Jan Havránek, as the Deputy Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic, is responsible for defence policy and strategy. Prior to his appointment, he was the Policy Adviser at the Policy Planning Unit of the Office of the NATO Secretary-General in Brussels. He previously served as the Head of Defense Section at the Czech Republic’s Permanent Representation to NATO in Brussels (2014-2017); Assistant First Deputy Minister of Defense (2013-2014); and foreign policy advisor to Minister of Defence (2010-2012). In 2013, he was named to the Diplomatic Courier’s annual list of the “Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders.” His other engagements have included cooperation with GLOBSEC’s Defence Austerity V4 projects (2011-2013), fellowship at Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA, 2013-2014); and work for the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI, 2003-2006) and the Association for International Affairs in Prague (AMO, 2002-2007). Jan holds a master’s degree in international security studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University (2009).
How to find a comprehensive coherence between NATO and European defence initiatives like PESCO? Is the EU’s Strategic Compass concretising the essential role of European defence cooperation as a collective security provider? What are the risks and opportunities of the common defence and security strategy for European allies in the 2030 horizon?
How to improve the defence procurement policies of CEE countries in order to establish themselves as a competitive player in the European market? What role and responsibility do larger EU Member States have in helping build a pan-European defence industry to reduce material dependency on the United States? How can organizations like the European Defence Agency better spur more technological innovation?