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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 warfare and it is going to be a crucial battlefield in the future. Unfortunately, at the moment it is overlooked by Western countries despite the fact that China and Russia are very active in this field. Those states are using legally-gained ownership of strategic companies for putting a pressure on governments in countries of their interest. Therefore the economy must be perceived not only as purely business affair but also as a matter of national security.

The unique software instrument operated by RWR Advisory Group for tracking potential dangerous economic activities was presented and its efficiency was shown in various examples. Mr. Robison also dedicated a serious attention to the situation on the Black Sea that could be the flashpoint of international crises due to Russian ambition to extract local gas and oil reserves belonging to Ukraine.

During the discussion, Mr. Robinson pointed out that it is impossible to distinguish between purely business interest and investment that is led by politic consideration because the economical connection can be always misused. This fact was illustrated by the example of a mutually beneficial economic connection between China and South Korea, which was later suspended by China due to political reasons. The offensive capability of economic warfare was also discussed. It was concluded that despite its effectiveness it has to be used carefully because the intervention to the international economic system could have a global damaging impact.

The opportunity for small countries (particularly the Czech Republic) in the economic warfare was also mentioned. According to Mr. Robinson, despite limited capacities, small countries should take actions that will allow them to have control over the transactions occurring on their territory, too.

Call for Applications: Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program

14.07.2018

PSSI is now accepting applications for the Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program 2018/2019. The program is currently comprised of a series of lectures and interactive seminars led by distinguished senior current and former security policy ... more »

PSSI published an analysis titled "Portrayal of NATO in the Czech Media"

13.07.2018

  The analysis maps out the ways in which NATO is portrayed in the Czech media. Special attention is dedicated to the deployment of Czech soldiers to the Baltic states as a part of the NATO Enhanced Forward Presence, as this issue has become ... more »

Call for Applications: Cyber Security Academy

12.07.2018

PSSI is now accepting applications for the Cyber Security Academy 2018. The intensive one-week course is organized in cooperation with the Czech National Cyber and Information Security Agency (NÚKIB) and is scheduled to take place in Prague in ... more »

PSSI Provided Research Data for GLOBSEC's Report on Disinformation Narratives that Accompanied the Killing of Ján Kuciak

06.07.2018

PSSI's Jonáš Syrovátka contributed to GLOBSEC's report about disinformation narratives surrounding the death of a Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak.  The brief was published in the framework of ... more »

PSSI's Jonáš Syrovátka Co-Authored a Paper on Information Warfare and the Role of Non-Governmental Organizations

20.06.2018

The paper is based on the main ideas and opinions that were stated during a panel discussion held during the 2018 NGO Market in Prague, Czech Republic, about the role of NGOs in information warfare. The discussion moderated by Jonáš ... more »

PSSI Participated in the Project “Media Literacy Weeks”

14.06.2018

On June 14, 2018, PSSI organized a workshop for high-school students focused on the work of non-governmental organizations and their role in democratic society. The workshop was held at the Business Academy and Language School in Liberec. Students learned ... more »