National Repository of Grey Literature 91 records found  1 - 10nextend  jump to record: Search took 0.00 seconds. 
The OSS in Vietnam during the Second World War
Do, Phuong Thuy ; Bečka, Jan (advisor) ; Pondělíček, Jiří (referee)
The United States engagement in Vietnam began during the Second World War. With military bases established in China, the U.S. took part in fighting the Japanese troops in the Pacific theatre. When France surrendered to Nazi Germany in 1940, Japan would take over the French Indochina and the war would spread to Vietnam as well. In order to collect intelligence on Japanese targets, the Americans needed to operate secret services on the ground. After the Japanese coup de main in 1945, they would eventually partner with Ho Chi Minh and his organization Viet Minh. The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the wartime predecessor of the CIA, provided intelligence training and equipment, while the Viet Minh would assist with valuable information on Japanese troops. To some extent, the OSS helped Ho Chi Minh and Viet Minh accede to power in Vietnam after the war.
Engagement of Obama's Administration in the Syrian Civil War
Prouza, Tadeáš ; Bečka, Jan (advisor) ; Raška, Francis (referee)
The Master Thesis Engagement of Obama's Administration in the Syrian Civil War is dealing with the role of the United States in the conflict. This work studies the approach of Obama's administration toward the situation in country from the beginning of the revolution until the end of president's second tenure. It analyzes the development of this approach and key events that influenced its shape. The thesis is divided into three parts. The first is dealing with the background of the crisis, historical development of relations between the US and Syria and the broader context of Obama's Middle East policy. The second part analyzes specific period of time between the start of the revolution until 2014. It follows key events that had profound effect on the inner dynamics of the conflict and phenomenon that were shaping the situation in Syria, like the rising influence of the radicals among the opposition. It also analyzes in detail the chemical attack in Ghouta from 2013, which almost led Washington to direct intervention and is regarded as one of the most important events in Obama's foreign policy. The third part is dealing with the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and American-led intervention against this terrorist organization. The thesis was written with the help of different sources such as...
U.S. in Syria: Coalition with Kurds and Split with Turkey
Kotrbáček, Adam ; Bečka, Jan (advisor) ; Horák, Slavomír (referee)
The main aim of the bachelor thesis is to offer a reflection on the U.S.-Kurdish cooperation in Syria with regard to Turkey, U.S. key ally in the region of Middle East. The main focus is on territory in northern Syria since the start of the cooperation in 2014 until January 2018, when the Turkish Olive Branch operation started. In the first part of the work, three aspects of U.S.- Kurdish alliance are dealt with. In each of the three chapters, both U.S. and Turkish views on the given form of U.S.-Kurdish cooperation are presented, with the aim of identifying the dividing lines between the two countries. In the second part, knowledge of the scale of these rifts is used to identify major U.S. setbacks, in its strategy regarding the relations with Turkey. It is then further elaborated how the U.S. stance in the two presented aspects of U.S.-Kurdish alliance, had negative consequences on Turkey mainly, but also, in the final analysis, on the United States itself.
The U.S.-Japan Alliance: Key Building Stone of Obama's Pivot to Asia?
Srpová, Laura ; Sehnálková, Jana (advisor) ; Bečka, Jan (referee)
The thesis deals with the impact of the Obama administration's foreign policy strategy of rebalancing to Asia and its implications for the U.S. - Japan security alliance. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate the success in meeting the goals of rebalancing to Asia, taking into account the implications for the U.S. - Japan security alliance. In my thesis I focus mainly on the evaluation of the strategy and its goals, and analysis of the inner and outer challenges to the alliance. Finally, the thesis also analyzes the key documents of the U.S. - Japan alliance, which are the Guidelines for U.S. - Japan Defense Cooperation and the U.S. National Security Strategy from the year 2015. In the conclusion, I claim that Obama's strategy of rebalancing to Asia was only partially successful, whereas the majority of goals were not met because of the difficult domestic political and economic situation of both allies. Another reason for the partial success of the rebalance strategy were the unfavorable international circumstances, which distracted the United States and forced it to focus its financial and political resources to other regions of the world.
Cooperation on Climate Change as a Pillar of the Relationship Between the United States and China
Jandus, Lukáš ; Hornát, Jan (advisor) ; Bečka, Jan (referee)
Cooperation on climate change in the second term of president Obama showed to have potential for improvement of the relationship between the United States and China. This paper analyses how the climate change cooperation developed and concludes that under right circumstances it has positive influence on the bilateral relationship. In order to make the improvement more lasting, the climate change cooperation should take into account national security considerations, specifically the parties should collaborate and jointly exercise on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.
FONOPs - Freedom of Navigation Operations in the South China Sea as a tool of the US in maintaining freedom of navigation
Vojtuš, Michal ; Hornát, Jan (advisor) ; Bečka, Jan (referee)
This thesis analyses the American policy of sustaining freedom of navigation on the seas through its Freedom of Navigation Program (FON Program). It analyses Freedom of Navigation Operations (FONOPs) as a means of maintain the current system of the law of the sea as put forth by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. (UNCLOS) The thesis deals with law of the sea history, it also describes and analyses the Convention itself. Another topic discussed is the unique position of United States as a power guaranteeing the current regime of the seas, while staying out of the provision of UNCLOS. The thesis analyses the American debate about joining the Convention and analyses the consequences of American absence as a party to the treaty. The FON Program and FONOPs in the South China Sea are thoroughly analysed by the thesis. The South China Sea is a troubled region suffering from excessive maritime claims of local states. These claims are closely connected to the militarization of the region. The People's Republic of China is an important force as a rising power striving for the position of a regional hegemon. The thesis describes, how FONOPs are conducted and it observes, how they are received by the target states. The thesis is set in the South China Sea region between October 2015 and May...
Conflict in the East Timor in context of realpolitics, 1974 - 1977
Hlubučková, Lucie ; Bečka, Jan (advisor) ; Calda, Miloš (referee)
This bachelor's thesis is a case study of use of realpolitik by the United States during the conflict in East Timor. The thesis is based mostly on primary sources, such as declassified US documents between 1974 and 1977. Using them we can examine decision-making processes and priorities of the United States at that time. In the theoretical part the thesis analyses different realpolitik approaches with the special emphasis on morality. The thesis argues that some prominent US officials, especially Henry Kissinger, exercised an amoral realpolitik which was overly profit-driven and had negative impacts not only on the outer world but also on the United States themselves.
Israeli Defense Forces and Their Status in Society
Lišková, Tereza ; Bečka, Jan (advisor) ; Čížek, Martin (referee)
Práce se věnuje vztahu Izraelských obranných sil a izraelské společnosti, jak jsou tyto vztahy ovlivňovány náboženstvím v armádě, etnickými rozdíly společnosti a postupem armády v různých vnějších i vnitřních konfliktech. První kapitola je zaměřena na samotnou armádu, popisuje konflikty, kterých se účastnila. Dále analyzuje aktuální stav armády co se týče demografie, jaký je počet osob v armádě, etnické složení apod. Také se zabývá procesem náboru do povinné vojenské služby. Další část analyzuje vztah armády s židovským náboženstvím. To se do armády dostalo během 70. let a od té doby má určitý vliv na chod armády, což se začalo promítat i do vztahu společnosti k armádě. Kromě náboženství se kapitola také zaměřuje na etnicitu v armádě, jak už na rozdíl mezi Židy a ostatními etniky, tak i na rozdělení samotného židovského obyvatelstva. V poslední kapitole práce analyzuje výsledky průzkumů veřejného mínění mezi lety 2003 až 2012, kde sleduje především procento důvěryhodnosti armády a další aspekty týkající se vztahu společnosti k Izraelským obranným silám. Vliv náboženství, etnicity i konfliktů je vyhodnocen jako klíčový pro utváření přístupu společnosti k armádě. U konfliktů záleží na míře zapojení a provedení operací, náboženství vztah formuje svým zapojením či spíše nezapojením nábožensky založených jedinců...
Influence of energy policy on US-Saudi relations during Barack Obama's presidency 2009 - 2017: Possible end of exceptional partnership
Buriánek, Petr ; Bečka, Jan (advisor) ; El-Ahmadieh, Jakub (referee)
This bachelor thesis aims at describing impact of energy policy of Barack Obama during his two terms as american president on US-Saudi relations. Concretely reactions from Saudi Arabia on these policy decisions with chronologic analysis and emphasis on movement of world oil prices. Core of these thesis could be divided into three parts. First on eis fall of oil prices which took place against the backdrop of the Global Financial Crisis. Second is period of stable oil prices between 2009-2014 with huge tight oil development. Last one is fall of oil prices after June 2014. Each of these periods had its own impact on US-Saudi relations. This analysis shows change in Saudi traditional role as swing producer between 2008 and 2014. Main reasons were behaviour of producents like Ira nor Russia in 2008 downcycle and mentioned development of tight oil production in US, which both were perceived as a threat by Saudi Arabia. Analysis also shows that although president Obama to some extend managed to achieve american energy independence on imported oil it does not solve american energy security issue. Main security threat stays american incapability of controling world oil prices.

National Repository of Grey Literature : 91 records found   1 - 10nextend  jump to record:
See also: similar author names
5 Bečka, Jiří
Interested in being notified about new results for this query?
Subscribe to the RSS feed.