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Jan Hornát

Charles University in Prague, Institute of International Studies
Visiting Fellow


Duration of stay: July 2024

Jan Hornát is Head of Department, Department of North American Studies, at the Faculty of Social Sciences of  Charles University in Prague. He has been a senior researcher at Peace Research Center Prague since 2019. Before joining academia, he served as Head of Unit at the Department of European Programs at the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic. In Regensburg, he will be based at REAF - the Regensburg European American Forum - as a ScienceCampus fellow. He looks forward to collaborating with colleagues across all fields, including American Studies, political science, the social sciences, and area studies more broadly.

In his research, Hornát particularly focuses on transatlantic relations, US domestic and foreign policy, territorial disputes (focusing on the South China Sea, East China Sea and the Arctic), the sustainability of the liberal thought as a basis for our democracies and the world order at large. He also has an interest in exploring developments in area studies, including the intersections with political science and international relations.

One of Jan Hornát's recent publications, The Visegrad Group and Democracy Promotion: Transition Experience and Beyond Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) explores the substance and strategies of democracy promotion conducted by the Visegrad Group states. He has also published in academic journals such as International Relations, Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Global Affairs and The National Interest.

During his time in Regensburg, he will give a talk on 4 July in the Graduate School and ScienceCampus colloquium titled: State "Responsibilization" as a Tool of US Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: The Case of Small States. He will argue that the 21st century is marked by the “ubiquity of responsibility talk” in global politics. However, these demands for “responsible” behavior do not cater just to moral aspirations – they are the subtle techniques of power within the liberal international order (LIO), exploring the role of the United States in coordinating and inducing responsibilization within the reproduction of the LIO and the assessing sustainability of Washington’s hegemonic status.

The talk takes place at 14:15 in the Altes Finanzamt (IOS / GS), Landshuter Str. 4, Room 319. All are welcome to attend. No registration is required.

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