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Oldrich Bures, Prof

Metropolitan University Prague, Center for Security Studies

Areas of Expertise

Country of residence

Czech Republic

Online Academic Profile

Research Discipline

Politics & International Relations


Professor Bures is a regular media commentator, working with print and broadcast media at home and overseas. He has been interviewed widely on European counterterrorism measures and security in Central Europe. For a full list of media appearances, please see

Language Skills

  • Czech (native)
  • English (fluent)
  • German (advanced)


Dr. Oldrich Bures is the Head of the Department of International Relations and European Studies and the Center of Security Studies, both at Metropolitan University Prague. He earned his Mgr. and Ph.D. degrees in Political Science and European studies at Palacky University in the Czech Republic, and his M.A. degree in International Conflict Resolution and Peace Studies at the Joan. B. Kroc Institute, University of Notre Dame in the United States of America as a Fulbright Fellow. His research is focused in the areas of Conflict Resolution and International Security, with special emphasis on United Nations peacekeeping operations, privatization of security, and the EU counterterrorism policy. His work has been published in Security Dialogue, Cooperation and Conflict, Terrorism and Political Violence, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, International Studies Review, International Peacekeeping, Intelligence and National Security, and Journal of Business Ethics, among other key journals. He is the author of several monographs, including EU Counterterrorism Policy: A Paper Tiger? (Ashgate, 2011) and Private Security Companies: Transforming Politics and Security in the Czech Republic (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), and (co-)editor of several edited volumes, including A Decade of EU Counter-Terrorism and Intelligence: A Critical Assessment (Routledge 2016).