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Analysing Foreign Policy Change through Political Discourse. The Case of the Attitude of France towards the Reform of the United Nations Security Council
Kabáčová, Michaela ; Weiss, Tomáš (advisor) ; Tomalová, Eliška (referee)
The reform of the United Nations Security Council belongs among the most discussed topics in the field of international relations. The criticism calling for adjustments to the Council's structure arose with the transformation of the international scene during the years of the Cold War. The process of decolonisation and the subsequent growth of the UN membership along with the decline of Great Britain and France fuelled the international pressure calling for the UNSC to reflect this new situation in its composition. However, in spite of the great number of proposals, since 1963 there has not been any major change. France, a permanent member of the Security Council, continued maintaining its negative attitude towards the reform until the end of the Cold War. Nevertheless, shortly after the end of the Cold War, the position of France changed. This change was articulated through the speech of Alain Juppé at the plenary meeting of the General Assembly in 1993, where France openly supported the UNSC reform. It can therefore be said that in 1993 there was a great change in French foreign policy. This thesis analyses how this change is projected in political discourse. Its aim is examining the nature of argumentation in the abovementioned discourse along with the way it corresponds to the...
Use of water table level in wells to estimate groundwater recharge: delineation of dry periods in various areas of Czech Republic
Šabatová, Kateřina ; Bruthans, Jiří (advisor) ; Weiss, Tomáš (referee)
This thesis addresses determination of groundwater recharge based on analysis of groundwater levels recorded in wells in time. This technique, called water table fluctuation method, is widely used abroad, but it was never implemented in the Czech Republic. It is designed for use in unconfined aquifers. By multiplying height of groundwater level rise by specific yield of the aquifer, thickness of layer of recharged groundwater can be quantified. This method can be used either for individual rainfall events, or for entire time series of groundwater level records. Its main advantage is the availability of groundwater level records. The main limitation of this method is the need of precise estimate of specific yield, which is often difficult to measure. Other sources of uncertainty include groundwater level fluctuations caused by non-recharge influences, and conditions variable in time. The practical part of this thesis gives an example of use of water table fluctuation method, using data from two wells in quaternary fluvial deposits of Elbe. I determined minimal and maximal cumulative height of groundwater level rise for the period of groundwater level recording. For well VP0673, groundwater level rise is 5,1 to 17,7 m for 52 years. For well VP1851, it is 15,6 to 38,6 m for 26 years. The limitation of...
Hydrogeology of the Prague Castle area
Harmáček, Jakub ; Weiss, Tomáš (advisor) ; Hrkal, Zbyněk (referee)
The thesis deals with the hydrogeology of the Prague Castle area and focuses on its III. courtyard, where there is an important archeological site hidden under the concrete slab of the courtyard itself. Due to the present groundwater and its influence on the microclimate under this slab, archaeological monuments are endangered and it is necessary to choose the right conservation or restoration interventions. Despite the importance of the influence of water on monuments, the exploration of the area from the point of view of hydrogeology is small and most of the data come only from construction reports, which deal with hydrogeology only marginally. The aim of my work is, in addition to a comprehensive search to extend field measurements, to expand this knowledge and better describe local hydrogeological conditions. In the theoretical part I focus on completing the existing knowledge about hydrogeology and the way humans impact this hydrogeology. The research is followed by a practical part, where with the help of hydrodynamic test and hydrochemical analysis I classify the origin of water and the way it flows in the soil. The literature and measurements show that the water is located in the area in two aquifers: a shallow Quaternary aquifer in the backfills and water flowing in the Ordovician layers....
Desecuritisation and Strategic Narratives: China's 16/17+1 Initiative in the Central and Eastern European Countries
Zhai, Dongyu ; Hornát, Jan (advisor) ; Weiss, Tomáš (referee) ; Snetkov, Aglaya (referee)
This dissertation uses Critical Discourse Analysis to examine China's strategic use of desecuritised language in its 16/17+1 foreign policy targeting the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region. Through the lens of securitisation theory and strategic narratives, the analysis suggests that China's foreign policy narrative targeting the CEE countries is strategic in nature and is a representation of China's ambition to form a new global order. As such, the desecuritisation strategies are used instrumentally to alleviate 'China threat' perception, increase the attractiveness of China in the region, and to further achieve its economic and geopolitical goals. Among political elites in the Visegrád 4 countries, namely Czechia, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia, the level of reception of China's strategic narratives varies. The pro-China attitude at the governmental level is mainly motivated by economic incentives promised in the Chinese narrative as well as the governments' own political agendas. In a parallel process, converse anti-China sentiments and re-securitisation of China in the countries are largely connected to the primacy of the trans-Atlantic relationship with the US as well as the importance attached to European values. Keywords Chinese foreign policy, Central and Eastern European Countries,...
Water retention: water balance of a model area
Kalianková, Kateřina ; Weiss, Tomáš (advisor) ; Vlček, Lukáš (referee)
Water retention in the landscape is a relatively broad topic and the are a number of measures that can be applied to achieve increased water retention. This thesis focuses on water reservoirs and nature- friendly measures in the form of revitalized watercourses. The aim of this work is based on a simplified calculation of the water balance in a model area to determine which of the retention measures is more appropriate for a given situation and conditions. The water balance is based mainly on the calculation of evapotranspiration using the FAO Penman-Monteith equation. The first part of the work contains a review of water balance and factors that affect it. The work also deals with selected retention measures and their functions during drought and flood events. The second part contains the calculation of evapotranspiration, determination of water balance, and its evaluation. From the view of the evaporation values, the presented calculations show the deep water reservoirs to be the most advantageous, in which evaporation in the model area is the lowest from all presented situations. The work also points out the importance of evapotranspiration as an element of water balance and recommends determining it for the initial approximation of the local situation during the planning of retention measures....
Climate Policy Integration in the EU's Trade Agreements
Sochor, Jan ; Weiss, Tomáš (advisor) ; Černovská, Eliška (referee)
This master's thesis deals with climate policy integration in two European union's trade agreements, EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA). Ambitions of EU's climate policy have grown in recent years. Therefore the EU needs to cooperate with other world countries to tackle the climate change now even more than ever before. One of the solutions for such a binding cooperation to fight climate change could be implemented through the EU trade policy. This master's thesis is therefore interested in climate policy integration concerning the policy coherence during the process of making trade agreements and also in climate policy aspects of the final form of the agreements. In the theoretical part, this thesis describes the academic debates of policy coherence, climate policy actors in the institutional framework of the EU and also the history of EU's climate policy. Research operationalises the academic concept of climate policy integration (CPI) and carries it out through analysisand comparison of official EU's institutional documents. In the final part, this master's thesis draws its conclusions mainly from comparison of EPA and CETA.
Limits of europeanization: Case study of Georgian electoral reforms
Jeziorská, Kristýna ; Weiss, Tomáš (advisor) ; Kasáková, Zuzana (referee)
The diploma thesis is based on the phenomenon of Europeanization and its limits in third countries (with a focus on the European neighbourhood countries). It focuses on the influence of the European Union on the adopted electoral reforms in Georgia. It is processed in the form of diachronic comparison. Thanks to it, it will be possible to achieve an understanding of the dynamics of the changes and their development. According to the analysis of the current research of the limits of Europeanization in third countries, the main factors behind these limits have been identified. These were applied to the two pre-selected electoral reforms. It was monitored whether these factors were valid for the given reform, whether they were also valid for the second selected electoral reform over time, or whether these factors contribute to the overall failure of Europeanization in Georgia.

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