Slavomír Horák is Research Fellow at the Department of Russian and East European Studies of the Institute of International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague. His research covers political, social and economic issues in the former USSR, with a focus on Central Asia, particularly on Turkmenistan's domestic issues, especially informal politics and issues of state- and nation-building. His publications include (among others) "Turkmenistan under Berdimuhammedow. Dismantling Totalitarianism?" (co-authored with Jan Šír, Johns Hopkins University, 2009) as well as numerous articles in Czech, Russian and English scholarly journals. He provides expert consultations for the Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bertelsmann Transformation Index and others.