We are delighted to introduce the first of three videos, in which the editor-in-chief of New Perspectives journal, Dr. Benjamin Tallis, interviews Dr. Claudia Aradau, a Reader in International Politics in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London…

‘Who could possibly want such things?”    Editor-in-Chief Benjamin Tallis’ latest piece for Torn Curtain looks at communist era domestic design and the politics of material memory in the Czech Republic. Focusing on the Nanovo furniture company, which rescues and restores…

It’s been well over a year since Russia annexed Crimea, and the cease-fire agreed at Minsk for the fate of war-torn Eastern Ukraine from February 2015 is in tatters. With the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day having just…

Capitalisms in Central Europe: Local Solutions to Local Problems? A recent book highlights the role of the state in creating the different varieties of capitalism that can be seen in the region. Even if the majority of the world population…

Time to CEE New Perspectives

Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is among the most fascinating, diverse and complex regions in the world. It is also one of the most misunderstood and often overlooked. We seek to change that by enhancing understanding of and engagement with CEE,…

Call for Contributions: Now Open! Share your perspective on Central and Eastern Europe on our blog CEE New Perspectives! Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is among the most fascinating, diverse and complex regions in the world. It is also one…

Panel Stories: Public Lies & Private Lives in Paneláks and Sídlištěs

Prejudiced and Prefabricated Judgements obscure the lives that were, are and can be lived in housing estates built during the communist period. Debunking these myths – these panel stories[1] – can help promote wider and deeper reflections on the communist period,…

Last week, the journal New Perspectives and the Centre for European Security of the Institute of International Relations had the pleasure to host two exiting events featuring Dr. Claudia Aradau, a Reader in International Politics in the Department of War…

Velvet Underground

  Re-blogged from Torn Curtain. By Benjamin Tallis Prague’s trams are its mechanised flaneurs; their scenic routes criss-cross the city in a dense meshwork that makes them a prominent feature of street-life in the Bohemian capital. For those leisured travellers with…

By Benjamin Tallis and Michal Simecka, Centre for European Security, Institute of International Relations Should a serious migration crisis erupt as a result of conflict escalation in Ukraine, the odds are that the V4 would need assistance through exactly the…