Karel Svoboda graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, in East-European Studies. He successfully completed his doctoral thesis at Charles University's Institute of International Studies in 2010. He also attended the Visegrad summer school held in 2004 in Krakow in Poland. In 2004 and 2005 he studied at the Faculty of History at Moscow State University. In 2007-2008 he worked for the Czech Ministry of Finance, where he was responsible for bilateral relations with non-EU countries and relations with international organizations. His main areas of interest are Russian politics (esp. foreign affairs and economic issues) and transformation processes in Eastern and Central Europe. During the academic year 2012/2013, he was a Fulbright Foundation Teaching fellow at the University of Rochester, New York, U.S.