History and Mission
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Department of Russian and East European Studies: Past and Present

The Department of Russian and East European Studies was founded in 1994 as part of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. The initial idea behind was to fill the existing gap in the study of the Balkans, East-Central Europe, and post-Soviet countries. Members of the former dissolved Institute for Central and East European History within Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences formed the core of the new Department to advance the study of the territory of the former Soviet Bloc based on Area Studies, a rather new field of study in the Czech context.


Shortly, it became clear that the area east of the Czech borders would maintain an extraordinarily important position in the Czech foreign policy, and, consequently, there would be a steady demand for education in this particular field of study. Moreover, the attractiveness of this region for study among the foreign client?le was no less apparent.


Over the years, the Department was successful in pursuing the study of Russia, East Europe, particularly the Ukraine and Belarus, and Central Europe. Aside from these achievements, the scope of study was further expanded to cover the Caucasus, Central Asia, and some of the long neglected parts of the Balkan peninsula, overreaching to include partly also the Middle East, East Asia, or Scandinavia.


At present, the Department conducts an interdisciplinary research of modern history, contemporary politics, international relations, culture and literature of the studied regions. Its members investigate a wide range of research grant projects commissioned by the Czech Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense and other government agencies, corporate sector, and NGOs, both in the Czech Republic and abroad.


An intergenerational renewal in the field has recently commenced within the Department, including both the education of own Ph.D. students and the involvement of experts from related fields and disciplines.


Apart from research, the main aim of the Department of Russian and East European Studies is the education of relevant area studies experts who are capable of orienting themselves in the vast territory of the former Soviet Bloc. Our graduates are particularly strong in critical assessment of the developments in the studied territories relying on deep background knowledge and analytical skills.


Our graduates are to be found working for government (Office of the President of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior), international organizations (OSCE, IOM), large business corporations (IBM, Škodaexport), media (Czech TV, Czech Press Agency, Czech Radio), or major NGOs (Člověk v tísni, Charitas). Some continue pursuing their academic careers as well.





History and Mission



Department of Russian and East European Studies: Past and Present

The Department of Russian and East European Studies was founded in 1994 as part of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. The initial idea behind was to fill the existing gap in the study of the Balkans, East-Central Europe, and post-Soviet countries. Members of the former dissolved Institute for Central and East European History within Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences formed the core of the new Department to advance the study of the territory of the former Soviet Bloc based on Area Studies, a rather new field of study in the Czech context.


Shortly, it became clear that the area east of the Czech borders would maintain an extraordinarily important position in the Czech foreign policy, and, consequently, there would be a steady demand for education in this particular field of study. Moreover, the attractiveness of this region for study among the foreign client?le was no less apparent.


Over the years, the Department was successful in pursuing the study of Russia, East Europe, particularly the Ukraine and Belarus, and Central Europe. Aside from these achievements, the scope of study was further expanded to cover the Caucasus, Central Asia, and some of the long neglected parts of the Balkan peninsula, overreaching to include partly also the Middle East, East Asia, or Scandinavia.


At present, the Department conducts an interdisciplinary research of modern history, contemporary politics, international relations, culture and literature of the studied regions. Its members investigate a wide range of research grant projects commissioned by the Czech Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Defense and other government agencies, corporate sector, and NGOs, both in the Czech Republic and abroad.


An intergenerational renewal in the field has recently commenced within the Department, including both the education of own Ph.D. students and the involvement of experts from related fields and disciplines.


Apart from research, the main aim of the Department of Russian and East European Studies is the education of relevant area studies experts who are capable of orienting themselves in the vast territory of the former Soviet Bloc. Our graduates are particularly strong in critical assessment of the developments in the studied territories relying on deep background knowledge and analytical skills.


Our graduates are to be found working for government (Office of the President of the Czech Republic, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Interior), international organizations (OSCE, IOM), large business corporations (IBM, Škodaexport), media (Czech TV, Czech Press Agency, Czech Radio), or major NGOs (Člověk v tísni, Charitas). Some continue pursuing their academic careers as well.