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.
On March 16–17 PSSI, in cooperation with its Serbian partner ISAC Fund held a conference "Civilians in Multilateral Missions" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference was a key event within the ... more »
On March 21, RMSSP students visited Radio Free Europe and met with Natalia Churikova, broadcaster in RFE Ukrainian service. RMSSP students got a rare opportunity to visit workspaces (including the room for broadcasting) and to see journalist ... more »
The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) published a Summary Report from its third Space Security Conference that was convened, in partnership with the Secure World Foundation (SWF), on June 5-7, 2016, in Prague. This gathering, entitled “Advancing ... more »
On March 14, RMSSP students welcomed Jan Urban, journalist and one of the leading figures of Czech dissent. The deliberation started with an overview of the influence of technological innovations on journalism. According to Mr. ... more »
On February 27, PSSI and Slovak Foreign Policy Association organized a roundtable on Russian influence in Central Europe. The event was a joint session for two projects – “The Development of Economic Relations Between V4 and Russia: Before ... more »
On March 6, RMSSP students welcomed Roger W. Robinson, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute. At the beginning of the lecture, Mr. Robinson pointed out that economy is one of the main dimensions of hybrid ... more »
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