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Ondřej Ditrych was appointed as the new director of the IIR
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Ondřej Ditrych was appointed as the new director of the IIR


Ondřej Ditrych was appointed as the new director of the Institute of International Relations (IIR) on May 21, 2018. In his new position he will focus on internationally competitive academic research. The IIR is a leading public research institution founded in 1957.

“In the coming years, I will seek to ensure that the IIR is as visible as possible on the map of European research area. I would like to efficiently translate the core of academic excellence to relevant policy research, with the MFA as the most important client. I would also like to see the IIR actively speaking to the public to cultivate and broaden the horizons of the debate about foreign policy,” stated Director Ditrych.

Ondřej Ditrych holds degrees in International Relations from University of Cambridge (Mphil.) and Charles University in Prague (Ph.D.) where he is now an academic fellow and previous to becoming the director of the IIR was in charge of coordinating “D. CENT Karl Deutsch Centre for International Political and Social Research at the Department of International Relations”. He has gained practical experience at the Belfer Center, Harvard University and the CERI, Sciences Po in Paris as well as at the European Union Institute for Security Studies and NATO SHAPE.

The IIR is an independent public research institution founded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Among its activities are basic and applied research in the field of international relations, publication activities, organization of scholarly events, cooperation with prestigious foreign institutions, public library services and educational activities. The goals of the IIR are academic research provision, participation in the design and implementation of Czech foreign policy and increasing awareness of the various international issues among the broader public.