Frank Cibulka

Chair & Associate Professor
International Studies Department, Zayed University

DR. FRANK CIBULKA Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates PERSONAL INFORMATION: Born: 13 July 1953 in Prague, Czechoslovakia Emigrated to the United States in 1968-69 after the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia Citizenship: United States & Czech Republic (EU) Family Status: Married; one daughter UAE Address: Zayed University P.O. Box 144534 Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates Telephone: (971) 2 5574514 (residence) (971) 50 4437151 (mobile) E-mail: frankcibulka@gmail.com frank.cibulka@zu.ac.ae EDUCATION: Doctor of Philosophy (1983) The Pennsylvania State University Trained as Soviet and East European Specialist Master of Arts in Political Science (1976) The Pennsylvania State University Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Russian Language and Literature (1974) The Pennsylvania State University ACADEMIC HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP: Phi Beta Kappa Phi Kappa Phi FOREIGN LANGUAGES: Russian, German, Czech, Slovak ACADEMIC CAREER: Employment History: 2017 – Zayed University (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, University College 2004 – 2016 Zayed University (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) Associate Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences 2016 – 2018 : Geneva Graduate School of Governance (GGSG), Extramural Faculty 2017 – 2018: Geneva Graduate School of Governance (GGSG), Vice-President (Academic Affairs) 2018- : Geneva Institute for Training & Research (GITR), Academic Director and Member of the Board 1983 – 2001 National University of Singapore Lecturer & Senior Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Concurrently attached in teaching and administrative capacity to the European Studies Program (1991 – 1998) 1980 – 1983 The Pennsylvania State University Instructor, Department of Political Science, Academic Affiliations: December 2019 - January 2020: Visiting Foreign Scholar, Institute of Asian Studies, China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing, People’s Republic of China 2002 - 2004: Senior Associate Member, St. Antony’s College, Oxford University Administrative Posts: Acting Coordinator, the European Studies Program, NUS (1993 – 1994) Zayed University Service: Coordinator, Global Studies II, 2004-2007 2008-2011; teaching in the Zayed University Diplomatic Preparation Program (DPP) Member, University Research Standing Committee, Zayed University, 2005-2007 Member, University Self-Study (Accreditation) Team, Zayed University, 2006-2008 Member, the Editorial Committee of the Zayed University Press, 2009- 2015 Member, University Graduate Programs Standing Committee, 2009- 2013 Chair, University Graduate Programs Standing Committee, 2011- 2013 Chair, College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Affairs Committee, 2010- 2012 Chair, Recruitment Committee for Position in Public Administration, 2011 Member, University Curriculum Review Committee, 2015- 2016 Member, College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities Curriculum Review Committee, 2015-2016 Main Teaching Subjects: Global Studies Humanities: Imperial Encounters Introduction to Political Science Introduction to International Relations History of Diplomacy International Organizations Introduction to Comparative Politics European History in the 20th Century Urbanization Political Leadership Government and Politics of the United States Foreign Policy of the United States United States Presidential Elections Politics of Western Europe European Societies and Politics European Integration Government and Politics of the Soviet Union/Russia Foreign Policy of the Soviet Union/Russia Government and Politics of Eastern Europe Comparative Communist Systems Post-Communist Transition Comparative Political Systems: East Asia Global Issues Human Geography Quest for Happiness Methods of Scientific Research and Development Diplomatic Service: The Honorary Consul of Czechoslovakia in Singapore (1992) The Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic in Singapore (1993 – 1996) Professional Activities: Confidential negotiator between the Philippine Administration of President Corazon Aquino and the exiled President Ferdinand Marcos & Imelda Marcos in June 1989 Participant in the Europe-Asia Forum on University Relations in 1997-98 Invited observer to Forum 2000 Conference in 1996, 2000 and 2015 Frequent radio and television appearances with and consulting for the Singapore Broadcasting Corporation, CNBC Asia and BBC during the 1980s and 1990s Co-Liaison in the United Arab Emirates of the St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, 2012- Faculty, the Diplomatic Training Program, Zayed University, 2010 Faculty, Zayed University Masters in Diplomacy and International Affairs, (MADIA), 2016- Membership in Professional Organizations: Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES); formerly the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA) Philippines Studies Group (PSG) of the Association for Asian Studies Czechoslovak Studies Association Slovak Studies Association Grants: Zayed University Research Incentive Fund (RIF), 2005 Zayed University Provost’s Research Fellowship Award, 2013-2014 MAIN RESEARCH INTERESTS: Post-Communist Transition in East Central Europe and Russia Religion and Politics in East Central Europe China and Southeast Asia Relations The Domestic Politics and Foreign Policy of the Philippines The Filipino Labor Migration in the UAE and the Gulf Region RECENT PUBLIC LECTURES AND CONFERENCE PARTICIPATION: A lecture delivered on “Emerging International Order in the Changing World of the 2020s”, as part of the workshop on “The World Order and Disorder in the 2020s” on 26 December 2019, at the China Foreign Affairs University (CFAU), Beijing, People’s Republic of China. A paper presented on “The Filipino Labor Diaspora in the United Arab Emirates: Examining an ‘Island Community’ in the Gulf “, at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), 15-18 November 2018, San Antonio, Texas, USA. A lecture delivered on “The Filipino Labor Diaspora in the United Arab Emirates: Examining an ‘Island Community’ in the Gulf”, as a ‘UC Seminar’ to the University College, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 27 September 2018. A paper presented on “Religion and National Identity in Czechoslovakia and its Successor States: The Case of the Orthodox Church”, at the MAG ( International Association for the Humanities) Summer Convention, 27-29 June 2018, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine. A paper presented on “ The Orthodox Church in the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Ambivalence and Ambiguity of its Historical Role”, at the Third Annual Tartu Conference on Russian and East European Studies, 10-12 June 2018, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia. A paper presented on ”The European Migrant Crisis and the Visegrad Group”, at the 49th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 9-12 November 2017, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A lecture delivered on “The United Arab Emirates: Arabian Miracle” to the Middle East Forum Communications, 5 November 2017 in Dubai, UAE. The event was chaired by Dr. Daniel Pipes. A paper presented on “China and the Philippines: Conflict and Cooperation in the Xi Jinping Era’, at the 2017 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 16-19 March 2017, Toronto, Canada. A paper presented on “In the Shadow of the New Hegemon? The European Migrant Crisis & the Visegrad Group”, at the ‘Post-Communism 25+: Reflections on Social, Economic & Political Transition’ conference, organized by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek, 5-8 October 2016, Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan. A paper presented on “The Memory and Fact: Voices from Within Perestroika” at the 47th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 19-22 November 2015, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA A paper presented on “The Czech Republic and Slovakia in the European Union: The First Decade” at the IX th World Congress of the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES), 3-8 August 2015, Makuhari, Chiba City, Japan A paper presented on “The Philippine Refugees and Political Exiles” at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS)-in-Asia Conference, 22-24 June 2015, at Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan A lecture delivered on “From Abu Dhabi to the Top of the World: The North Pole and Ice Camp Barneo” to the The Emirates Natural History Group (Al Ain), 9 December 2014 in Al Ai, UAE. A paper presented on “The Post-Communist Transition and Leadership Oral History” at the Joint Regional Conference of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) and the Central Eurasian Studies Society (CESS), 22-24 May 2014, Astana, Kazakhstan. A paper presented on “Faith and Secularization in East Central Europe” at the 45th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 21-24 November 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A paper presented on” Blood on the Pearl of the Orient Sea: Enquiry into the Causes of violence in the Philippines” at the Seventeenth Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), 29-30 June 2013, Tokyo, Japan. A paper presented on “The European Union and the Roma Question in the Czech Republic and Slovakia” at The 44th Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 15-18 November 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. A paper presented on “The Filipino Labor Migration in the Gulf Region: A Case-Study of the United Arab Emirates (UAE)” at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 15-18 March 2012, Toronto, Canada. A paper presented on “Religion, State and Society in the Visegrad Countries: A Comparative Perspective” at the 43rd Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 17-20 November 2011, Washington, DC, USA. A paper presented on “Voice behind the Killing Fields: Interviewing Nuon Chea”, at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) (a special Joint Meeting with the International Convention of Asia Scholars), 31 March –3 April 2011, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA A paper presented on “War, Ethnic Conflict and Cooperation in Eastern Europe: The Sibling Nations Factor”, at the 42nd Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 18-21 November 2010, Los Angeles, California, USA. A paper presented on ‘Post-Communist Transition and Globalization: A Comparative Case-Study of the Czech Republic and Slovakia” at the VIII World Congress of Slavic Studies organized by the International Council for Central and East European Studies (ICCEES) 26-31 July 2010, Stockholm, Sweden. A paper presented on “The Politics of Perpetual Crisis: Assessing the Presidency of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo” at the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA), at the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 5-8 July 2010 A paper presented on “The Filipino Nationalism and the Special Relationship with the United States” at the Fourteenth Asian Studies Conference Japan (ASCJ), at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, 19-10 June, 2010. A paper presented on “Nationalism, Communism and Collaborationism: A Case-study of the 1968 Soviet-led Invasion of Czechoslovakia” at the 41st National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), 12-15 November 2009, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. A paper presented on “Religion, State and Society in Slovakia” at the 40th National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), 20-23 November, 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. A paper presented on “Value Divergence in Post-Communist Societies: A Case Study of the Czech Republic and Slovakia” at the 39th National Convention of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS), 15-18 November 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. A member of a panel chaired by Rodolfo Severino at a conference “Whither the Philippines in the 21st Century”, held 13-14 July 2006 in Singapore under the auspices of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) “The United States, the Philippines and the War on Terror”, delivered on 2 February 2005 at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore. “The Post-Communist Transition and Oral History” delivered on 30 March 2004 jointly at the Rohatyn Center for International Affairs and for the East European Studies Program at Middlebury College, Vermont. “American Security Policy and Counter-Terrorism Operations in the Philippines”, a research seminar presented on 16 March 2004 at the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom. “The Philippines and the War on Terror”, a seminar presented on 7 November 2003 at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) in Stockholm. “The Use of Oral History in the Study of Postcommunist Transition”, delivered on 4 November 2003 at The East European Studies Institute, Uppsala University. “Transition in East Central Europe, 1989 – 2004: Interviewing Political Leaders”, Delivered on 3 November 2003 at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs (Stockholm). “The War on Terror and the Philippine’s Security and Foreign Policy”, delivered on 11 February 2003 at the Asian Studies Centre, Oxford University. “Western Perceptions of the Extreme Political Right in East Central Europe”, delivered on 10 February 2003 at the Russian and East European Centre, Oxford University. A paper presented on “Nationalism and Globalization in the Russian Federation at the Millennium”, at the ‘Workshop on Nationalism and Globalization: East and West’, organized by the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore, held 9-10 April 1999 in Singapore. A paper delivered on “Changes in the Soviet Policy towards the Third World”, at the ‘ Changes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: Implications for the Asia-Pacific’ conference, organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), held 13-16 November 1990 in Singapore. A paper presented on “Gorbachev’s New Thinking and the Philippines: Making of a New Regional Conflict?”, at the ‘Soviet Strategies and Proxies in the Third World Conflicts: In Search of Coordinated Responses conference’, co-organized by the Institute for Soviet and East European Studies (ISEES) of the University of Miami and the Information and Resource Center (IRC), Singapore, held 4-7 August 1988 in Singapore. A paper presented on “ USSR-Philippine Relations”, at the ‘Workshop on Philippine Communism’, co-organized by the Information and Resource Center (IRC) ( Singapore), Strategic Institute for Southeast Asia (Tokyo, Japan), Institute of Asian Studies, Chulalongkorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), and Naval War College Foundation, Inc. (Rhode Island, USA), held 2-8 July 1988 in Singapore. A paper presented on “Gorbachev’s New Thinking and Priority Areas in Soviet Foreign Policy”, at ‘The Soviet Union in the Asia-Pacific Region’ conference, organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA), held 25-28 May 1987 in Singapore. A paper presented on “The Soviet Perspective on the Security of the Sea Lanes in the Asia-Pacific Region” at the ‘Security of the Sea Lanes in the Asia-Pacific Region’ conference, co-organized by the Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) and the Centre for Advanced Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences of the National University of Singapore (NUS), held 2-3 May 1985 in Singapore. A paper presented on “Western Writers Views of Mao Zedong Revisited”, at the Annual Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS), 2-4 April, 1982, Chicago, Illinois, USA. MAIN PUBLICATIONS: Books: Alvin Cheng-Hin Lim and Frank Cibulka eds., China and Southeast Asia in Xi Jinping Era. (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2018) Valenta, Jiri and Cibulka, Frank, eds., Gorbachev’s New Thinking and Third World Conflicts. (New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 1990). Book Chapters: ‘Religion and Transitional Justice in the Czech Republic’ in Church, Memory and Justice in Post-Communism, eds. Lucian Turcescu and Lavinia Stan (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2019) ‘The Orthodox Church of the Czech Lands and Slovakia: Survival of a Minority Faith in a Secular Society’, in Orthodox Churches and Politics in Southeastern Europe: Nationalism, Conservatism, and Intolerance, ed. Sabrina P. Ramet (New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) ‘In Search of the Relevant Past; China and Southeast Asia Forty Years Ago’, in China and Southeast Asia in Xi Jinping Era, eds. Alvin Cheng-Hin and Frank Cibulka (Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books, 2019) An essay under ‘Beyond Westphalia’ section in Big Questions of Our Time. The World Speaks, eds. Sundeep Waslekar and Ilmas Futehally (Mumbai: Strategic Foresight Group, 2016) ‘Czech Republic’, in Happy Ever After? Life in Post-communist Europe after EU Membership, eds. Donnacha O Beachain, Vera Sheridan, and Sabina Stan. (Routledge, 2012) A chapter in the form of a written interview, in 1989-2009. Incredibila Aventura a Democratiei Dupa Comunism (The Incredible Adventure of Democracy after Communism), eds. Lavinia Stan and Lucian Turcescu (Iasi: Romania, Editura Institutul European, 2010) ‘The Philippines in the Eye of the Political Storm’ in Southeast Asian Affairs 2007, Daljit Singh and Lorraine Carlos Salazar, eds., (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2007) ‘Nationalism and Globalisation in the Russian Federation at the Millennium’ in Nationalism and Globalization: East and West, ed. Leo Suryadinata, (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2000). ‘The Radical Right in Slovakia’, in The Radical Right in Central and Eastern Europe since 1989, ed. Sabrina P. Ramet (University Park: The Pennsylvania University Press, 1999). ‘Changes in Soviet Policy Toward the Third World’ in Changes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe: Implications for the Asia-Pacific, eds. Lau Teik Soon and Bilveer Singh (Singapore: Singapore Institute of International Affairs, 1992). ‘Gorbachev’s New Thinking and the Philippines in the 1980s’ in Gorbachev’s New Thinking and Regional Conflicts in the Third World, eds. Jiri Valenta and Frank Cibulka (New Jersey: Transaction Publishers, 1990). ‘Gorbachev’s New Thinking and Priority Areas in Soviet Foreign Policy’ in The Soviet Union in the Asia-Pacific Region, eds. Lau Teik Soon and Bilveer Singh (Singapore: Heinemann Asia, 1989). ‘Coalition Strategy of the Indonesian Communist Party’ in Coalition Strategies and Tactics of the Marxist Parties, ed. Trond Gilberg (North Carolina: Duke University Press, 1988). ‘Soviet Perspectives on the Security of the Sea Lanes in the Asia-Pacific Region’ in The Security of the Sea-Lanes in the Asia-Pacific Region, eds. Lau Teik Soon and Lee Lai to (Singapore: Heinemann Asia, 1988). Refereed Journal Articles and Reviews: ‘The Philippine Foreign Policy of the Ramos Administration: The Quest for Security of a Weak State’ in Asian Journal of Political Science, Issue 1, and Vol.7 (June 1999): pp. 108-134 (Singapore). ‘China and the World in the 1970s’, a review article in Polity. The Journal of the Northeastern Political Science Association, Vol. XIV, no.1 (Fall 1981), pp. 142-152 (Amherst, Massachusetts, USA) Non-Refereed Journal Publications: ‘Changes in Soviet Union and Eastern Europe’, written interview in Petir, publication of the People’s Action Party, (issue July 1990), pp. 25-31, Singapore. ‘Soviet Union’s Successors: The Rise of Boris Yeltsin and the Commonwealth of Independent States’, in Petir, publication of the People’s Action Party (issue March 1992), pp.44-49, Singapore. WORK IN PROGRESS: Books: Liberals, Conservatives and Mavericks in the Christian Churches of Eastern Europe and Russia since 1980. A Festschrift for Sabrina P. Ramet, Frank Cibulka and Zachary Irwin, eds., (Central European University Press, forthcoming, 2020) Long-Term Book Projects: The Filipino Labor Migration in the Gulf: Case Study of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) A monograph to be completed in 2020; to be published by Hong Kong University Press The Leadership Oral History of the End of Cold War and of the Post-Communist Transition: 1985 -2004. A multi-volume study. The first volume on the Communism and transition in the Czech Republic and Slovakia is to be completed in 2021. Some 130 original interviews conducted with world leaders, including key Soviet/Russian/CIS and Western figures such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Eduard Shevardnadze, Alexander Yakovlev, Egor Ligachev, Viktor Chernomyrdin, Leonid Kravchuk, Vaclav Havel, Vaclav Klaus, Milos Zeman, Lech Walesa, Wojciech Jaruzelski, Czeslaw Milosz, Helmut Schmidt, Otto von Habsburg, Roland Dumas, Lord Carrington, Jeffrey Howe, Douglas Hurd, George Shultz, James Baker, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Corazon Aquino, Mahathir Mohamad, the Dalai Lama, Wei Jingsheng, and Nuon Chea. The oral history archive will eventually be donated to St. Antony’s College of Oxford University. Filipino Nationalism and the Special Relationship with the United States: Interpreting a Dynamic Tension in the Philippine Society and Foreign Policy An interpretive history of the Philippine foreign policy and of the domestic and foreign policy linkages To be completed in 2021 HOBBIES AND INTERESTS: Reading literature and history, travel, running, mountain climbing, wilderness trekking, and scuba diving.