Jiří Vykoukal graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University with a degree in history. After graduation he became a research fellow at the Institute of Central and East European History of the Czechoslovak Academy of Science and later a research fellow at the Institute of History of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Department of Modern History. In 1991/1992 he lectured as a visiting professor at Lawrence University (USA).He is now a director of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He has been a member of several scientific institutions (Eurasian Political Studies Network, Scientific Board – Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Czech-Polish Historians Commission) and is on the editorial boards of prestigious scientific journals. His main areas of interest are the Central European countries (especially Poland, Hungary and Slovakia) and their relations with Russia and the Post-Soviet countries.