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RMSSP students discuss U.S. presidential election with journalist Dan Anýž

12.10.2016

With the U.S. election less than a month away, this year's RMSSP students (Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program) had an opportunity to talk to journalist Dan Anýž, who has an extensive experience in covering the U.S. politics, currently writing for the Czech language edition of Newsweek.

One of the key take away lessons was that presidential elections are often expected to show US democracy at its finest, including the latest debates, yet the volatility of the international system (the rise of ISIS or Daesh, refugee crisis, belligerent Russia) has increasingly become connected with domestic problems (stagnation of living standards, lack of entrepreneurship, coping with consequences of 2008 financial crisis) and these changes illuminate important trends.

Even if Mr Trump never makes it into the White House, his phenomena is here to stay. It is a sign that "anti-establishment" politicians are gaining traction (not only in the US - think of Brexit, Five Star Movement in Italy or Podemos in Spain). The new politics, and strong rhetoric that accompanies it, gives rise to nationalist sentiments that view globalization in its current form with suspicion, to put it mildly. Consequently, the configuration of ideas such "globalization", "identity politics" or "universal interests" rooted in the post-1989 order is being challenged.

Although commentary about his rise is often treated as a one-off peculiarity, in a broader perspective it demonstrates that adjustments are needed to avoid unexpected surprises, and his ascendancy is certainly one of them.

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 »