Jan Koura

PhDr. Jan Koura, Ph.D.

Funkce

  • Vědecký tajemník
  • Studijní referent pro obor Historie – Evropská studia

Kontakt

Academic Posts:

  • 2013 – present: Senior Lecturer, Institute of Global History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 2017 – present: Head of the Cold War Research Group, Institute for the Study of Strategic Regions (ISSR), Charles University
  • 2011 – May 2013: Junior Lecturer, Institute of Global History, Faculty of Arts, Charles University 

Education:

  • 2008–2013: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Postgraduate Programme in Modern World History, Institute of Global History, Faculty of Arts (attained degree: PhD)
  • 2007–2008: Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne (United Kingdom), Erasmus Exchange Program
  • 2003–2008: Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Graduate Programme in History and Political Science (attained degree: Master – Mgr.)
  • 2003–2007: Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Undergraduate Programme in Political Science and International Relations (attained degree: Bachelor – Bc.)

Fellowships

  • 2014–2015: Fulbright-Masaryk Visiting Scholar, Institute of European, Russian, and Euroasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, United States
  • June 2014 – July 2014: Visiting Research Fellow, School of History, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom
  • July 2010: Research Scholar, Suffolk University, Boston, United States
  • February 2010–May 2010: Visiting Fellow, School of History, University of St Andrews, United Kingdom 

International conferences and Invited Speaker Lectures

  • Koura, J., An Unequal Duel: The U.S. Propaganda Effort in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1950, Leiden University, 1 May 2018
  • Koura, J., The Cultural Cold War in Eastern Europe and the Psychological Strategy Board (1947-1953), Utrecht University, 30 April 2018
  • Koura, J., Toward the Strategy of Containment: George F. Kennan and Designing the Marshall Plan, in: Commemorating the 70thAnniversary of the Marshall Plan: Past and Current Challenges of the Transatlantic Alliance, Knihovna Václava Havla, 26 May 2017
  • Koura, J., Struggle for the Mind of the Czechoslovakian People: US vs Communist Propaganda in Czechoslovakia, 1945–1948, in: Annual Meeting of British Association for Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (BASEES), University of Cambridge, 3 April 2016.
  • Koura, J., S. Propaganda in the early Cold War, Russian State University for Humanities (RGGU), Russia, 1 November 2016.
  • Koura, J., S. Public Diplomacy in Czechoslovakia 1945–1950, Institute of History, Politics and International Relations of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University, Ukraine, 15 May 2015.
  • Koura, J., Political, Economic and Propagandistic Interest of Czechoslovakia in British Guyana in 1950s and 1960s, in: Cultural Cold War. Eastern Propaganda in Latin America, Metropolitan University Prague, 13 November 2015.
  • Koura, J., ¿Colaboración sin llevar a cabo? Partido Progresista del Pueblo de Guayana y su colaboración con Checoslovaquia entre 1950 y 1964, in: Las relaciones entre Europa Central y Oriental y América Latina 1945–1989, Charles University, 4 September 2014.
  • Koura, J., První konflikt studené války? Spojené státy americké a řecká občanská válka v letech 1946–1949 [First conflict of the Cold War? The United States and Greek Civil War, 1946–1949], in: Promýšlet Evropu dvacátého století: Konflikty beze zbraní [Rethinking 20th Century Europe. Unarmed Conflicts], Masaryk University Brno, 9 April 2014.
  • Koura, J., A Missed Opportunity? U.S. Public Diplomacy towards Czechoslovakia, 1945–1953, Visiting Scholars Roundtable Series, Institute of European, Russian, and Euroasian Studies, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, 23 October 2014.
  • Koura, J., Broadcasting by the Voice of America (VOA) to Czechoslovakia during the late 1940s and 1950s: Contest between Foreign and Domestic Propaganda, in: Annual Meeting of Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR), Arlington, Virginia, USA, 20–22 June 2013.
  • Koura, J., Trumanova doktrína – počátek univerzalistického zadržování komunismu? [The Truman Doctrine – Origin of Universalist Containment?], in: XX Ogólnopolski zjazd historyków studentów [XX Annual Meeting of History Students], Uniwersytet Ślaski w Katowicach, Poland, 12 April 2012. 

Research Grants

  • 2018– Co-researcher of the project KREAS (Creativity and Adaptability as Conditions for the Success of Europe in an Interrelated World), Faculty of Arts, Charles University
  • 2017– Co-researcher of the project PROGRES Q09, Charles University
  • 2012–2016: Co-researcher of the project PRVOUK P12 – History in an Interdisciplinary Perspective, Charles University
  • 2016: John F. Kennedy Library Research Grant
  • 2014: Harry S. Truman Library Institute Research Grant
  • 2012–2013: Grant of Faculty of Arts, Charles University (project title: “Propaganda War: Broadcasting of Voice of America to Czechoslovakia 1948–1953”)
  • 2011–2012: Grant of the Grant Agency of Charles University (project title: “Analysis of the Role of Greece and Turkey in U. S. Containment Strategies 1946–1964”) 

Main Publications:

Monographs

  • Koura, J., Zápas o východní Středomoří. Zahraniční politika Spojených států amerických vůči Řecku a Turecku v letech 1945–1953, [Struggle for the Eastern Mediterranean. U.S. Foreign Policy towards Greece and Turkey in the years 1945–1953], Praha: Fontes, Faculty of Arts, Charles University 2013, 250 pages, ISBN 978-80-7308-468-4.

Edited volumes

  • Tumis, S. – Koura, J. – Soukup, J. (eds.), Kapitoly z britských a amerických dějin [Chapters on British and American history] Praha: Fontes, Faculty of Arts, Charles University 2015, 347 pages, ISBN: 978-80-7308-574-2.

Chapters in monographs

  • Koura, J. – Waters, R. A., “They are as businesslike on that side of the Iron Curtain as they are on this”: Czechoslovakia’s relations with British Guiana, in: Muehlenbeck, P. – Telepneva, N. (eds.), Warsaw Pact Intervention in the Third World: Aid and Influence in the Cold War, London: I. B. Tauris 2018, p. 74–94.
  • Koura, J., ¿Colaboración frascada? El Partido Progresista del Pueblo de Guayana y su colaboración noc Checoslovaquia entre 1950 y 1964, in: Opatrný, J. (ed.), Las relaciones entre Europa oriental y América Latina 1945–1989, Praga : Universidad Carolina de Praga, 2015, pp. 127–136. ISBN 978-80-246-3089-2.
  • Koura, J., První konflikt studené války? Spojené státy americké a řecká občanská válka v letech 1946–1949 [First conflict of the Cold War? The United States and Greek Civil War, 1946–1949] , in: Škerlová, J. – Pokorná Korytarová, L. – Haváč, O. – Vitko, M. (eds.), Promýšlet Evropu 20. století. Konflikty beze zbraní [Rethink 20th Century Europe. Unarmed Conflicts], Brno: Matice moravská 2015, pp. 97–112.ISBN 978-80-87709-10-8.
  • Koura, J., Americká strategie zadržování a její počáteční formulace v letech 1946–1950. Od Kennanova partikularizovaného přístupu k univerzalismu NSC-68 [US strategy of containment and its initial formulation in the years 1946–1950. From Kennan’s particular approach to universalism of NSC-68] in: Kovář, M. – Drška, V. (eds.), Kapitoly z obecných dějin. Panu profesorovi s láskou…, [Chapters from general history. To our professor…], Praha: Fontes, Faculty of Arts, Charles University 2014, pp. 281–294. ISBN 978-80-7308-521-6.
  • Koura, J., Alemania despues de la guerra fría: contribución a la historia de Alemania despues de la reunificación, in: Serrano, J. M. (ed.), Juegos de poder: Relaciones Internacionales en la Era Post Guerra Fría, Medellín: Hombre Nuevo Editores 2013, pp. 31–46. ISBN 978-958-8783-19-2.
  • Koura, J., Vliv Trumanovy doktríny na formulaci americké strategie zadržování [Impact of Truman’s Doctrine on formulation of US containment strategy] in: Čechurová, J. – Andrš, P. – Velek, L. a kol. (eds.), Posláním historik: Pocta prof. Robertu Kvačkovi k 80. narozeninám, Praha: NLN 2012, s. 453–464. ISBN: 978-80-7422-172-9.

Studies in peer-reviewed journals

  • Koura, J., Contest between Foreign and Domestic Propaganda. Voice of America Broadcast to Czechoslovakia during late 1940s and 1950s, in: The Twentieth Century, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2016, pp. 189–207.
  • Koura, J., Řecko mezi Východem a Západem: Spojené státy americké a řecká otázka v letech 1945–1947 [Greece between East and West: The United States and Greek Question in the years 1945–1947], in: Slovanský přehled/Slavonic Review, Vol. 100, No. 1, 2014, pp. 71–93.
  • Koura, J., První rozšíření Severoatlantické aliance: Spojené státy americké a jejich role v procesu přijetí Řecka a Turecka do NATO [First enlargement of North Atlantic Alliance: The United States and its role in the process of integration of Greece and Turkey to NATO] in: Dvacáté století/The Twentieth Century, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2013, pp. 30–46.
  • Koura, J., Turkey on the Crossroad: United States Foreign Aid to Turkey in the Years 1947–1948, in: Prague Papers on the History of International Relations, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2013, s. 180–191.
  • Koura, J., The Soviet-Turkish Conflict over the Straits in the Years of 19451946: The Beginning of American Involvement in Eastern Mediterranean, in: Prague Papers on the History of International Relations, Vol. 4, No. 2, 2012, pp. 167–180.
  • Koura, J., The Truman Doctrine: Origin of Ideological Containment, in: The Twentieth Century, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2010, pp. 136–146 [citations: 3]
  • Koura, J., Greek-Turkish Struggle for Cyprus: United States Foreign Policy towards the “Cyprus Question” during the 1960s, in: The Twentieth Century, Vol. 1, No. 2, 2009, pp. 13–40.
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