Doc. PhDr. Slavomír Horák, Ph.D.

Doc. PhDr. Slavomír Horák, Ph.D.

Position: Associate Professor

Research Interests: Central Asia, Turkmenistan, authoritarian regimes, informal structures, ideology


Office: 204/K1004 since September 2020



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(2005 -)

Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Russian and East European Studies

Assistant Professor

(2007 - 2017)

The University of Economics, Faculty of International Relations

Lecturer in Geography of Tourism


Ostrava University, Faculty of Sciences, Specialization: Political and Cultural Geography, doc. (Associate Professor equivalent), 2019.

Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of International Studies. Specialization: International Area Studies, Ph.D., 2007

Charles University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of International Studies. Specialization: Russian and East European Studies, M.A. (Mgr.), 2002

Charles University, Faculty of Arts, Institute of Near East and Africa. Specialization: Turcology and History and Culture of Islamic Countries, 1997-2000 (M.A. unfinished)

The University of Hradec Králové, Faculty of Informatics and Management. Specialization: Tourism Management with extended language studies, B.A. (Bc.), 1998

Research grants

Horizon 2020

Project title: Central Asian Law.

Prague team leader, 2020-2022


Project title: Eurasian Insights: Strengthening Central Asian Studies in Europe (EISCAS).

Prague team leader, 2018-2021

Czech Republic Grant Agency

Project title: De facto state in Northern Eurasia in the context of Russian foreign policy

Grant leader, 2015-2017

Research fellowships

Central Asia Fellowship. Alexanteri Institute, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland Central Asian Fellowship, 2014

Fulbright scholarship. School of Avanced ad International Studies, John Hopkins University, Washigton DC, USA, 2012-2013

Teaching Practise, Tbilisi Institute of Asia and Africa, Tbilisi, Georgia, 2009-2010

Research Scholarship, Institute for Public Policy, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 2007.

Recent conferences

  • “Chinese BRI policy (a view from Ashgabat).“ Sinophone Borderlands – Interactions at the Edges. Palacký University, Olomouc, 21.3.2018.
  • “Do we need to fear of leader’s change in the autocratic regime?” The case of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. Authoritarian stability and breakdown in Russia and its neighbour countries. Aarhus University, Aarhus, 2.12.2016.
  • “Gagauzia 1990-1995 as a de-facto state”. Central Eurasian Studies Society Annual Conference. Princeton University, Princeton NJ, 5.11.2016.
  • “Sport as a state ideology in authoritarian regimes”. The case of Aziada-2017 in Turkmenistan. Central Eurasian Studies Society Regional Conference, Kazan State University, Kazan, 2.6.2016.

Selected publications

  • Horák, Slavomír: The emergence and failure of the Gagauz Republic (1989–1995). In: De Facto States in Eurasia (Tomáš Hoch, Vincenc Kopeček, eds.). Routledge,  Abingdon, Oxon, New York, 2019, p. 274-295. ISBN 978-03-6719-912-8.
  • Horák, Slavomír: Bukharan People’s Soviet Republic: from protectorate to SSR. In: De Facto States in Eurasia (Tomáš Hoch, Vincenc Kopeček, eds.). Routledge,  Abingdon, Oxon, New York, 2019, p. 46-62. ISBN 978-03-6719-912-8.
  • Horák, Slavomir: Leadership Succession in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan: Between Stability and Instability. Central Asian Affairs, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2018, p. 1-15.
  • Polese, Abel - Ó Beacháin, Donnacha - Horák, Slavomír: Strategies of Legitimation in Central Asia: Regime Durability in Turkmenistan. Contemporary Politics, Vol. 23, No. 4, 2017, p. 427-455. IF2016 = 0.571.
  • Horák, Slavomír: Nation-building and sporting spectacles in authoritarian regimes: Turkmenistan’s Aziada-2017. In: Critical Geographies of Sport: Space, Power and Sport in Global Perspective (Routledge Critical Studies in Sport) (Natalie Koch, ed.). London – New York: Routledge, 2016, s. 48-63. ISBN: 978-1138927124.
  • Horák, Slavomír: Turkmenistan at the last stage of Perestroika. The determinant of the authoritarian path of independent Turkmenistan. Cahiers de l’Asie Centrale, No. 26, 2016. p. 29-49. ISSN 1270-9247.
  • Horák, Slavomír – Polese, Abel: A tale of two presidents: personality cult and symbolic nation-building in Turkmenistan. Nationalities Papers. Vol. 43, Issue 3, 2015, p. 457-478. ISSN 0090-5992.
  • Horák, Slavomír: The Battle of Gökdepe in the Context of Personality Cults in Post-Soviet Turkmenistan. Central Asian Survey, Vol. 34, No. 2, 2015, p. 149-161. ISSN 1465-3354.
  • Horák, Slavomír: The Elite in Post-Soviet and Post-Niyazow Turkmenistan: Does Political Culture Form a Leader? Demokratizatsiya, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2012, s. 371-385. ISSN 1074-6846