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PSSI held a closed-door roundtable on Russia's oil-and gas-driven militarization of Crimea and the Black Sea

13.11.2016

On November 11, PSSI organized a closed-door roundtable on Russia's oil-and gas-driven militarization of Crimea and the Black Sea. Since July, Russia has been moving expropriated Ukrainian drill rigs and other energy infrastructure under armed guard into Crimean waters (now claimed by Russia), a Ukrainian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) extending out 370 kilometers into the Black Sea.

Ever since the annexation, Russia has also moved swiftly to consolidate its strategic and maritime leverage over the Black Sea region with a substantial build-up of military capabilities.

Prior to this, preliminary exploratory drilling indicated that Crimea's offshore oil and gas reserves may rival those of the original North Sea discovery and be valued at as much as $1 trillion or more.

This roundtable was organized as part of PSSI's Economic and Financial Threat Program and designed to conduct a deeper drill into this often-overlooked energy dimension of Russia's hybrid warfare in Ukraine and the region.

Among the speakers were:

  • Artūras Petkus, Head of Strategic Analysis and Research Division, NATO Energy Security Centre of Excellence
  • Maksym Bugriy, Research Fellow at Razumkov Centre and non-resident analyst with the Jamestown Foundation
  • Oleksandr Sukhodolia, Head of Energy Security Department at the National Institute of Strategic Studies (NISS), Ukraine
  • Edward Christie, Defence Economist, NATO's Emerging Security Challenges Division

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 »