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Central European, Balkan and Eurasian Diplomatic Seminar - JMM126
Title: Central European, Balkan and Eurasian Diplomatic Seminar
Guaranteed by: Department of Russian and East European Studies (23-KRVS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2013
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 3
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, C [HT]
Capacity: unknown / unknown (30)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: not taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Slavomír Horák, Ph.D.
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Aim of the course
Last update: HORAKS (10.02.2011)

This unique course should get the students in touch with diplomatic staff in Czech Republic from the Balkan, Central European and Eurasian area as well as leading Czech diplomats experienced with the area.

Last update: HORAKS (24.01.2013)

- website of appropriate country MFA (please, review this kind of information properly and critically).

- books and monographs about the foreign policy of each country

- scholarly journal articles (you can use the university databases - EBSCO, JStore, Factive, EastView and other sources)

- analytical newspaper articles

(each position paper should contain at least three sources of information, Wikipedia is prohibited to quote).


Teaching methods
Last update: HORAKS (24.01.2013)

Each session will be based on presentation of the diplomat (appr. 40-50 minutes) followed by Q&A from the public.


Chatham House Rule:

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."

(translations to other languages are available on the web page The explanation of the rule can be found on

Requirements to the exam
Last update: HORAKS (24.01.2013)

1. Active participation in the seminar.

The presence on the seminar will be requested and participation list will be distributed during each seminar. Only one unexcused absence in the seminar is allowed within the term. The absence in the seminar should be announced to the lecturer before the start of each seminar via e-mail or SMS. In general the reasons for absence are illness and research/study stay outside Prague (other private activities such as holidays/weekends are not counted as the excuse).

2. Position papers.

The student should prepare 1-1,5 page (500-600 words) position paper delivered by Friday before scheduled session. The paper have to include:
- short analysis of appropriate country's foreign policy (may include above all: its position within the region, relevance for Central Europe/Czech Republic)

- 2-3 questions you want to ask the guest during the session (each student will have the right to ask at least one question).
- list of sources (they are excluded from the word limit)

The position papers will be reviewed before seminar (if submitted on time), but will not be part of the final evaluation. However, student should submit at least 90% of position papers.


3. Final essay.

Final essay should be an original academic text with foot/endnotes and sources about 2000-3000 words submited by the end of May. The paper should analyse foreign policy of one of the states presented on the seminar in more details, critical analysis of guest's self-presentation within the seminar and analysis of bilateral relations with Czech Republic (or your respective country) based on the session and your own research. Other specific topic is possible but it has to conform with the seminar and agreed with the lecturer b the end of March.

Plagiatory. Copying any materials from any other source without appropriate quotations will be considered as plagiatory (even within position papers!!) and will be treated according to the Dean's Directive No. 5/2006: Measures against Plagiarism. Further participation on the seminar will be allowed, however the student will not be able to get final evaluation. The case will be passed on the Disciplinary Commitee of the Faculty.

Last update: HORAKS (22.02.2013)

Preliminary program for Spring term in 2013

(final program will be added, version as of February 21)

February 25 - Introductory seminar

March 4 - H. E. Ambassador of Belarus

March 11 - Energy diplomacy in Eurasian area (Special Representative of Czech MFA for energy policy)

March 18 - The Introduction to the Diplomacy and Diplomatic System Service (Czech MFA Senior Analyst)

March 25 - H. E. Ambassador of Latvia

April 1 - Easter Monday (no class)

April 8 - H. E. Ambassador of Romania

April 15 - H. E. Ambassador of Slovenia

April 22 - Moldova (former Ambassador of Czech Republic in Moldova)

April 29 - Guest is negotiated,to be confirmed

May 6 - UN Policy in Balkan and Eurasian area (UN Secretariat Representative), to be confirmed

May 13 - H. E. Ambassador of Croatia


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