Ivan Gabal is a sociologist and a security expert. From 2013 to 2017 he was a Member of the Parliament of the Czech Republic, as an independent on behalf of the Christian and Democratic Union – Czechoslovak People’s Party (KDU-ČSL). He was deputy chairman of the Defense Committee and a member of the Security Committee. A graduate of Charles University in Prague majoring in sociology (1975), he worked from 1976 to 1990 as a researcher at the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences and is one of the founders of the Circle of Independent Intelligence and Civic Forum established in 1989. He also managed the Department of Political Analysis under the Office of President Havel. Since 1994, he has been managing two companies focusing on sociological analysis: GAC spol. s.r.o. and Gabal Analysis & Consulting, which have carried out a number of unique projects in the area of security and defense, ethnic affairs, education, regional development, environment, NATO and the EU.

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