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Founder & President of the Board

Michal Kořan is the President of the Board and founder of the Global Arena Research Institute an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Masaryk University in Brno, where he received his Ph.D. in 2008. 


His professional focus revolves around issues of globalization, technology, global politics, and security. Previously, he was mostly focused on issues related to the Central European region. In 2017 and 2018, he has served as a Deputy Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Central Europe. Until June 2017, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of International Relations based in Prague (Czech Republic) where he previously acted as a Deputy Director (2013 – 2016) and a Head of Research (2009 – 2013). 


In 2012, he was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at the Harvard University. In 2007 – 2017, he was the lead-author of an annual book analyzing Czech foreign policy and founder and programme chair of an annual International Symposium Czech Foreign Policy.

In 2013 – 2014 he was a vice-chairman of the Programm Council of the Czech-Polish Forum. He was, among others, a national co-coordinator of the Think Visegrad platform, a main coordinator of the Strategic Grant of the International Visegrad Fund The Visegrad Group in the Post-Lisbon EU: Getting Closer to Move Further as well as the strategic IVF grant V4 CARE ARSEC. He was also main researcher of a multi-year grant project Czech Foreign Policy and the Post-Western Global Order. His texts has been published, among others, in journals European Security, Osteuropa, Perspectives, Journal of International Relations and Development and in publishing houses Palgrave, Routledge or Rowman and Littlefield.

To get in touch with Michal about speaking opportunities and other invitations please email

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June 13, 2023 Czech Banking Association, Prague

Presentation and policy discussion

Founder Michal Kořan presented his research results followed by a closed discussion about European meta-strategic uncertainty: where is the silver lining?


March 30, 2021 - iDNES

Zašpuntovaný Suez ukázal zranitelnost námořní dopravy a Evropy, říká expert

Interview with Lubomír Světnička  of published by iDNES about the stuck ship in the Suez Canal.

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March 22, 2023 

Meeting with CDU Members of Parliament + Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Michal spoke at a closed meeting of members of the CDU MoP Sepp Müller, Knut Abraham and Christian Hirte about the potential impact of global regionalisation (or deglobalisation) on European and regional politics, economics and business. 

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March 23, 2021 - Hospodářské Noviny

Pokropte to penězi, dokud to nevyroste. Polemika s Thomasem Pikettym

Response to Thomas Picketty interview for the Czech Economic Daily supported by GARI advanced data & analytics research on the Visegrad countries in Europe since 1989.

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June 22, 2021 

Conference speaker event

Our Security Cannot Be Taken For Granted (Naše bezpečnost není samozřejmost) Conference 2021. Michal presented GARI insights on Covid-19 as a strategic shock in panel with General Aleš Opata Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces.

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November 15, 2020

Pokud se nestane zázrak, Česko vyjde z koronavirové pandemie extrémně špatně, tvrdí politolog Kořan

Views on the roll-out of the pandemic in the Czech Republic from November 2020.

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