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Slavomír Horák holds Ph.D. from International Area Studies, Institute of International Studies, Charles University in Prague. He has currently tenure track position as the Research Fellow at the Department of Russian and East European Studies of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. His research covers political, social and economic issues in former USSR, with a focus on Central Asia, particularly on Turkmenistan's domestic issues, especially informal politics and state- and nation-building.

He is the author of several books on Central Asian and Afghanistan internal development as well as numerous articles published in Czech, Russian and English scholarly journals (Problems of Post-Communism, Central Asian SurveyThe China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Central Asia and The Caucasus, Mezinárodní vztahy, Defence and Strategy, Politeks et. al.). He provided man expert consultations, mostly for Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bertelsmann Transformation Index and other companies. He is also counted as expert on Turkmenistan in Fahamu Refugee Program.

 

Recent publications

November 27, 2016. ARTICLE. "Turkmenistan at the last stage of perestroika. Determinant of the authoritarian path of independent Turkmenistan. Cahiers de l'Asie Centrale,No. 26, 2016, p. 29-49. ISSN 1270-9247.
November 12, 2016. BOOK CHAPTER. "Nation building and sporting spectacles in authoritarian regimes." Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective. (ed. Natalie Koch). London-New York: Routledge, 2016, s. 48-63. ISBN 978-1138927124.
July 12, 2016. BOOK CHAPTER "Personality Cults and Nation-Building in Turkmenistan (co-authored with Abel Polese). In: Nation-Building and Identity in the Post-Soviet Space. New Tools and Approaches (Isaacs, Rico  Polese, Abel, eds.). Abindgdon-New York: Routledge, 2016. s. 159-175. ISBN 978-14-72454-76-8
May 26, 2016. BOOK CHAPTER "Turkmenistan's Afghan Border Conundrum (co-authored with Jan Šír), in The Regional Security Puzzle Around Afghanistan (Berlin-Toronto: Barbara Budrich, 2016, ed. Dr. Helena Rytövuori-Apunen).
March 1, 2016. ARTICLE "Afghanistan aus der Sicht Turkmenistans. Schwieriger Nachbar oder Sicherheitsrisiko?". Zentralasien Analysen, No. 98, March 1, 2016.
May 13, 2015. ARTICLE "A tale of two presidents: personality cult and symbolic nation-building in Turkmenistan, co-authored with Abel Polese (Nationalities Papers).
October 14, 2014. ARTICLE "The Battle of Gökdepe in the Turkmen post-Soviet historical discourse (Central Asian Survey)
September 30, 2014. BOOK CHAPTER "Challenges from the East: China in  Putin’s Grand Strategy: The Eurasian Union and Its Discontents (Washington-Stockholm: Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, 2014, eds. Frederick S. Starr - Svante Cornell)
September 5, 2014. BOOK CHAPTER "Visa regimes and regulatory documents as an obstacle for tourism development in Central Asia" in Tourism in Central Asia: Cultural Potential and Challenges> book has been released.
August 18, 2014. ARTICLE Azerbaijan in Eurasian Transport Systems. Transit Center or the Dead End? has been published within the  Bulletin of The Center for Azerbaijani and Caspian Studies  (Czech, English Summary)
June, 30, 2014 ARTICLE in O'zbekiston tarixi (Toshkent) journal "Из истории чешско-узбекских отношений".
May 28, 2014. ARTICLE in Politicheskaia nauka journal "Туркменистан в поисках стабильного институционального дизайна: перестройка властной вертикали после распада СССР."
May 22, 2014. ARTICLE on Separatism potential in Karakalpakstan was released in the newest issue of Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst. 
March 24, 2014. ARTICLE in Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst discussing the reaction of Central Asia on the event in Crimea
March 3, 2014. COMMENT about the consequences of the occupation in Crimea and non-reacton of EU (Czech IHNED analytical and press server, Czech language only). 
February 13, 2014 COMMENT about President's Karimov cancelled visit to Czech Republic (Czech language only).
October 30, 2013. ARTICLE Central Asia and Afghanistan after 2014 in Czech journal International Politics. (Czech language only). 
September 9, 2013. PAPER "Educational Reforms in Turkmenistan: Good Framework, Bad Content" was released within Central Asian Program, George Washington University ve Washingtonu DC. 
December 23, 2012. PF 2013
September 14, 2012. COMMENT on Turkmenistan railway construction within Eurasienet.org the article Ashgabat Stops Iranian Project in its Tracks (Russian version available as well).
April 30, 2012. ARTICLE "The Geopolitics of Turkmenistan Gas" (Problems of Post-Communism journal).
December 13, 2011. ARTICLE "Afghanistan. Ten Years After" (Defence and Strategy Journal, Czech language, English summary).
February, 14, 2011. WEB PAGE was transferred from old address. Some links could lead you to the previous version of web site until the final control. 
November 25, 2010. ARTICLE about elites in post-Soviet Turkmenistan in The China Eurasia Forum Quarterly journal. 
August 31, 2010. ARTICLE "The next phase of failed state in Kyrgyzstan in The International Politics journal (Czech language only).    
April 22, 2010: ARTICLE Leader Ideology in Post-Soviet Tajikistan (Central Asia and the Caucasus journal).

 

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Main areas of interest:

Turkmenistan's internal politics

The Ideology of Central Asian states

Informal structures in Central Asian regimes

Russian policy in Central Asia

Oil and gas in Central Asia

Islam in Central Asia

The conflict in Afghanistan

 

Languages:

Czech, Russian, English

partially   Persian/Tajik, Turkish, Spanish

passively French,   Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Turkmen