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Contribute to our work

The work of the Internal Security Program is only possible because of kindly financial contributions from private donors who care about the future of our society. Please consider supporting our effort. Thank you!

We are currently looking for the means to start our third expert group, the Integration Policy Task Force, whose aim would be to find ways to prevent problems from arising within immigrant communities and strengthen the value-oriented integration of migrants.

If you wish to support the activities of the Internal Security Program, please use this form.

We strictly guard our independence from political parties and interest groups. Please see our ethical code and our transparent account.

For queries, please contact the Executive Director of the European Values Think-tank Radko Hokovský (hokovsky@evropskehodnoty.cz) or the Coordinator of the Internal Security Program Jakub Šoka (soka@evropskehodnoty.cz)

Our publications

Would you like to also read our media contributions?

  • We founded a website portal for the public, politicians and media for all of our work regarding Islamism: www.evropskehodnoty.cz/islamismus/ (in Czech language)
  • We regularly give comments on Islamism and the fight against radicalisation, the migration crisis and migration policy as well as integration of immigrants. Our media contributions can be found in the Us in the Media section.
  • Up-to-date information about our media contributions can be found on our Facebook page (in Czech language).

 

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Events

HOMEAFFAIRS Internal Security Forum Prague 2016

09/2016 (to be announced soon)

The second year of international conference HOMEAFFAIRS will take place in September 2016. Information on the last event available on this page.

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Migration Policy Task Force

In many ways, the European Union and its Member States failed to adequately respond to the migration crisis. Most of the migrants already made their way across Europe with nobody to identify or register them. Setting-up the so-called “hotspots” has not worked either — only one is functioning so far in Greece. Many states relaxed the practice of returning refugees to the first country of entry in line with the Dublin III rules. In so doing, they gave the refugees the liberty to choose which EU country they want to claim asylum in (so-called asylum-shopping).

It is apparent that a reform of the European asylum system and migration policy is unavoidable. The changes must be made no later than in 2016, otherwise the numbers of incoming migrants will continue to grow. However, searching for a European solution to the migration crisis has, so far, yielded no results.

The Czech Republic is one of the countries of the Visegrad Four, which agreed to adopt a restrictive approach to migration and came out in opposition to the prevailing approach in Western Europe, which it regards as an irresponsible policy of the open door.

To find an adequate solution to the task of bringing immigration under control, the European Values Think Tank put together the Migration Policy Task Force (MPTF) group. Its key objective is to develop a series of policy solutions and legislative measures based on a complex analysis of the migration crisis and migration policy designed to ensure control over how many people come to the Czech Republic and the wider Schengen area, but also to increase our effectiveness in providing aid to refugees in the regions of their origin. Číst dále

Counter-Radicalisation Task Force

The January terrorist attacks in Paris did not come as a surprise. They are the result of radicalisation into Islamism among European Muslims. The jihadist ideology calls for a violent opposition against liberty, democracy, Western values and everything else which it considers un-Islamic. With the expansion of the Islamic State and other terrorist organisations in the Middle East, the Islamist ideology was adopted by thousands of young Muslims in Europe.

Compared to Western European countries with their populous immigrant communities, the Muslim population in the Czech Republic remains benign. The country is therefore in a unique situation. Instead of having to respond to contemporary terrorist attacks and dealing with thousands of radicals, it can primarily focus on preventing security threats and suppressing extremist ideas in their inception. At the same time, the Czech discourse is not as constrained by political correctness. It is therefore a suitable environment to lead an open discussion and propose EU-wide solutions to the problem.

For this reason, the European Values Think Tank assembled the Counter-Radicalisation Task Force (CRTF), an expert group whose members analyse the trend of radicalisation among European Muslims. The work of the group revolves around one central question:

How should the Czech Republic and the EU Member States face the rise of radicalisation among Muslims in Europe?”

The group conducts a long term analysis of the various facets of radicalisation into militant Islamism. The overarching objective of this work is to create a series of political and legislative measures aiming to ensure an effective prevention of radicalisation of Muslims in the Czech Republic and the European Union.

Our people

Fotka-RH Radko Hokovský

 Executive Director of the European Values Think-tank 

 Senior Fellow at the Internal Security Program

 E-mail: hokovsky@evropskehodnoty.cz 

 Phone: +420 775 031 108

Radko Hokovský is the Executive Director of the European Values Think Tank. He started as a volunteer in 2005 and gradually became project manager, international coordinator and executive secretary. He was a director of international research-educational program, the European Values Network between 2007 and 2010. As a volunteer, he was active in the Association for International Affairs, the European Youth Parliament and the European Movement.

His expertise lies in the area of EU internal security and institutional issues of European integration. He is an author many expert and academic publications as well as speaker at international conferences. He is a lecturer at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University and at the Department of International Relations and European Studies at the Metropolitan University in Prague.

At the moment, he is finalising his dissertation at the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations in 2006. He acquired his Master’s degree at the Center for European Integration at the University of Bonn. During his studies, he finished an internship at the European Parliament under MEP Josef Zieleniec. He attended the Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program at the Prague Security Studies Institute. At the invitation of the US Foreign Secretary, he attended the Visitor Leadership Program themed “Current U.S. social, political and economic issues for young European leaders”.

 MG_4529-e1456337504698-195x300 Jan Stehlík

 CRTF Analyst

 E-mail: stehlik@evropskehodnoty.cz

 Phone: +420 722 176 195

Jan Stehlík received his BA in Politics at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, where he focused his studies in the fields of political science, multiculturalism, security, extremism and civil society. His thesis investigated radicalisation into militant Islamism among British Muslims. In 2014, he enrolled in MA Security Studies at the Charles University in Prague. He spent the first half of 2016 at the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po.

Jan has been active in civil society. In 2014, he worked with the Rekonstrukce Státu NGO on drafting questions for the Election Calculator. In early 2015, he worked for the Oživení CSO where he took part in an anti-corruption project tackling the misuse of public-funded media in local politics. He has been working with the European Values Think Tank since June 2014 and coordinated the Internal Security Program until January 2015.

 

Jiří-Blažek-e1456337140810-195x300-2 Jiří Blažek

 CRTF Analyst

 E-mail: blazek@evropskehodnoty.cz

 Jiří graduated from the doctoral study program in Judaism at the Hussite Theological Faculty at the Charles University in Prague, where he studied medieval Jewish millennialism, eschatology and recent developments in the Middle East. He studied at the Conservative Yeshiva Institute in Jerusalem and participated in the Visiting Research Fellow program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem between 2008 and 2009.

 

 

Radka-Famfulová-Foto-11-e1456337191333-205x300-2 Radka Famfulová

 Communications Coordinator for the Internal Security Program

 E-mail: famfulova@evropskehodnoty.cz

 Phone: +420 731 377 118

 Radka is a student of Security Management at the Police Academy of the Czech Republic, focusing on the issues of safety and crisis management. She completed a one-year study program at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. In 2015, she entered the Active Reserve Forces of the Czech Army. Radka has been active in the European Values Think Tank since June 2015.

 

 

12071662_10206636784512625_1871143430_n-e1456337373976-192x300 Šimon Levíček

 CRTF Junior Associate

 Email: levicek@evropskehodnoty.cz

 A student of BA Political Science and BA Security and Strategic Studies, Šimon’s focus lies with Islamic radicalism, conflicts over resources and global security trends. He cooperates with the War on Peace internet portal which deals with current security problems.

 

 

 

Adéla-Tvrdíková-Foto-e1456337007361-207x300-2 Adéla Tvrdíková

 CRTF Law Analyst

 E-mail:  tvrdikova@evropskehodnoty.cz

 Adéla graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of West Bohemia in Plzeň, where she took interest in the fields of copyright and constitutional law and human rights. Since 2007, she has been active in advocacy and since 2011 she has worked as an independent lawyer in Prague. In her profession, she deals mainly with legal specifications real estate, religious communities, media, software, consumer and energy sectors. She also represents clients in civil court proceedings. Adéla provides legal services to public service institutions, religious  communities, fundraising organisations, banks and energy providers, associations of unit owners and private persons.

In the European Values Think Tank, her work lies with the compatibility of the Sharia law with European law and the constitutional system of the Czech Republic. She also works on the details of application of the Sharia in the EU space.

hlava-e1456337423873-203x300 Petr Jan Vinš

 CRTF Theology Analyst

 Email: vins@evropskehodnoty.cz

Petr graduated from the Master’s study program in religion studies and theology at HTF UK (Hussite Theological Faculty of the Charles University) in Prague. After passing his rigorous exams in theology he was awarded the ThDr. title. In his studies he focused on religious fieldwork research, the problematic of sectarianism and religious extremism. He also worked in consulting on religious sects. He completed his post-graduate studies in Bern and Tel Aviv. Currently he is finishing his doctoral study program focused on the Near East in Bern in Switzerland, and on Czech History at the Faculty of Arts of the UPOL in Olomouc. For several years he used to be active as an expert fellow at the Bern university in Switzerland, now he lectures predominantly at the HTF UK. He has been cooperating with the European Values Think-Tank since May 2015.

 

12596070_10205367353650738_1320465796_n-e1456685662786-197x300 Kamil Pikal

 CRTF Analyst

 Email: pikal@evropskehodnoty.cz

Kamil graduated from Russian and Eastern European Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Charles University in Prague, where he specialised on the problematic of Islam and modern history of Muslim ethnicities of Turkey and Southern Europe. He continues to research this region in his doctoral study at the same faculty. During his doctoral study, his interest extended to the problematic of Muslim communities in the rest of Europe. During the course of his studies, he completed research placements in Ankara, Pristine, and Strasbourg.

At the Charles University Faculty of Social Sciences, Kamil lectures the Islam in the Balkans course and several other courses on Balkans and religion in Eastern Europe. He is the author and contributor to several publications, most recently a collective monograph entitled National Minorities in Socialist Yugoslavia (Národnostní menšiny v socialistické Jugoslávii (Sokolov: Flavia Viera, 2015)) to which he is the co-editor and the author of the chapter on the Turkish minority.

Our teams

The Internal Security Program is structured into three expert groups:

You can access our background papers, policy recommendations and research studies in the Our Publications section.

For queries, please contact the Executive Director of the European Values Think-tank Radko Hokovský (hokovsky@evropskehodnoty.cz) or the Coordinator of the Programme for Cohesive Society Jakub Šoka (soka@evropskehodnoty.cz)

Activities

In 2015, the European Values Think Tank founded the Internal Security Program with the aim to protect the cohesion of our society and the values it stands on. This mandates action in three areas (a) and three levels (b):

a) Three areas of legislative and non-legislative measures:

  • The fight against radicalisation — the goal is to halt the spread of Islamist extremism and terrorism
  • Immigration and asylum policy — the goal is to maintain control over the number of residents in the Czech Republic and their origin and qualifications
  • Integration policy — the goal is to ensure a successful integration of immigrants into mainstream society

b) Three levels of promoting these measures:

  • National level — The Government, the Parliament and the political parties in the Czech Republic
  • European level — the European Commission and the European Parliament
  • Expert and public discourse in the Czech Republic and the European Union — media work (articles, commentaries, interviews, background papers etc)

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Internal Security Program

The Internal Security Program was created in reaction to worrying phenomena which we have been observing in Western Europe for some time. As a European Union member state, the Czech Republic must now face these because they affect us as well. The objective of the Program for Cohesive Society is to create policy solutions to the threats of Islamist radicalisation, uncontrolled migration and ineffective minority integration.

The cohesion of European countries is being tested by the spread of the Islamist ideology among European Muslims, growing difficulties within immigrant communities and increasing numbers of Islamist terrorist attacks. At the same time, it suffers from the ongoing mass migration from the Middle East and Africa which yet escapes mitigation by European politicians.

The societies and demographics of many European countries are changing. This has sparked a number of negative security, social and political consequences, including frustration and disenchantment of the majority population and its increasing support for extremist parties and social movements.

As a consequence of being forcefully isolated from their Western counterparts during the Cold War, the Central European countries did not, until recently, have to face these societal challenges. However, for the past quarter century, the Czech Republic has been a free, open and prosperous country benefitting from close ties to its Western European partners. The problems and threats for our Western neighbours therefore directly affect us as well. Our political representatives therefore stand face-to-face before similar challenges to those faced by their Western European colleagues.

In 2015, the European Values Think Tank founded the Internal Security Program with the aim to protect the cohesion of our society and the values it stands on. This mandates action in three areas (a) and three levels (b):

a) Three areas of legislative and non-legislative measures:

  • The fight against radicalisation — the goal is to halt the spread of Islamist extremism and terrorism
  • Immigration and asylum policy — the goal is to maintain control over the number of residents in the Czech Republic and their origin and qualifications
  • Integration policy — the goal is to ensure a successful integration of immigrants into mainstream society

b) Three levels of promoting these measures:

  • National level — The Government, the Parliament and the political parties in the Czech Republic
  • European level — the European Commission and the European Parliament
  • Expert and public discourse in the Czech Republic and the European Union — media work (articles, commentaries, interviews, background papers etc)

The Internal Security Program is structured into three expert groups:

You can access our background papers, policy recommendations and research studies in the Our Publications section

Contribute to Our Work

The work of the Programme for Cohesive Society is only possible because of kindly financial contributions from private donors who care about the future of our society. Please consider supporting our effort. Thank you!

We are currently looking for the means to start our third expert group, the Integration Policy Task Force, whose aim would be to find ways to prevent problems from arising within immigrant communities and strengthen the value-oriented integration of migrants.

If you wish to support the activities of the Internal Security Program, please use this form.

We strictly guard our independence from political parties and interest groups. Please see our ethical code and our transparent account.

For queries, please contact the Executive Director of the European Values Think-tank Radko Hokovský (hokovsky@evropskehodnoty.cz).