About us

Security Outlines (formerly Sekuriťáci.cz) is originally a project by students of Security and Strategic Studies at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University, in Brno, Czech Republic. It is a student e-magazine about security which was founded in 2007 and is officially published by the civic association “Centre for Security and Strategic studies” thereafter. It has its own standardized serial publication number, ISSN 1802-6710. Security Outlines is a non-profit student project. Operational and maintenance costs are covered by a student grant from the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. For any questions or comments please contact us at redakce.so@gmail.com.

Our activities

The main activity of the magazine is publishing on-line articles on various topics related to current security issues and trends,  domestic as well as international. The articles are divided into four basic categories. The first category involves commentaries that focus on the very current events, issues or trends in the area of security and international politics. Next, we publish monthly analyses of the political and security-related development in the selected regions of the world. This section includes following subcategories: Euro-Atlantic area, Post-Soviet countries, Middle East, Latin America, East Asia, South Asia and Africa. The third category involves academic studies (research papers) on particular security-related phenomena or issues. For a better orientation, this section is divided into following subcategories: conflicts, extremism and terrorism, security policy, warfare and strategy, economy and energetics, law and organized crime, and others. Finally, the magazine publishes interviews with experts on security from both academic and professional field. Besides these official categories we also publish other kinds of texts that are related to security topics, be it essays, book and movie reviews, glosses etc. Most of the articles are written either in Czech or Slovak language but from time to time we publish English-written texts as well (see section “In English”).

In addition to publishing activities, the editorial board in cooperation with the Centre for Security and Strategic Studies takes part in organizing conferences and regular experts‘ lectures (series “Security Evenings”) which invite security experts from various fields (e.g. armed forces, police forces, media, academia, NGOs etc.) and take place every semester at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University.

Our mission

The main goal of this project is to make the security agenda more accessible to the public. Our activities are devoted to initiate a professional debate about current security issues and broaden the common knowledge among public on these important topics which suffer very often from misinterpretation and manipulation, especially (but not only) in the mass media. Moreover, we want to offer the fellow students of Security Studies and related fields (International Relations, Political Science) as well as young experts on security an opportunity to express their opinions and views. Our magazine accepts written contributions from all the students (bachelor, master, Ph.D. candidates) although most of the articles are written directly by the editorial board. Last but not least, our goal is to promote the programme of Security and Strategic Studies taught at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic.

Our team

Current editorial board consists of master and bachelor students from the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University. For any questions or comments, please write to redakce.so@gmail.com.

Veronika Čáslavová

Editor in Chief. Graduate of master’s degree programme Security and Strategic Studies, ongoing student of master’s degree programme International Relations. Her main focus lies on issues connected to human-trafficking and international criminal justice in terms of conflict resolution. As for her regional expertise, she dedicates her work to Africa and francophone regions. She has also taken an internship at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Paris in the past.

Jiří Maixner

Vice-Editor in Chief. Chief Editor of Middle East section. Focuses on the issue of Iranian proxy militias. Graduate of the Bachelor’s degree in Security and Strategic Studies and International Relations at FSS MUNI. Ongoing student of Master’s degree programme Security and Strategic Studies. Host and editor of Na dva kusy (Two pieces) podcast.

Former members

This project would be not possible without effort and devotion of people who contributed to the work of magazine in the past.

Former editors-in-chief:

Jiří Maixner (May 2019 – August 2020), Jakub Maděránek (June 2017 – May 2019), Michal Myklín (August 2015 – June 2017), Martin Brožík (September 2014 – August 2015), Juraj Nosál (August 2012 – September 2014), Michal Mádl (January 2010- August 2012), Barbora Winterová, Petr Kupka.

Former editors:

Jan Skoch, Michaela Klíčníková, Ondřej Macháček,Tomáš Kaválek, Zuzana Gruberová, Martina Ulmanová, Peter Števkov, Alena Hrušková, Barbora Jelínková, David Jehlička, Jan Ondrášek, Ján Kapusňak, Zbyněk Moltaš, Ondřej Urbánek, Viktor Vodák, David Rypel, Veronika Netolická, Filip Šebok, Pavel Vinkler, Silvie Janičatová, Tomáš Zwiefelhofer, Daria Glukhova, Pavel Hanosek, Denis Jansta, Barbora Valíková, Kristýna Svrdlinová, Matyáš Bajer, Michaela Prucková.

 

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