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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 released a video from the second rountable on Russia's influence activities

15.06.2017

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 »

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 »