Miroslava Kulkova is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Charles University in Prague. Miroslava has studied International Relations at the Charles University and at the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Unviersität in Bonn. In her Ph.D. thesis she examines peaceful transitions of regions. She also participated in the research project of Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, for which she studied normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia. In VITRI she is part of the Working Group focusing on Security Communities.
Jakub Stauber is Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Institute of Political Studies, Charles University. His dissertation research focuses on the institutionalization of political parties in the Czech Republic. The goal of the project is to analyze changes in the Czech party system manifested with the increase in electoral support of genuinely new political parties. The theoretical framework is based on the theory of institutionalization, which provides an explanation of the dynamics of the internal development of political parties.