Lucia Najšlová

Lucia NajšlováLucia Najšlová is a Lecturer in European Politics and a Research Fellow at the Department of European Studies, Faculty of Social Science, Charles University in Prague, and a Lecturer in European Politics at UPCES CERGE-EI in Prague. She is a member of external advisory team of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and a chief editor of V4Revue, a webzine focused on Central Europe’s society, economy and politics.

Najšlová holds a PhD in political theory from Comenius University in Bratislava, during her studies she held fellowships at University of Arkansas and University of Oslo. She has published on EU external relations with a particular emphasis on the EU’s enlargement and neighborhood policies, the EU’s leverage as a democracy promoter and perceptions of the EU (and the West) among neighbors and aspirants for membership.

Najšlová has conducted research in Turkey, Cyprus and the Czech Republic, she is currently working on a monograph focusing on politics of belonging in EU-Turkey relations. Recent research projects in which she participated include FP7 TRANSWORLD (2013-2014) coordinated by the IAI in Rome and ‘Czech Foreign Policy and the Post-Western Global Order’ (2014-2016) run by the Institute of International Relations of the Czech Republic.


Presented Lecture: “Beyond Occidentalism: Uses of ‘the West’, ‘Europe’ and the EU in Political Mobilization in Turkey”

This lecture invites students to rethink the meanings  of ‘the West’, ‘Europe’ and the EU and their instrumentalization in domestic and international politics of Turkey, EU’s strategic partner and a candidate for membership. Focusing primarily in the past decade, we’ll discuss how Turkey’s government, opposition and non-state actors ‘read’ West/Europe/EU and used their meanings in political mobilization of their constituencies. Our workshop will be informed by history of Turkey-EU relations and European thinking on the Ottoman, later Turkish ‘other’, as well as visions of the future of EU-Turkey relationship.


Selective List of Publications

  • “The Czech Republic: Many Allies, One Friend”, in: Timo Behr, Teija Tiilikainen (eds.), Northern Europe and the Making of the EU’s Mediterranean and Middle East Policies (Farnham: Ashgate, 2015).
  • “The EU and the US in the Politics of Global Climate Change Governance: Avoiding the Crucial Questions”, Transworld Working Papers 44 (2014): 3, p. 1-23.
  • “Foreign Democracy Assistance in the Czech and Slovak Transitions: What Lessons for the Arab World?”, Fride Working Papers 2 (2013): 1-16.
  • Who is afraid of the Cyprus EU Presidency?, Europeum Working Paper, June/2012 (Prague: Europeum, 2012, with Tomáš Weiss).