Jan Daniel

Affiliated Researcher Dr. Jan Daniel is a researcher at the Institute of International Relations, Prague and a Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Studies, Charles University in Prague. In 2017, he obtained his PhD in International Relations from Charles University with thesis on peacekeeping practices in South Lebanon and their role in formation of political order.

In his research, he studies global security and peace discourses and their manifestations in local practices of intervention and state-building, as well as politics of security in Europe and Eastern Mediterranean. He has studied at the Masaryk University (2006 – 2012), University of Bologna (2009) and Bourguiba Institute of Modern Languages (2012). During his PhD studies he conducted research visits to the Free University of Berlin (2014) and American University of Beirut (2014 – 2015). He has published on theory of contemporary critical security studies, political sociology of peacekeeping and security governance and Islamist political movements.

 

Research project:

Hybrid Revolutionary Actors in World Politics: ISIS and international order

The notion that ISIS should be conceptualized as a hybrid actor that defies clear-cut categories of terrorist/ insurgent group has been promoted by a number of different authors. This project builds on such understanding but pushes the scholarly investigations of the group and its impact on the international politics and security in several novel directions. First, it seeks to examine the imaginations underpinning the project of the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate. It will thus offer a comprehensive investigation of the political and ontological vision of the world order and political sovereignty envisioned by the group. Second, the project relates these visions to other movements which share some features of the political and spatio-temporal registers with ISIS. The point is thus not to provide a historical overview of ISIS origins but rather to locate it within movements discontent with the current political and international order and its conceptualization and practice of sovereignty and international hierarchy. Third, while the project focuses on ISIS, it also attends to the responses of the international community. The project aims to account for how has been the political-ontological challenge of ISIS as a radical resistance to the present international order and its different political imagination received and fought on the international scene. It therefore seeks to map the effects, which the perceived challenges posed by such novel revisionist actor, have had on the international politics.