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Petr Pelz appointed Executive Director of PSSI

05.02.2013

The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) is very pleased to announce that Ambassador Petr Pelz accepted the position of Executive Director of PSSI and commenced his responsibilities effective February 1, 2013.

As Executive Director, Mr. Pelz will assume the leadership duties of PSSI’s activities in Prague, reporting to the PSSI Board. He will also serve as the principal liaison with PSSI Washington.  “PSSI is honored to have a security policy professional of Ambassador Pelz’s stature and accomplishment taking the helm of the Institute in the tradition of his visionary predecessor Olda Černý. My fellow Board members and I are fully confident that he will maintain the Institute’s standing as the leading non-governmental public policy organization in the Czech Republic in the field of security and international affairs,” stated PSSI's Chairman Roger W. Robinson, Jr.

Mr. Pelz joins PSSI following a highly distinguished career in government service that spanned some 22 years. Most recently he served as Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Afghanistan from April 2010 to September 2012. Prior to this time, Mr. Pelz held senior military and defense intelligence positions, including Chief of the Military Intelligence Service in 1997, and shortly thereafter, as Director of Defense Intelligence until 2002. He also served for four years as Defense Advisor to the Czech Mission to the United Nations in New York, where he chaired a working group on the reorganization of UN intelligence and reconnaissance. Amb. Pelz retired with the rank of Major General (two star) in the Czech armed forces.

A complete bio of Mr. Pelz can be found here

PSSI's Jonáš Syrovátka Co-Authored a Paper on Information Warfare and the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations

20.06.2018

The paper is based on the main ideas and opinions that were stated during a panel discussion held during the 2018 NGO Market in Prague, Czech Republic, about the role of NGOs in information warfare. The discussion moderated by Jonáš ... more »

PSSI Participated in the Project “Media Literacy Weeks”

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On June 14, 2018, PSSI organized a workshop for high-school students focused on the work of non-governmental organizations and their role in democratic society. The workshop was held at the Business Academy and Language School in Liberec. Students learned ... more »

PSSI Delivered Guest Lecture on Law and Space Security

30.05.2018

On May 31, 2018, PSSI Senior Fellow, Dr. Martina Smuclerova, delivered a lecture on "Law and Space Security" at the Charles University in Prague as the guest lecturer at the Space Security Course accredited within the Charles University’s ... more »

PSSI Held a Workshop within the Framework of the Project “Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Assessing Non-Democratic External Influence Activities.”

29.05.2018

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PSSI Held a Closed Roundtable on Unconventional Threats to Europe’s Space Operations

18.05.2018

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PSSI, Charles University’s Institute of Political Studies, and American Center Organized a Public Lecture on Space Security

18.05.2018

PSSI was delighted to welcome on May 18, 2018, Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Chief Strategy Officer at the European Space Agency (ESA) as the guest lecturer at the Space Security Course accredited within the Charles University’s Master’s Degree in ... more »