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

20.05.2016

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. 

PSSI launches a project on identification of instruments for the protection of the Czech Republic from the non-standard economic behavior of the Russian Federation

24.05.2017

The use of economic and financial instruments to achieve political goals is an important element of the foreign, defense and development policies of each state. The way in which this power is exercised externally or how it treats foreign investors, almost ... more »

PSSI Contributes to 2017 Space Security Index Working Group Meeting

03.05.2017

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, contributed to the 14th annual Space Security Index Working Group meeting hosted by McGill University in Montreal on May 2-3, 2017. The Space Security Index, a report seeking to assess ... more »

A third PSSI's roundtable on Russia’s influence activities in Warsaw

28.04.2017

PSSI, Centrum Polsko-Rosyjskiego Dialogu i Porozumienia and Centrum Stosunków Międzynarodowych co-organized a third closed-door roundtable, in Warsaw, that presented the progress made in two ongoing projects – “The ... more »

RMSSP students met with George Firth, a security expert and a former member of the British 22 SAS Regiment

26.04.2017

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, RMSSP students met with George Firth, a former member of the British 22 SAS Regiment. Mr. Firth has an extensive military and counterterrorism portfolio and delivered a lecture on Hostile Environment Awareness Training ... more »

Call for Applications: NATO Summer School 2017

12.04.2017

NATO SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 13th Annual PSSI Summer School, in cooperation with NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. “NATO in the Age of Hybrid Warfare“ July 9-15, 2017 (Měřín, ... more »

PSSI held a second roundtable on Russia’s influence activities in Budapest

06.04.2017

On April 5, PSSI and CEID co-organized a closed-door roundtable that presented preliminary findings from two ongoing projects – “The Development of Economic Relations Between V4 and Russia: Before and After Ukraine” and “Raising ... more »