About us

Sekuritaci.cz is originally a project by students of Security and Strategic Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, in Brno, Czech Republic. It is a student e-magazine about security which was founded in 2007 and is officially published by the civic association “Centre for Security and Strategic studies” thereafter. It has its own standardized serial publication number, ISSN 1802-6710. Sekuritaci.cz is a non-profit student project. Operational and maintenance costs are covered by a student grant from the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. For any questions or comments please contact us at info@sekuritaci.cz.

Our activities

The main activity of the magazine is publishing on-line articles on various topics related to current security issues and trends,  domestic as well as international. The articles are divided into four basic categories. The first category involves commentaries that focus on the very current events, issues or trends in the area of security and international politics. Next, we publish monthly analyses of the political and security-related development in the selected regions of the world. This section includes following subcategories: Euro-Atlantic area, Post-Soviet countries, Middle East, Latin America, East Asia, South Asia and Africa. The third category involves academic studies (research papers) on particular security-related phenomena or issues. For a better orientation, this section is divided into following subcategories: conflicts, extremism and terrorism, security policy, warfare and strategy, economy and energetics, law and organized crime, and others. Finally, the magazine publishes interviews with experts on security from both academic and professional field. Besides these official categories we also publish other kinds of texts that are related to security topics, be it essays, book and movie reviews, glosses etc. Most of the articles are written either in Czech or Slovak language but from time to time we publish English-written texts as well (see section “In English”).

In addition to publishing activities, the editorial board in cooperation with the Centre for Security and Strategic Studies takes part in organizing conferences and regular experts‘ lectures (series “Security Wednesdays/Tuesdays”) which invite security experts from various fields (e.g. armed forces, police forces, media, academia, NGOs etc.) and take place every semester at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University.

Our mission

The main goal of this project is to make the security agenda more accessible to the public. Our activities are devoted to initiate a professional debate about current security issues and broaden the common knowledge among public on these important topics which suffer very often from misinterpretation and manipulation, especially (but not only) in the mass media. Moreover, we want to offer the fellow students of Security Studies and related fields (International Relations, Political Science) as well as young experts on security an opportunity to express their opinions and views. Our magazine accepts written contributions from all the students (bachelor, master, Ph.D. candidates) although most of the articles are written directly by the editorial board. Last but not least, our goal is to promote the programme of Security and Strategic Studies taught at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

Our team

Current editorial board consists of master and bachelor students from the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. For any questions or comments, please write to info@sekuritaci.cz.

Martin Brožík

Editor-in-chief. He is a master student of Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University where he obtained his bachelor degree from Security and Strategic Studies and Political Science. He was also studying at Loughborough University in the UK and in summer 2014 worked as intern at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Cairo, Egypt. He is interested in the region of Middle East, terrorism, Islamic radicalism, and totalitarian and authoritarian regimes.

Veronika Netolická

PR manager. She is a student of Political Science and Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University. She is responsible for organizing various public events (e. g. conferences, seminars, debates) of the magazine.

Tomáš Kaválek

Editor, Middle East section. He is a master student of Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University where he obtained bachelor degree from Security and Strategic Studies and Political Science. He was studying at Marmara University in Istanbul and worked as an intern at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Istanbul. He focuses on the Middle East region, contemporary armed conflicts, various types of non-state armed violence and energy security issues.

Ondřej Macháček

Editor, East Asia section. He is a master student of International Relations and bachelor student of Chinese studies at Masaryk University. He specializes on foreign as well as domestic policies of the PRC. He studied on Taiwan and worked as intern at the EU Centre in Taipei and the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Beijing.

Filip Šebok

Editor, East Asia section. He is a student of International Relations at Masaryk University. He specializes primary in the East Asian region with the special focus on China and Japan, and the U.S. foreign policy.

Zuzana Gruberová

Editor, Middle East section. She is a student of International Relations and Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University. In addition to the Middle East region, she is interested mainly in information and modern warfare including cyber security and non-lethal weapons.

Michael Myklín

Editor, East Asia section. He is a student of International Relations and Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University. He specializes in security environment of East and Southeast Asia with a main focus on Korean peninsula and Indonesia.

Pavel Vinkler

Editor, Latin America section. He is a student of Security and Strategic Studies and Political Science at Masaryk University. He focuses on the region of South America and arms policy of particular states.

David Rypel

Editor, Post-Soviet area section. He is a student of Security and Strategic Studies, International Relations and Political Science at Masaryk University. He focuses on security aspects of religion, insurgency and security development in states of the former Soviet Union.

Jan Skoch

Editor, African section. He is a student of Political Science and Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University. He focuses on security and political development of the states in the southern part of the African continent, for example South Africa or Angola, which he visited personally.

Michaela Klíčníková

Editor, Latin America section. She is a master student of International Relations at Masaryk University, where she also obtained a bachelor degree from International Relations. She was also studying at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and worked as intern at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Spain. She focuses on the region of South America (with the special focus on Spanish speaking countries) and is also interested in the political and security development in the region of western Sahara.

Silvie Janičatová

Editor, Euro-Atlantic section. She is a bachelor student of International Relations and Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University. She focuses on armed forces and defence policy (primarily of the UK) and Euro-Atlantic relations including the so-called Special Relationship.

Former members

This project would be not possible without effort and devotion of people who contributed to the work of magazine in the past.

Former editors-in-chief:

Juraj Nosál (August 2012 – September 2014), Michal Mádl (January 2010- August 2012), Barbora Winterová, Petr Kupka.

Former editors:

Martina Ulmanová, Peter Števkov, Alena Hrušková, Barbora Jelínková, David Jehlička, Jan Ondrášek, Ján Kapusňak, Zbyněk Moltaš, Ondřej Urbánek, Viktor Vodák.

 

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