Term papers

I publish here some of my term papers written during my univeristy studies. I do so for two reasons. First, to provide IR students with intelectual material that could help them with writing their own papers in terms of papers' structure, methods and theoretical frameworks used. Second, I believe that these examples can serve as a good proxy for assessing my capability of analytical thinking as well as providing a more complex picture of my educational training.

Although none of the papers published here received worse grade than A-, please use common sense and be critical before using or citing them. Please be advised that all of them are pdf. files secured against copy/paste 'scholars'. I do not encourage their misuse, plagiarism or other type of academic dishonesty behavior. Although, it is not necessary to contact me if you want to cite my work, please do not forget to use the necessary reference. Any comments are welcome.

Since I was a student of International Relations and Economy and my current research interest lies within this field, most of the papers deal with this subject. Some of them, however, do fall under the category of political economy or political science. Organization of the papers in this section is pretty straightforward. First, the course for which the paper was written is indicated. Second, a donwnladable version of the paper follows. As you can notice not all the courses listed below offer an option to download a paper. This is due to the fact that many courses I was enrolled in were concluded by closed-book exams that required eihter passing rigorous tests or writing on-the-spot essays rather than submiting final papers.

Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, 2007-2008

THE POLITICS AND ECONOMICS OF INTERNATIONAL ENERGY - Giacomo Luciani
Midterm
Final

WEST EUROPEAN POLITICAL ECONOMIES - Erik Jones
Awakening the Bolkestein’s Monster: Explaining the French and British Response to the EU Services Directive

COMPARATIVE FOREIGN POLICY - Erik Jones
Two-Level Games and Base Politics: Understanding the Formulation of Czech and Polish Foreign Policy Responses to U.S. Military Base Deployment Proposals

REGULATION POLICIES AND INDUSTRIAL MANAGEMENT - Flavio Delbono

MACROECONOMICS - Massimiliano Marzo

INTERNATIONAL MONETARY THEORY - Gianluigi Pelloni

PUBLIC SECTOR ECONOMICS - Stefano Zamagni

TOPICS IN ECONOMIC POLICY - Herbert Grubel

SOFT POWER: AMERICA AND THE POLITICS OF EUROPEAN MODERNIZATION - David Ellwood

AMERICA AND THE WORLD SINCE 1945 - John L. Harper

Central European University (IRES), 2005-2007

HISTORY AND THEORY OF WORLD ECONOMY - Julius Horvath
Child Labour in Economic Perspective

THE COMMON FOREIGN AND SECURITY POLICY OF THE EU - Flemming Splidsboel-Hansen
The Impact of the CFSP on the EU Member States' National Foreign Policies
The Influence of Public Opinion on EU Foreign Policy (Case Study: Turkey's Road to EU)

TRANSNATIONAL CORPORATIONS AND NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS - Bela Greskovits
Local Governments and Foreign Direct Investment

AMERICAN DEMOCRACY PROMOTION - Valerie Bunce
The European Union vs the United States: Democracy-Promotion Strategies Compared

EU DIPLOMACY: FROM THEORY TO ACTOR - Thomas Glaser
EU Foreign Policy: the Biggest Success and Failure

ILLICIT TRADE AND SECURITY - Aida Hozic
Political Parties as Agents of Illicit Economic Activities

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF THE EU - Laszlo Csaba
Book Review: Building a Dynamic Europe - The Key Policy Debates

THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF SECTORS AND CLASSES - Bela Greskovits
coming soon

MA THESIS - Bela Greskovits
The Role of Investment Promotion Agencies at Attracting Foreign Direct Investment and Their Impact on Economic Development in Central Europe (The Czech Republic and Slovakia in Comparative Perspective)

Georgetown University, 2005

ECONOMICS & PUBLIC POLICY PROBLEMS - Thomas C. Rustici

THEORIES OF CONSTITUTIONAL INTERPRETATION - Roger Pilon

PUBLIC AFFAIRS INTERNSHIP SEMINAR - Steven F. Hayward

Publications and recent research activities

Even though I do not plan to get 'stuck' in academia for the rest of my life I strongly believe in the role of continuing education that has a potential to produce better decision-makers. This is the main reason why I continue being involved in research projects of various kinds. My research interests fall broadly in three distinctive fields - politics and economics of foreign direct investment; energy policy and lobbying; and foreign policy analysis. What follows are two contributions to edited volumes and a current research project I am involved in.

Trnik, M.: Accession of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to the Schengen Agreement and its Impact on Security of the Baltic Region. In: Lupták, L.(ed): Panorama of Global Security Environment 2005-2006. Bratislava: Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic, 2006, pp. 237-243.

Trnik, M.: The Concept of Democracy Promotion in EU and U.S. Foreign and Security Policies. In: Lupták, L.(ed): Panorama of Global Security Environment 2006-2007. Bratislava: Ministry of Defense of the Slovak Republic, 2007, pp. 53-62.

Trnik, M.: Attracting Service Sector FDI: The Case of the Czech Republic. Research Report from an Initial Part of the Project “What Kind of Competitiveness for the Visegrad Four?”. February 2008. Economy and Society Trust, Brno.

Trnik, M.: Two-Level Games and Base Politics: Understanding the Formulation of Czech and Polish Foreign Policy Responses to U.S. Military Base Deployment Proposals. Prague: Association for International Affairs, 2008.