Slavomir Horak web page
Affiliation: Department of Russian and East European Studies, Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague
Position: Associate Professor
Slavomír Horák holds Ph.D. from International Area Studies, Institute of International Studies, Charles University in Prague. He became Associate Professor in Political and Cultural Geography from Faculty of Science Ostrava University (Czech Republic) in 2019. He works as Academic Fellow at the Department of Russian and East European 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. Slavomir Horak conducts systematic research on Turkmenistan's domestic issues, especially informal politics and state- and nation-building. He is an author of several books on Central Asian and Afghanistan politics as well as numerous articles. He provided expert consultations for Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bertelsmann Transformation Index and other companies.
July 16, 2021. COMMENT. Turkmenistan Food Crisis - A Threat to Regime Stability? Near East Policy Forum.
June 30, 2021. BOOK CHAPTER. Turkmenistan. In: Handbook of Asian States. Geography – History – Culture – Politics - Economy (Porsche-Ludwig, Markus – Chen, Ying-Yu, eds.). Lit Verlag, Münster – Berlin etc., 2021, p. 711-726. ISBN 978-3-643-91100-1.
January 15, 2021. BOOK CHAPTER. Turkmenistan: Stability Through Regime Mobilisation. In: Political Regimes and Neopatrimonialism in Central Asia. A Sociology of Power Perspective (Izquierdo-Brichs, Ferran, Serra Massansalvador, Francesc, eds.). Palgrave, 2021, p. 159-197. ISBN 978-981-15-9093-1.
September 8, 2020. BOOK CHAPTER. Education in Turkmenistan under the second president. Reforms or pretend reforms? In: Education in Central Asia: A Kaleidoscope of Challenges and Opportunities (Egea, Denise, ed.). Springer, 2020, p. 71-91. ISBN 978-3-030-50126-6.
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.
Areas of interest and expertise
Turkmenistan's internal politics
State- and nation-building in Central Eurasia
Informal structures in Central Asian regimes
Russian policy in Central Asia
Oil and gas in Central Asia
Transport in Central Asia
The conflict in Afghanistan
Mountainious Societies in Georgia (esp. Tusheti)
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partially: Persian/Tajik, Georgian, Turkish, Spanish, Uzbek
passively: French, Polish, Slovak, Ukrainian, Turkmen