PSSI convened a closed door roundtable on the Economic and Financial Threat Domain


It has become increasingly evident that a sizeable portion of the new brand of “hybrid warfare“ is playing out in the legitimate international trading and financial systems. Seemingly benign commercial activities are employed over targeted countries to gain influence and strategic advantage, as opposed to covert forms of illicit trade. Currently, there is a lack of enhanced situational awareness and capability gap to anticipate the security-related implications of these undertakings.

With the aim to curry favor and, if possible, limit an adversaries‘ freedom of action, the various types and modalities of economic and financial (E&F) strategies can include targeted investments into critical infrastructure, offering subsidized financing arrangments, and cultivating energy or other dependencies for influence purposes.   

Against this background, the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) convened a closed roundtable discussion on the Economic and Financial (E&F) Threat Domain on March 16, 2016 in Prague. The roundtable brought together members from government agencies, diplomatic corps, as well as representatives from various academic and policy research institutes.

It was designed to be the first in a series of such gatherings aimed at illuminating how adversaries and potential adversaries are leveraging their ostensibly commercial business activities in the global markets to advance foreign policy agenda. 

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