Research projects

GAČR project: China’s multifaceted economic diplomacy in the era of the Belt and Road

Standard project of the Czech Science Foundation (also known as the Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, GA ČR).

Registration number: 19-01809S

Implementation Period: 1st January 2019 – 31st December 2021

Team Leader: doc. Jeremy Alan Garlick, M.A., Ph.D. (Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies, Prague University of Economics and Business)

Team member: Gaziza Shakhanova, Ph.D. (Jan Masaryk Centre for International Studies, Prague University of Economics and Business)

The aim of the project is to examine China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a coordinated strategy of multifaceted economic diplomacy intended to gain geo-economic and geopolitical influence in Asia and Europe. This theoretical framework will be analysed using data obtained from selected countries of each BRI region.

Abstract: The project analyses China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI, also called ‘One Belt, One Road’ or China’s New Silk Road), President Xi Jinping’s flagship foreign policy initiative since 2013, via a theoretical framework of state-led, coordinated, multifaceted economic diplomacy in which three main strategic tools are utilised to achieve the initiative’s three primary goals. The three primary goals are: (i) expanding China’s geopolitical and geo-economic influence in developing countries across Asia and Europe; (ii) providing an outlet for Chinese companies competing in an overcrowded domestic market; and (iii) sustaining China’s economic growth and economic security. The three strategic tools are: (i) infrastructure construction by Chinese companies; (ii) loan financing from Chinese state banks; and (iii) a state-led soft power ‘charm offensive’. The framework will be applied to examination of texts and data relating to Chinese policy and investment in selected countries in each BRI region (Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southeast Asia).


GAČR project: „The energy discourse of the European Commission and the European Parliament and its impact on the Member States“.

Registration number: 21-04317S

Implementation period: 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2023

Research Team: Ing. Zbyněk Dubský, Ph.D. (the team leader: Mgr. et Mgr. Lukáš Tichý, Ph.D. from the Institure of International Relations)

The aim of the project is to provide a comprehensive conceptual approach to the study of the transmission and convergence of energy discourses of the EU and the Member States. The project answers the main question: Why do Member States’ energy policy reforms go beyond the EU legislative framework?

Abstract: Changes in the energy policies of the EU Member States cannot be explained only by the pressure exerted by EU legislation or more generally by research into the formal powers of the EU institutions in this area. This project focuses on examining the impact of the EU energy discourse (especially with regard to energy security) on selected EU Member States (Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy and Sweden) in the period 2014-2022 using a discourse-historical approach. We argue that the analysis of the interaction between the energy discourses of the European institutions (specifically the European Commission and the European Parliament) and the energy discourses of the Member States explains fundamental changes in Member States’ view of the need for energy policy changes (such as changes in the energy mix).