Prague Center for Middle East Relations

The Prague Center for Middle East Relations (PCMR) was established in September 2019 as an internal research, education and advisory facility of CEVRO Institute.

Recent Activities

Prague Centre for Middle East Relations in the Academic Year 2021/22

Prague Centre for Middle East Relations in the Academic Year 2021/22

Prague Centre for Middle East Relations (PCMR) of CEVRO Institute introduces its activities in the academic year 2021/22. Our activities included public debates, roundtable meetings, webinars, policy paper publications covering a wide range of up-to-date issues. Check out the overview of our work in this overview. Additional information can be also found in posts on our webpage.

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Memorandum of Understanding between CEVRO Institute and EMP-ABB in Mali

Memorandum of Understanding between CEVRO Institute and EMP-ABB in Mali

PCMR’s Vojtěch Bílý visited Bamako. The purpose was to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between CEVRO Institute and École de Maintien de la Paix Alioune Blondin Beye (EMP-ABB). The scope of cooperation with EMP-ABB includes activities such as research and analysis in the areas of peace and security, publications, exchange of lecturers, and knowledge-sharing activities.

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PCMR’s Vojtěch Bílý Meets Imam Mahmoud Dicko in Mali

PCMR’s Vojtěch Bílý Meets Imam Mahmoud Dicko in Mali

During his visit to Mali, PCMR’s Vojtěch Bílý also conducted a meeting with Imam Mahmoud Dicko, one of the most influential politico-religious figures who also supported the opposition movement in Mali in early 2020. Vojtech Bily and Imam Dicko discussed the political challenges in Mali.

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Message of the PCMR Director

Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have been undergoing significant political turbulences that affect not only regional stability and security but also international politics. The Arab Spring leading to profound changes in regimes and governance in some of the countries, ongoing armed conflicts, migration crisis and threat of Islamic extremism are all issues that are discussed in media on daily basis that we feel do not have enough attention in academic and public policy sphere in the Czech Republic and consequently also in the wider Central Europe.

Mission

  • Our mission is to further in-depth academic understanding of the rapid security, political and social economic changes in the Middle East and North Africa through conducting up to date policy-oriented research.
     
  • We also aim to develop relevant recommendations regarding the developments in the MENA region to assist decision-making processes both in the Czech Republic and in wider Central Europe.
     
  • We also focus on enriching contemporary debate among academia, decision-makers and wider public regarding the challenges and opportunities the MENA region currently faces and its implications for both domestic and foreign policy-making of European countries.

Vision

  • We aspire to fill in the existing gap in the landscape of think-tanks in the Czech Republic and in wider Central Europe by focusing on current issues in the MENA region.
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  • We endeavour to become a leading research institution in Central Europe concentrating on producing high-quality, practice-oriented research results regarding the developments in the MENA region.
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  • We aim at cultivating academic, media, and public policy debate regarding the MENA region and challenges it faces in order to identify opportunities and tackle threats stemming from rapid changes in the area.

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