Dr. Ditrych is the Director of the Institute of International Relations and Academic Fellow at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He holds degrees in international relations from University of Cambridge and Charles University where he previously graduated in political science. Previously, he was a Fulbright research fellow at Belfer Center, Harvard University, a visiting researcher at CERI, Sciences Po Paris and SWP Berlin, an associate fellow at European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and worked as an analyst for NATO SHAPE. He also served as an external advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic (2014-2015). In his current research, inspired by continental philosophy, he explores terrorism, EU external affairs (particularly in the ‘neighbourhood’) and ethnopolitical conflicts. He is also interested in ‘hybrid revolutionary actors’ (e.g. ISIS) and their constitutive effects on global politics; and in the dynamics of change in the established security communities that are characterised by expectations of peaceful conflict resolution. Dr. Ditrych is the author of more than forty academic articles and book chapters. His latest book, Tracing the Discourses of Terrorism: Identity, Genealogy and State, was published by Palgrave Macmillan (2014).

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