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He has spent the past 30 years focusing on international and domestic political change after the collapse of communism and, more recently, during the backsliding of democracy in the face of populism and nationalism across the globe. The rise of “illiberal politics” and demagogic political leaders who seek to subvert the truth as a means of achieving and holding onto power has led to him to focus increasingly on information warfare as an element of contemporary politics.
Recent projects include working as an analyst for NATO focusing on counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, strategic communication and combatting hybrid warfare & disinformation. His knowledge of politics and media issues led him to Afghanistan for nearly two years, during which he worked as an independent political advisor, and later as a diplomat for the US State Department focusing on strategic communications, political reporting and support for developing Afghan government institutions. He has also worked as an advisor to the European Commission for programs aimed at strengthening human rights and democracy in developing countries.
In the Czech Republic, he has been an adjunct professor at CERGE-EI and a senior lecturer at the Anglo-American University. He has also served as a political commentator for the Czech print and broadcast media, and produced the successful documentary film “The Power of the Powerless,” which was shown multiple times on Czech TV to mark the anniversary of the Velvet Revolution of 17 November 1989, as well as on broadcast networks in other global media markets.
He was educated in political science and international affairs at University of California, Berkeley (B.A.), Columbia University (M.I.A.) and Stanford University (M.A., Ph.D.). He is currently developing a political drama for television with a US-based production partner.