Michal Smetana

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Biography

Michal Smetana is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Coordinator of the Peace Research Center Prague (PRCP), and Head Researcher at the Experimental Lab for International Security Studies (ELISS). He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from Charles University and was previously a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). His main research interests lie at the intersection of security studies, international relations, and political psychology, with a specific focus on nuclear and chemical weapons, arms control and disarmament, deterrence theory, and norms and deviance in international affairs. His articles have been published in International Studies Quarterly, International Affairs, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Review, Contemporary Security Policy, Survival, Journal of International Relations and Development, The Washington Quarterly, International Interactions, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Politics, Bulletin of the Atomic ScientistsInternational Relations, European Security, The Nonproliferation Review, and many other academic and policy journals. He is the author of Nuclear Deviance: Stigma Politics and the Rules of the Nonproliferation Game. In addition to his scholarly works, he also worked on policy analyses for NATO, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Czech Ministry of Interior.

Selected publications:

Journal articles

2019    “Theorising Indirect Coercion: The Logic of Triangular Strategies”. International Relations 33(3) (with Jan Ludvík).

2019    “Bringing the Outsiders in: Interactionist Perspective on Deviance and Normative Change”. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 31(6) (with Michal Onderco).

2018    “(De-)stigmatizing the Outsider: India and the Global Non-Proliferation Order”. Journal of International Relations and Development. First published online in October 2018.

2018    “A Nuclear Posture Review for the Third Nuclear Age”. The Washington Quarterly. 41(3)

2018    “Between War and Peace: A Dynamic Reconceptualization of ‘Frozen Conflicts’”. Asia-Europe Journal 17(1) (with Jan Ludvík).

2018    “India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir Dispute: Unpacking the Dynamics of South Asian Frozen Conflict”. Asia-Europe Journal 17(1) (with Sumit Ganguly, Sannia Abdullah, and Ales Karmazin).

2018    “The Prague Agenda: An Obituary?”. New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and International Relations 26(1)

2017    “Nuclear Proliferation, Preventive Strikes, and the Optimist-Pessimist Divide (Correspondence)”. The Nonproliferation Review 23(5–6) (with Jan Ludvík)

2016    “Stuck on Disarmament: The European Union and the 2015 NPT Review Conference”. International Affairs 92(1)

2015    “The More the Merrier: Time for a Multilateral Turn in Nuclear Disarmament”. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 71(3) (with Ondrej Ditrych).

Special Issues (guest editor)

2018    “Between War and Peace: Frozen Conflicts in Eurasia”. Asia-Europe Journal (with Jan Ludvík)

2018    “The Prague Agenda”. New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of Central & East European Politics and International Relations (with Benjamin Tallis)

Books

2019    Nuclear Deviance: Stigma Politics and the Rules of the Nonproliferation Game. London: Palgrave Macmillan.  

2017    Indirect Coercion: Triangular Strategies and International Conflict. Prague: Charles University Press (with Jan Ludvík, eds.)

2015    Global Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, Political and Regional Perspectives. London: Routledge (with Nik Hynek, eds.)

Book Chapters

2018    “Weapons of Mass Protection? Rogue Asteroids, Nuclear Explosions in Space, and the Norms of Global Nuclear Order”. In: Planetary Defense: Global Collaboration for Saving Earth from Asteroids and Comets, Springer.

2017    “The Concept of Indirect Coercion”. In: Indirect Coercion: Triangular Strategies and International Conflict. Prague: Charles University Press (with Jan Ludvík, eds.)

2015    “Nuclear Infrastructure, Strategic Hedging, and the Implications for Disarmament.” In: Global Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, Political and Regional Perspectives. London: Routledge.

2015    “Nuclear Disarmament: Prague Moments and Analytical Remarks”. In: Global Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, Political and Regional Perspectives. London: Routledge (with Nik Hynek).