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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 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 »

PSSI's Third Briefing Paper in the Project Identification of Instruments for the Protection of the Czech Republic from the Non-Standard Economic Behavior of the Russian Federation

19.10.2017

The third Briefing Paper to come out of our project "Identification of Instruments for the Protection of the Czech Republic from the Non-Standard Economic Behavior of the Russian Federation" is now available. This time we focus on "The ... more »

PSSI publishes article on space hybrid warfare deterrence via economic and financial tools

21.09.2017

An article by PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, entitled “Deterring Chinese and Russian Space Hybrid Warfare by Economic and Financial Means” was recently published in The Space Review. It proposes that the ... more »