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I am a Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Institute of Political Science, University of Luxembourg working on a project titled “ELWar – Electoral Legacies of War: Political Competition in Postwar Southeast Europe” funded by the ERC Starting Grant, and led by Professor Josip Glaurdić. Prior to joining the university in October 2017, I was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Political Science, Yale University (2017), a Cvachovec Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto (2017), and a Research Fellow at the International Institute of Political Science, Masaryk University (2012-2017). My research focuses on the existing challenges to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe with special emphasis on election-related conflicts, political violence and modern forms of authoritarian rule. I am the author of Electoral Violence in the Western Balkans. From Voting to Fighting and Back (Routledge; 2017) and a co-author of Challenges to Democracies in East Central Europe (Routledge; 2016). My papers on electoral violence and democratization have been published in a variety of international peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Terrorism and Political Violence, Problems of Post-Communism, Journal of International Relations and Development, Southeast European and Black Sea Studies, Democracy and Security, or World Political Science).


Selected papers
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Looking Eastward: Network Analysis of Czech Deputies and their Foreign Policy Groups co-authored by Tomas Diviak in Problems of Post-Communism (online, February 2019).

The paper analyzes a structure of relations among the members of the Chamber of Deputies as reported through their memberships in bilateral and multilateral groups of friendship which establish professional contacts between the Chamber of Deputies and foreign parliaments.

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Power-sharing and Democratization in Africa: The Kenyan Experience co-authored by Adam Drnovský in Journal of International Relations and Development (online; July 2018).

The paper presents an analysis of the impact of power-sharing on the democratic quality of elections in Kenya and argues that the power-sharing government eventually contributed to democratization although its impact on different areas of assessment varied.

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A case for global democracy? Arms exports and conflicting goals in democracy promotion co-authored by Pavel Dufek in Journal of International Relations and Development (online; October 2017).

The paper addresses the issue of arms exports to non-democratic countries as an important research topic and points to a reconsideration of certain fundamental conceptual and normative commitments underpinning democracy promotion.

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Fighting and Voting: Mapping Electoral Violence in the Region of Post-Communist Europe in Terrorism and Political Violence, 30 (4) (July 2018).

The paper maps electoral violence in a new typological environment  of Post-Communist Europe. It argues that electoral violence is not a rare phenomenon in the region and its dynamics vary on a great scale often mimicking the political realms of the local regimes.