A view from the class: Filip Tucek, MIA ’15

With the start of a new academic year, the SIPA Admissions Office, in conjunction with the Development Office, is excited to share with you a SIPA student stories series. Starting today, and every two weeks, we’ll feature one of SIPA’s bright and talented students! We are delighted to share with you the goals and aspirations of our students, who plan to enter the global public policy field and make a difference with the education they receive from SIPA. We hope that you will enjoy learning more about our fantastic students!


Filip Tucek - Head shot2Filip Tucek, MIA ’15, is concentrating in international security policy at SIPA. He works as a research assistant at the East Central European Center and is the recipient of the Dasturdaza Dr. Jal Pavry Memorial Award for International Peace and Understanding. Filip is also a Harriman Junior Fellow. In his first year at SIPA, he received The Robert Legvold Fellowship Fund for Graduate Studies. Filip gained extensive practical experience at RAND Corporation, as security policy advisor to a Senator in the Parliament of the Czech Republic and as Security Policy Analyst for the Czech Government. Through his present and future work, Filip wishes to contribute to a safe, confident Europe – a continent, which sustains its historical and cultural uniqueness while influencing global affairs in the modern world. Filip earned his bachelor’s degree with distinction at the University of International and Public Affairs, Czech Republic.

His further education includes Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program at Prague Security Studies Institute, NATO Winter Academy, and Pushkin State Institute in Moscow. Filip participated at Global Security Young Leaders Forum 2013 in Bratislava for 25 of the most perspective leaders in security policy under 35. In December 2013, Filip published his first book The European Union as Security Actor of a New Type. In addition, he has published over 30 articles and essays on international affairs in print and online media in Great Britain, United States, Czech Republic, and Slovakia. Filip is fluent in English, Czech, Russian, has a working knowledge of Spanish and elementary knowledge of French. After coming to SIPA, Filip co-founded Columbia University Central and Eastern European Club of which he is now Vice President.

We look forward to Filip’s second year at SIPA!