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Conference on Sahel’s security challenges

19.07.2013

On June 17, 2013, the Prague Security Studies Institute, in cooperation with the French Embassy and the Sub-Saharan Department of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs, organized the conference, “Sahel: Security Challenges”.

The opening panel featured Richard Banégas, professor at Sciences-po Paris, who described the problems caused by political Islam, the social crisis and generational issues in the Sahel, which he illustrated by citing case studies of Mauritania, Niger, Sénégal and North-Nigeria. Jan Prouza, from Hradec Králové University, contributed analysis concerning the causes of Mali’s instability, stressing the historical roots of the current conflict and the previously unseen degree of organization and equipment of the Touareg rebels.

The second panel was devoted to the European response to the security threats from this region. The first speaker was Véronique Roger-Lacan, Chief of the Mali/Sahel Mission at the French MFA, who focused on the political aspects of this problem. David Konecký, from the Common Foreign and Security Policy department of the Czech MFA, then spoke about the role of smaller member countries in the European Union’s policy-making process toward Sahel. Finally, Colonel Xavier Collignon, Head of the Sub-Saharan bureau of the French MoD, presented the technical aspects of the French operation SERVAL and the EUTM Mali.

Senior Fellow and Former Executive Director Petr Pelz Departs PSSI.

19.01.2018

In the course of his distinguished career, Ambassador Pelz served as a Secretary of the National Intelligence Committee, Chief of the Military Intelligence Service and Director of Defence Intelligence of the Czech Republic. He was also ... more »

PSSI publishes a new study comparing the Czech and Polish approaches to China

31.12.2017

The study titled "Comparing the Czech-Polish Approach to China: Assessing Both Challenges and Opportunities from the Security-Minded Perspective" was prepared in collaboration with our Polish partners from the Centre for International Relations ... more »

PSSI Contributes to Mitchell Institute’s Policy Paper on Major Space Policy Issues

05.12.2017

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, contributed to a study entitled “Major Policy Issues in Evolving Global Space Operations” that was released during a panel discussion hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace ... more »

PSSI's new publication "United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Kremlin's Leverage in the Visegrad Countries" is now available!

28.11.2017

"United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Kremlin's Leverage in the Visegrad Countries" maps out Kremlin’s regional ploys and compares the different approaches Russia uses for the Central European countries. Executive summaries also ... more »

'Harsh Expectations Versus a Modest Reality' - the final publication of the project "Economic Relations Between the Visegrad Countries and Russia: Before and After Ukraine" is now available.

06.11.2017

The Russian annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the war in Eastern Ukraine represented a major shift in relations with Russia for the Visegrad countries. The tensions between Russia and the West had a significant impact on mutual economic ties ... more »

PSSI and Charles University to hold three public lectures on space security

22.10.2017

PSSI and Charles University’s Institute of Political Studies, in collaboration with the American Center, are organizing a series of three public lectures on the topic of space security. On November 8, an international law expert and Czech diplomat ... more »