People in CI

Dr. Roman Joch – Director

Dr. Joch is the Executive Director of the Civic Institute in Prague. Born in present day Slovakia, Dr. Joch moved to Prague to study medicine. After obtaining his MD degree from Charles University, he worked as a Foreign Affairs Secretary of the Civic Democratic party (1994-1996).

After co-operating with the Civic Institute from its founding, he joined full-time as an analyst and writer in 1996. He soon became a well known commentator and lecturer on political philosophy, international relations, with an emphasis on US Domestic and Foreign Policies. He became Executive Director of the Institute in 2003.

Dr. Joch is frequently heard on radio and seen on TV; his articles on current issues appear in printed media almost on daily basis.

In addition, he is the author of several monographs and expert studies including: American Foreign Policies and the Role of the US in the World (Studies OI, Prague 2000), Why Iraq? Reasons and Consequences of the Conflict (Prague 2003), and (together with Frank S. Meyer) Rebellion against the Revolution of the 20th Century (Prague 2003).


Matyas Zrno – Program Director

Matyas Zrno holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague. In addition to his studies in Prague, Mr. Zrno has studied in Berlin and in the United States, at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Already during his studies Mr. Zrno published regular commentaries and articles in both Czech and international media. He particularly specialises in the current political situation in the Balkans. Before joining the Civic Institute, he worked as a Foreign Desk Editor at the Czech weekly Respekt and in Czech television.


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