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Mark Galeotti, a research fellow at the IIR in Prague, met with RMSSP students to discuss Russian foreign and security policy

01.03.2017

On February 28, RMSSP students welcomed Mark Galeotti, research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague.

The deliberation started with brief overview of Russian foreign and security policy. It was pointed out that the domestic conditions play important role in the formulation of foreign policy. Therefore the functional dynamics of current Russian political system was presented at the first place. According to Mr. Galeotti the general goal of President Vladimir Putin and its close associates is to gain and maintain power. However there is no “big strategy” for achieving this goal and spontaneous actions and activities of middle-ranking regime supporters are desired and welcomed.    

Russian ambitions and Western perception of universal world order are incompatible, which leads to confrontation that is likely to be long-lasting. Russia uses wide scale of undercover tools (such as propaganda, corruption, support of anti-establishment movements) during this confrontation. Its strategy does not have to lead to military confrontation, that is often wrongly expected by Western thinkers who are too fixed to the case of Crimea. Despite strong rhetoric are Russian sources very limited and it is a question how long it could continue with a campaign of such scale.

The following discussion was focused on several subjects. Great attention was dedicated to the activities of Russian security services in Europe. It was mentioned that security services are eager to use every possibility to enforce its goals (including collaboration with the organized crime) and its actions are often carried out without knowledge of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Prague embassy was also discussed in connection with this subject. Mr. Galeotti also spoke about disinformation campaign and "fake news" phenomena and recalled that the variety of opinions is a fundament of the democratic order which should not be forgotten.

Another discussed topic was Russian policy in specific regions. Mr. Galotti presented its views on Russian role in the Middle East (mainly in Syria), perspectives of further relations with China, prospects for Central Asia and situation in the Arctic.

PSSI held a conference "Civilians in Multilateral Missions" with its Serbian partner ISAC Fund

23.03.2017

On March 16–17 PSSI, in cooperation with its Serbian partner ISAC Fund held a conference "Civilians in Multilateral Missions" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference was a key event within the ... more »

RMSSP students visited Radio Free Europe and met with journalist Natalia Churikova

21.03.2017

On March 21, RMSSP students visited Radio Free Europe and met with Natalia Churikova, broadcaster in RFE Ukrainian service. RMSSP students got a rare opportunity to visit workspaces (including the room for broadcasting) and to see journalist ... more »

PSSI publishes summary report from its third Space Security Conference

20.03.2017

The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) published a Summary Report from its third Space Security Conference that was convened, in partnership with the Secure World Foundation (SWF), on June 5-7, 2016, in Prague. This gathering, entitled “Advancing ... more »

Jan Urban, journalist and disident, met with RMSSP students to discuss media and democracy

15.03.2017

On March 14, RMSSP students welcomed Jan Urban, journalist and one of the leading figures of Czech dissent.   The deliberation started with an overview of the influence of technological innovations on journalism. According to Mr. ... more »

PSSI organized a roundtable on growing Russian influence in the EU from V4 perspective

09.03.2017

On February 27, PSSI and Slovak Foreign Policy Association organized a roundtable on Russian influence in Central Europe. The event was a joint session for two projects – “The Development of Economic Relations Between V4 and Russia: Before ... more »

Roger W. Robinson, Chairman and Co-Founder of PSSI, met with RMSSP students to discuss economic and financial warfare

07.03.2017

On March 6, RMSSP students welcomed Roger W. Robinson, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute. At the beginning of the lecture, Mr. Robinson pointed out that economy is one of the main dimensions of hybrid ... more »