Slavomir Horak, PhD.

Department of Russian and East European Studies

Institute of International Studies

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, Czech republic

Slavomír Horák is an Associate Professor of Political and Cultural Geography (Faculty of Science Ostrava University) and holds his PhD. at International Area Studies (Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague). He works as an 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 the 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 the author of several books on Central Asian and Afghanistan politics as well as numerous articles. He provided expert consultations for the Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bertelsmann Transformation Index and other companies.


Recent publications

July 31, 2019. BOOK CHAPTER. The emergence and failure of the Gagauz Republic (1989–1995). In: De Facto States in Eurasia (Tomáš Hoch, Vincenc Kopeček, eds.). Routledge,  Abingdon, Oxon, New York, 2019, p. 274-295. ISBN 978-03-6719-912-8.
July 31, 2019. BOOK CHAPTER. Bukharan People’s Soviet Republic: from protectorate to SSR. In: De Facto States in Eurasia (Tomáš Hoch, Vincenc Kopeček, eds.). Routledge,  Abingdon, Oxon, New York, 2019, p. 46-62. ISBN 978-03-6719-912-8.

January 19, 2024. ARTICLE. Horak, Slavomir: Russian Influence in Turkmenistan. Raprochement or Pragmatism? Central-Asia and Caucasus Analyst

May 7, 2023. BOOK CHAPTER. Horák, Slavomír: Ashgabat: The architecture as a showcase of a personal regime. In: Routledge Handbook of Asian Cities (Hu, Richard, ed.). Routledge, Abingdon-New York, 2023, p. 472-482. ISBN 978-1-0321-8840-9.

February 27, 2023. ARTICLE. Horák, Slavomír and Tomáš Hoch. The  fate  of  sacred  places  in  Nagorny  Karabakh  as  a  symbol  of  unsuccessful  conflict  transformation. Bulletin of Geography. Socio-Economic Series, No. 59, 2023, p. 25-40.

December 22, 2022. ARTICLE. Turkmenistan’s 2022 leader change through the personalist paradigm. Demokratizatsiya. Vol. 30, Issue 4 (Fall 2022), p. 463-471. 

July 8, 2022. ARTICLE. Turkmenistan Railway Geopolitics. Central Asian Survey. Online first.

April 23, 2022. RESEARCH PAPER. The investment climate in Turkmenistan: Challenges and possible ways of attracting foreign investment (Yolbars Kepbanov, Slavomír Horák, Berdymyrat Ovezmyradov). Lund University, Lund.

February 23, 2022. INTERVIEW. Turkmenistan vor dynastischem Machtwechsel.

February 16, 2022. ARTICLE. Turkmenistan. An Upcoming Dynastic Transition. Central Asia-Caucasus Analyst.

September 10, 2021. BOOK CHAPTERS. European Handbook of Central Asian Studies (eds. Jeroen Van Den Bosch, Adrien Fauve, B. J. De Cordier) with my chapter and case study on the historical geopolitics and railway geopolitics of Central Asia.

August 27, 2021. INTERVIEW. L’aide au développement de la Tchéquie à l’Afghanistan était supérieure à la moyenne. Radio Prague International.

August 18, 2021. ARTICLE. Особенности внешней политики персоналистских режимов (на примере Туркменистана) // Международная аналитика. – 2021. – Том 12 (2). – С. 153–169.

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.