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Tomáš Kaválek is Director of the Prague Centre for Middle East Relations (PCMR) of the CEVRO Institute in Prague, Czech Republic. Previously, he was a lecturer at the Technical University of Ostrava/Erbil Campus in Kurdistan Region of Iraq. He also worked as a Middle East and North Africa Analyst in the Prague-based think-tank Association for International Affairs (AMO). Previously, he was a visiting fellow at the Middle East Research Institute (MERI) in Erbil, KRI. In 2015, he spent six months as a visiting researcher at the Marmara University Research Centre for International Relations (MURCIR), and as an intern for the conflict-prevention organization International Crisis Group (ICG). He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science at Masarky University in Brno. He was awarded his Master in Security and Strategic Studies at Masaryk University in Brno Czech Republic.
- Armed Conflicts in the Middle East
- Ethnic and religious issues in the Middle East
- Kurdish issue in the Middle East
- Turkish and Iraqi politics
Vojtěch Bílý is a researcher at the Prague Centre for Middle East Relations at the CEVRO Institute. He attended the Lycée Carnot in Dijon, France, later he studied psychology at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he obtained his M.A. degree. From September 2013 to June 2014, he worked as a volunteer-teacher in the Central African Republic (CAR), where he also became a witness to the unfolding civil war. During the turmoil, he participated in crisis negotiations and humanitarian interventions; ha was cooperating with the world’s media, which reported on the events of the civil war in CAR. He co-authored the book “When Mangoes Fall” in which he captures his experience of the war in the CAR. For several years he was involved with a non-profit organization SIRIRI; in 2016 he was appointed as a director of the organization. He is also active in international trade.
- Armed conflicts in Africa
- Humanitarian aid and development cooperation
- Euro-African relations
- Inter-ethnical / inter-religious coexistence in Africa
Lenka Klicperová is a journalist and a photographer. She obtained her master’s degree at the University of Hradec Králové. Right after graduating she started working as a journalist. From 2004 to 2018, she was the editor-in-chief of the magazine Lidé a Země. She has been working as a freelance reporter and photographer since 2018. She has worked in a number of African countries, from Angola to Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Niger and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. She visited Afghanistan several times, as well as Somalia, plagued by several decades of war. Since 2014, she has focused on the issue of war with the ISIS. She is the co-author of several documentaries (Tears of the Congo, Latim – Circumcised, Iraqi, Women in the Taliban, Unbroken) and a number of television reports. She has won eleven prizes and nominations in the Czech Press Photo competition – both for photography and for video production. In 2020, she was included in the prestigious Women Photograph database, which includes the best photographers from around the world. In 2010, the first book Africa within Us was published, on which she collaborated with Olga and Václav Šilha. The book was freely followed by Africa within Us II. Her work in Syria resulted in two books entitled In Sight of the Islamic State I and In Sight of the Islamic State II, both co-authored by Markéta Kutilová.
Together with Kutilová, she also wrote other books on the issues of war in Syria and Iraq: In the War (2018) and War is My Fate (2020). In 2019, a book called AK47 was published, which depicts dramatic life of the world-famous Czech war photographer Antonín Kratochvíl. Klicperová wrote the text of the book based on Kratochvíl’s narration. In September 2020, war broke out in Nagorno-Karabakh. Lenka Klicperová and Markéta Kutilová quickly moved to the center of events. The war in the Caucasus was captured by both reporters in many reports, but also in the book The Last One Sets the Village on Fire (2021).
Klicperová cooperates with a number of Czech media. She also lectures at the Department of Political Science at the University of Hradec Králové.
- Armed conflicts in the Middle East and the Caucasus
- Armed conflicts in Africa
- The Kurdish issue
- ISIS, its rise, development and future