Institute of International Relations Prague

IIR (Czech Republic)

The IIR, founded in 1957, is a public research institution founded by the charter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. As the country’s leading think tank on matters of foreign and security policy, the IIR combines engagement in academic research and providing expert advice in areas ranging from transatlantic relations, disarmament and nonproliferation, EU internal and external policies, or East Asia to stakeholders in the Czech and European public sector. As a public institution whose aim is promoting awareness about key foreign policy agendas it reaches out to the public sector by means of organising ca. 60 public events a year, ranging from roundtables to major conferences. It is also an organiser of the annual Prague agenda conference hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The IIR is a member of a number of international networks and consortia, including EPIN, TEPSA and ECPR. It has recently launched a project Global Prohibition Regimes which brings together a team of ten Czech and international experts engaging in a comparative analysis of various CBRN and conventional weapons regimes.

Contact information

Institute of International Relations Prague - IIR

Nerudova 3, 118 50 Praha 1, Czech Republic

Tel: + 420 251 108 111
Fax: +420 251 108 222

The team

Ondrej Ditrych - Director
Tel: +420251108111


Ondrej Ditrych, MPhil. (Cantab.) Ph.D. is Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague (05/2018-). He lectures at Charles University in Prague, where he has coordinated D.CENT Karl Deutsch Centre for International Political and Social Research. He was previously a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations Prague (where, among other, he was the principal investigator of the project on global security regimes), 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) and lectured at the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy. His articles have been published in leading impacted journals in the field of international relations including Security Dialogue, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, Journal of International Relations and Development, International Relations, International Politics or Historical Social Research. His latest book, Tracing the Discourses of Terrorism: Identity, Genealogy and State, was published by Palgrave Macmillan, as is a forthcoming volume he has coedited, Regulating Global Security: Insights from Conventional and Unconventional Regimes.


  • Nuclear Disarmament
  • Arms Control
  • Security Regulation Theory

Miroslav Tuma - Associate Researcher
Tel: +420251108362


Dr. Miroslav Tuma (Col. Retd.) is a senior associate at the IIR. He holds a doctorate from the Faculty of Law, Charles University. In the Czechoslovak army, he served in various staff and command posts and participated e.g. in UNAVEM I (Angola) and the U.N. humanitarian operation in Iraq as part of the UN Guards Contingent in Iraq (UNGCI). After retiring from active duty, he was employed by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Security Policy Department, U.N. Department), with posts including the Permanent Mission to the United Nations (during Czech Republic’s membership in the Security Council). He is the author of monographs Mirove vyuzivani jaderne energie, nesireni jadernych zbrani a jaderne odzbrojeni [Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy, Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and Nuclear Disarmament] (Prague: Institute of International Relations, 2009) and of Jaderne odzbrojeni. Utopie, nebo projev politickeho realismu? [Nuclear Disarmament: Utopia or the Sign of Political Realism?] (Prague: Institute of International Relations, 2011), also of Jak dal v jadernem nesireni a odzbrojovani? [Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament: What Next?] ?] (Prague: Institute of International Relations, 2014) and last but not least Iranska jaderna dohoda a sirsi mezinarodni souvislosti [The Iran Nuclear Deal and Its Wider International Context] (Prague: Institute of International Relations, 2016).


  • Disarmament
  • Arms Control
  • Nonproliferation
  • International Organisation