Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association

RC SFPA (Slovakia)

Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA) was established by the transformation of the Slovak Institute for International Studies, a former allowance-receiving organization of the MFA SR, as a non-profit organization providing generally beneficial services in the field of international relations and foreign policy of the Slovak Republic.

In accordance with its status, the RC SFPA provides:

  • independent expert analyses on crucial issues of international relations and foreign policy of the Slovak Republic;
  • publishes periodical and non-periodical expert publications serving to increase awareness in the field of international relations and foreign policy of the Slovak Republic and as a source of qualified information for both, the expert and general public;
  • organizes expert events and participates in international scientific cooperation in the field of international relations and security;
  • contributes to the fostering of the expert discourse on international relations and foreign policy of the Slovak Republic;
  • creates a favorable environment for the growth of the new generation of the Slovak experts in the field of international relations; and
  • stimulates the interest of wider Slovak public in the global events as well as a deeper understanding of the significance of foreign policy and its link to the domestic policy.

Contact information

Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association - RC SFPA

Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association (RC SFPA)
Staromestská 6/D
811 03 Bratislava
Slovak Republic


Tel: +421 2 5443 31 51
Fax: +421 2 5443 31 61
Website: http://www.sfpa.sk/en/

The team

Klaudia Báňaiová - Researcher - Future of Security and Cooperation in Europe Program


banaiova@sfpa.sk

Resume

Klaudia Báňaiová graduated from Faculty of political sciences and international relations of Matej Bel University and currently working as junior research analyst at the Security and cooperation in Europe research program.  Her research interest includes international and regional security, OSCE related issues, WMD, nonproliferation, disarmament and arms control. Since 2014 she is also working as a project assistant in projects focusing on development aid, energy policy, etc.

Speciality

  • WMD Nonproliferation
  • Arms Control
  • Disarmament 

Vladimir Benc - Senior researcher - Economic Policy Program,
Head of the branch in Presov


benc@sfpa.sk
Tel: +421 51 7723245 - Fax: +421 51 7723245

Resume

Vladimir Benc  graduated from economics at the University of Presov, Slovakia.  At the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association he has been working as head of the Regional Development Programme.

Speciality

  • Regional development
  • Slovak-Ukrainian border cooperation

Vladimir Bilcik - Senior researcher - European Studies Program


bilcik@sfpa.sk
Tel: +421 2 54433159 - Fax: +421 2 54433161

Resume

Vladimir Bilcik, MSc, studied political science and economics at Swathmore College, USA and European politics at the University of Oxford, UK.  At the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association he has been working as head of the European Studies Research Programme.

Speciality

  • European integration
  • Political theory
  • Reform of the EU

Alexander Duleba - Director, Senior researcher - East Europe Program


duleba@sfpa.sk
Tel: +421 2 54433151 - Fax: +421 2 54433161

Resume

Alexander Duleba is Director of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association and Head of the Eastern Europe Program. Mr Duleba graduated from Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev in 1989 and was awarded a C.Sc. by the Department of Political Science at the Slovak Academy of Sciences in 1998. He received his Doctor Habilitatus from Comenius University in Bratislava in 2009. He has been with SFPA since 1995, and his research interests include Slovak foreign policy, the domestic and foreign policies of countries of the former USSR (mainly Russia and Ukraine), the European Neighbourhood Policy, and the energy policies of Slovakia, the V4 and the EU.

Speciality

  • Russian studies
  • Ukrainian studies
  • Energy policy

Dušan Fischer - Researcher - International Security Program


fischer@sfpa.sk

Resume

Dušan Fischer is a Marshall Center Alumni Scholar affiliated with the International Security Department at the Research Center of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, a think tank based in Bratislava, Slovakia. Dušan is currently working as an analyst at the Lessons Learned Management Division of the NATO Joint Analysis Lessons Learned Center in Lisbon, Portugal. Among his research areas are European security and defense cooperation, NATO assurance and deterrence measures, U.S. foreign, security, and defense policy.  He graduated from American Studies at the Heidelberg University and from the Program on Applied Security Studies at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Previously, Dušan worked at the NATO Headquarters Supreme Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, Virginia. He lectures on the topics of American studies, European and transatlantic security. As one of the most cited analysts Dušan is frequently sought out to provide commentary on the issues of contemporary America, NATO, and European security to Slovak and foreign media.

Speciality

  • NATO 
  • Transatlantic Security 

Samuel Goda - Researcher - Future of Security and Cooperation in Europe Program


goda@sfpa.sk

Resume

Samuel Goda works as researcher and project manager at the Slovak Foreign Policy Association, dealing mostly with OSCE-related issues, international security and development aid activities in Eastern Europe.  His main research areas include OSCE related issues, conflict cycle, conflict transformation and reconciliation, EU CFSP/CSDP, as well as a regional scope of Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. In addition Samuel works Assistant Professor and Vice-Dean for Development at the Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics in Bratislava, where he also teaches several courses on international relations. Dr Goda is also a representative at the "OSCE Network of Think Tanks and Academic Institutions." Samuel studied and conducted research stays in the Republic of Moldova, Czech republic, Austria, Ukraine, Germany and U.S.  As of 2018, under the Italian OSCE Chairmanship, Samuel became the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Youth and Security.

Speciality

  • Slovak Foreign Policy
  • OSCE Issues
  • Conflict Transformation and Reconciliation 
  • EU CFSP/CSDP

Ivo Samson - Senior researcher - International Security Program


samson@sfpa.sk
Tel: +421 2 54430210 - Fax: +421 2 54433161

Resume

Ivo Samson, PhD, graduated from history at the University of Brno (Czech Republic) and received his PhD in security studies at the Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany.
At the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association he has been working as head of the International Security Programme.

Speciality

  • Missile defence
  • Arms export
  • Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • Terrorist studies

Tomas Strazay - Senior researcher - Central and Eastern Europe Program;
editor - International Issues & Slovak Foreign Policy Affairs


strazay@sfpa.sk
Tel: +421 2 54433157 - Fax: +421 2 54433161

Resume

Tomas Strazay, PhD, graduated from political Science at the Comenius University, Slovakia. He received his PhD from the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw, Poland.  At the Research Centre of the Slovak Foreign Policy Association he has been working as head of the Central and South-Eastern Europe Research Programme.

Speciality

  • Visegrad Group cooperation
  • Slovak-Hungarian relations
  • South-Eastern Europe