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doc. PhDr. Michal Smetana, Ph.D.


Michal Smetana is an Associate Professor at the Institute of International Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Director of the Peace Research Center Prague (PRCP), and Head Researcher at the Experimental Lab for International Security Studies (ELISS). Previously, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and Peace Research Institute Frankfurt (PRIF). His main research interests lie at the intersection of security studies, international relations, and political psychology, with a specific focus on nuclear weapons in world politics, arms control and disarmament, contestation of international norms, and the use of experimental survey methodology to study public and elite attitudes towards foreign policy. His articles have been published in International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Affairs, Journal of Peace Research, International Studies Review, Contemporary Security Policy, Survival, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and many other scholarly and policy journals. He is the author of Nuclear Deviance. In addition to his academic work, he is frequently invited to talk about international security matters in the media and conducts policy analyses for NATO, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Czech Ministry of Interior.


Smetana M. (2020). Nuclear Deviance: Stigma Politics and the Rules of Nonproliferation Game. Palgrave Macmillan.
Smetana M., Ludvík J., Stehlík J., Bahenský V., Svitek F., Zajícová V., Konopásek Š., Lovecký T., & Hrdinová L. (2017). Indirect Coercion : Triangular Strategies and International Conflict. Charles University, Karolinum Press.
Hynek N., & Smetana M. (2016). Global Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, Political, and Regional Perspectives. Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group.

Chapters in monographs
Ostermann F., Böller F., Christiansen F., Kučmáš K., Onderčo M., & Smetana M. (2021). Voting on the Use of Armed Force: Challenges of Data Indexing, Classification, and the Value of a Comparative Agenda. Research Methods in Defence Studies: A Multidisciplinary Overview (pp. 170-188).
Smetana M. (2021). Nuclear Weapons and Peaceful Change. The Oxford Handbook of Peaceful Change in International Relations (pp. 301-318).
Smetana M. (2019). Weapons of Mass Protection? Rogue Asteroids, Nuclear Explosions in Space, and the Norms of Global Nuclear Order. Planetary Defense (pp. 231-244).
Hynek N., & Smetana M. (2016). Nuclear disarmament: Prague moments and analytical remarks. Global Nuclear Disarmament: Strategic, Political, and Regional Perspectives (pp. 1-11).
Smetana M. (2016). Nuclear infrastructure, strategic hedging, and the implications for disarmament. Global Nuclear Disarmament : Strategic, Political, and Regional Perspectives (pp. 44-60).

Onderčo M., Smetana M., & Etienne T. (2023). Hawks in the making? European public views on nuclear weapons post-Ukraine. Global Policy, 14(2), 305-317. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., Vranka M., & Rosendorf O. (2023). The lesser evil? Experimental evidence on the strength of nuclear and chemical weapon "taboos". CONFLICT MANAGEMENT AND PEACE SCIENCE, 40(1), 3-21. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., & Onderčo M. (2023). From Moscow With a Mushroom Cloud? Russian Public Attitudes to the Use of Nuclear Weapons in a Conflict With NATO. JOURNAL OF CONFLICT RESOLUTION, 67(2-3), 183-209. UT-WOS link 
Onderčo M., Tom W E., & Smetana M. (2022). Ideology and the Red Button : How Ideology Shapes Nuclear Weapons’ Use Preferences in Europe. Foreign Policy Analysis [online], 18(4), 1-21. UT-WOS link 
Rosendorf O., Smetana M., & Vranka M. (2022). Autonomous weapons and ethical judgments : Experimental evidence on attitudes toward the military use of 'killer robots'. Peace and Conflict, 28(2), 177-183. UT-WOS link 
Onderčo M., Smetana M., van der Meer S., & Etienne T. (2022). When do the Dutch want to join the nuclear ban treaty? Findings of a public opinion survey in the Netherlands. Nonproliferation Review, 28(1-3), 149-163.
Smetana M., & O'Mahoney J. (2022). NPT as an antifragile system: How contestation improves the nonproliferation regime. Contemporary Security Policy [online], 43(1), 24-49. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., & Onderčo M. (2022). Elite-Public Gaps in Attitudes to Nuclear Weapons : New Evidence from a Survey of German Citizens and Parliamentarians. International Studies Quarterly, 66(2), 1-10. UT-WOS link 
Klosek K., Bahenský V., Smetana M., & Ludvík J. (2021). Frozen Conflicts in World Politics: A New Dataset. Journal of Peace Research, 58(4), 849-858. UT-WOS link 
Onderčo M., & Smetana M. (2021). German views on US nuclear weapons in Europe: public and elite perspectives. European Security, 30(4), 630-648. UT-WOS link 
Rosendorf O., Smetana M., & Vranka M. (2021). Disarming Arguments: Public Opinion and Nuclear Abolition. Survival, 63(6), 183-200. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., & Vranka M. (2021). How moral foundations shape public approval of nuclear, chemical, and conventional strikes: new evidence from experimental surveys. International Interactions, 47(2), 374-390. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., & Wunderlich C. (2021). Nonuse of Nuclear Weapons in World Politics: Toward the Third Generation of "Nuclear Taboo" Research. International Studies Review, 23(3), 1072-1099. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., Onderčo M., & Etienne T. (2021). Do Germany and the Netherlands want to say goodbye to US nuclear weapons?. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 77(4), 215-221. UT-WOS link 
Martínková H., & Smetana M. (2020). Dynamics of norm contestation in the Chemical Weapons Convention: The case of 'non-lethal agents. Politics, 40(4), 428-443. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M. (2020). (De-)stigmatising the Outsider: Nuclear-armed India, United States, and the Global Non-Proliferation Order. Journal of International Relations and Development, 23(3), 535-558. UT-WOS link 
Ganguly S., Smetana M., Abdullah S., & Karmazin A. (2019). India, Pakistan, and the Kashmir dispute: unpacking the dynamics of a South Asian frozen conflict. Asia Europe Journal, 17(1), 129-143. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., & Ludvík J. (2019). Theorising indirect coercion: The logic of triangular strategies. International Relations, 33(3), 455-474. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., & Ludvík J. (2019). Between war and peace: a dynamic reconceptualization of "frozen conflicts". Asia Europe Journal, 17(1), 1-14. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M. (2018). A Nuclear Posture Review for the Third Nuclear Age: Patterns of Continuity and Change. The Washington Quarterly, 41(3), 137-157. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M. (2018). The Prague Agenda: An Obituary?. New Perspectives, 26(1), 16-22. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., & Onderčo M. (2018). Bringing the Outsiders in: Interactionist Perspective on Deviance and Normative Change. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 31(6), 516-536. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M., & Ludvík J. (2017). Nuclear proliferation, preventive strikes, and the optimist-pessimist divide. Nonproliferation Review, 23(5-6), 535-536.
Smetana M. (2016). Stuck on disarmament: the European Union and the 2015 NPT Review Conference. International Affaires, 92(1), 137-152. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M. (2015). Jaderná infrastruktura ve světě bez jaderných zbraní: logika virtuálních arzenálů v kontextu jaderného odzbrojení. Obrana a strategie, 15(1), 19-30.
Smetana M., & Ditrych O. (2015). The more the merrier: Time for a multilateral turn in nuclear disarmament. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 71(3), 30-37. UT-WOS link 
Smetana M. (2014). The Prague Agenda and the Future of Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament. Mezinárodní politika, Neuveden(12), nestránkováno.
Smetana M. (2014). Jaderná politika Spojených států po konci studené války : Vývoj v kontextu proliferace ZHN. Obrana a strategie, 14(1), 39-50.
Smetana M. (2014). „Duch Berlína“ v kontextu jaderné politiky USA. Mezinárodní politika, Neuveden(1), nestránkováno.
Smetana M. (2013). Role jaderných zbraní v bezpečnostní strategii Spojených států ve 21. století. Mezinárodní vztahy, 48(1), 27-49.