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Václav Bartuška, Ambassador-At-Large for Energy Security, met with RMSSP students to discuss energy security

23.11.2016

On November 22, RMSSP students welcomed Václav Bartuška, Ambassador-At-Large for Energy Security, who has served in this position for more than 10 years. 

The deliberations began with a brief introduction concerning current approaches towards energy security. Based on the traditional view, which connects energy security with geopolitics, it should be understood as a lever of foreign policy. But Mr Bartuška pointed out that today energy is increasingly regarded as a social good. Therefore, the threat of energy poverty and unbalanced access to energy resources is going to be one of the main socio-political challenges in near future.

Discussions then focused on the issue of energy supplies to the Czech Republic and whether this area can potentially represent a source of vulnerability. Students enquired about the state of energy emergency reserves in the Czech Republic, the extent of distribution networks being in the hands of private investors and future roadmap for composition of the energy mix. Mr. Bartuška emhphasized several times that the Czech Republic's close energy links with Western Europe constitute not only economical but also political advantage.

Another topic was nuclear energy and its prospects in the future. Despite the fact that this type of energy is highly dependent on state subsides, it was highlighted that nuclear energy represents a crucial component in ensuring state security.

Lastly, Russia's recent energy projects such Nord Stream II or Turkish Stream gas pipeline were also addressed with regard to their significance and feasibility.

Senior Fellow and Former Executive Director Petr Pelz Departs PSSI.

19.01.2018

In the course of his distinguished career, Ambassador Pelz served as a Secretary of the National Intelligence Committee, Chief of the Military Intelligence Service and Director of Defence Intelligence of the Czech Republic. He was also ... more »

PSSI publishes a new study comparing the Czech and Polish approaches to China

31.12.2017

The study titled "Comparing the Czech-Polish Approach to China: Assessing Both Challenges and Opportunities from the Security-Minded Perspective" was prepared in collaboration with our Polish partners from the Centre for International Relations ... more »

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 »