. She studied International Relations in Slovakia and Portugal. In 2008, she moved to Taiwan, where she completed a Master degree in China and Asia-Pacific Studies and later a PhD degree at the College of Social Sciences of the National Sun Yat-sen University. In the years 2015-2016 she lived in Myanmar, where she conducted research on the 2015 elections and the political transition of the country. She also studied the issue of the persecuted minority Rohingya. Currently, she lives in Slovakia and besides IAS activities works at Amnesty International Slovakia. She published several articles and books about political transition and the electoral system in Myanmar, migration in Asia, and Slovak-Chinese relations
Research interests: Japanese and Chinese foreign and domestic policy, political and security issues of East Asia, the role of the United States in the region, Chinese discourse and propaganda
Filip Šebok majored in International Relations and Sinology at the Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. Currently, he is pursuing another masters degree in International Relations at the Renmin University of China, Beijing in a Chinese-taught program. Previously, he worked as an editor for a portal on security issues Security outlines and interned at the Slovak MFA. He has also been involved with STRATPOL, a leading Slovak security think-thank. His research interests include Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Chinese discourse and propaganda.
Research interests: foreign and domestic affairs of Japan, comparative constitutional law with a focus on constitutions of Asia/Pacific countries, international law
Šimon Drugda is a graduate student of Law at the Faculty of Law of the Comenius University in Bratislava. In his SVOC paper on the 9th Article of the Constitution of Japan – renunciation of war, he analyzed Japanese legal system. After a semester at Bergen University in Norway he plans to research constitutional law of Japan further in his master’s thesis. He was awarded a research scholarship at the Nagoya University Graduate School of Law by the Ministry of Education of Japan, starting in April 2015.
Klára Dubravčíková studied Chinese Cultural Studies at Masaryk University in Brno. In 2015, she participated in a summer school program at National Chengchi University in Taiwan focused on the Chinese language and societies, cultures, and politics of East Asia. During her studies in Brno, she also took part in a short-term exchange program and studied at Chongqing University. Currently, she continues with her studies at Beijing Language and Culture University in China. She is interested in contemporary history, Chinese domestic propaganda and censorship as well as the question of Taiwan’s status.
Research Interests: China-Middle East relations, Chinese foreign policy and security issues, Iran-Saudi Arabia relations
Barbara Kelemen is a graduate student of the LSE-PKU program in International Affair. She finished her studies at Peking University in China where she completed her thesis on Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy and also interned at the Slovak Embassy in Beijing. She currently studies at the LSE University in London, focusing on China-Middle East relations. In 2017, she graduated from the BISLA University in Bratislava, during which she also studied at Lingnan University (2015) in Hong Kong. In 2016, she returned to Hong Kong for a research on LegCo 2016 elections and Hong Kong identity which was a topic of her bachelor thesis.
Róbert Vancel currently studies PhD in International relations at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica. He completed his Bachelor’s (2015) and Master’s (2017) studies at the same faculty. In his final papers he dealt with issues closely related to Japan – the transformation of the Japanese security sector and national identity and its impact on foreign policy. The topic of his dissertation is the issue of Japan’s position in the new East Asian order. Róbert participated in the short-term MIRAI 2016 exchange program in Japan. He worked as a project coordinator in a student NGO, Euro-Atlantic Center. Since September 2018 he has been working as an Associated Research Fellow within the UMB Data & Society Lab.
Simona Siegel, Boris Várhelyi, Mária Márkusová, Ľubomíra Bodnárová, Paula Kulichová, Žofia Zigová, Michal Hudec, Alex Starun