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The Final Publication of the Project "Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Assessing Influences of Non-Western External Actors" Is Out!

29.05.2019

The publication covers engagement of all major non-Western actors actively present in the region – Russia, Turkey, China, the Gulf States and Iran – in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), North Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

What objectives and strategic gains, if any, do non-Western actors aim to achieve? Which means do they employ and what are the particular consequences of their involvement? Are external engagements undermining the fragile internal stability of the Western Balkan countries? Or is it a promising market at the gateway to Europe, with an accommodating political and business environment they are aiming at? Are their strategic interests and modes of conduct contradictory to those of the EU and US ones or is it possible to find common ground?

The publication sheds more light on these questions and provides a comprehensive overview and more detailed understanding of selected external actors’ involvement in the five post-Yugoslav non-EU member countries. It strives to avoid an oversimplifying black-and-white view and conventional judgments, which either portray non-Western external engagements as inherently malign and threatening or uncritically champion them as a counterweight to Western dominance. Instead, it aims to investigate the topic with analytical precision and sensitivity to local contexts, providing for assessments of the real motivations, extent, and consequences of external actors’ involvement.

Find out more about the project here. The project is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.

Videos from the Fifth PSSI Space Security Conference

08.08.2019

Videos from the Fifth PSSI Space Security Conference, held on June 9-11, 2019 in Prague, are now available online. Entitled “Evolution of the Counterspace Threat and Strengthening of International Space Partnerships”, the event ... more »

Intern Wanted for Our Cyber Security Program

31.07.2019

We are looking for an intern to work on projects related to new technologies and cybersecurity.  Internship: September 2019 - March 2020 approximately 25h/month proficiency in both Czech and English necessary Deadline for application: ... more »

Internship Opportunity!

22.07.2019

We are looking for an intern to work on projects related to disinformation and strategic communication! Deadline for application: August 25, 2019 Internship: September 2019 - January 2020 approximately 25h/month proficiency in both Czech ... more »

PSSI Studied Vaccination and Disinformation in the Czech Disinformation Environment

10.07.2019

Based on the contemporary international debate pertaining to the influence of the so-called anti-vaccination movements and the role of misinformation in public health as such, the main aim of the project was to find out whether Czech websites known ... more »

Call for Applications: Cyber Security Academy 2019

07.07.2019

Are you interested in international and security affairs? Would you like to expand your knowledge of cybersecurity issues? Apply to the Cyber Security Academy in Prague, Czech Republic (September 30-October 4, 2019)! This second edition of the ... more »

Read our Policy Paper Entitled "Western Balkans at the crossroads: Which road should the EU take?"

06.07.2019

The policy paper suggests several recommendations for new Commission’s and European External Action Service’s (EEAS) strategy towards the region based on research done within the PSSI-led project, ‘Western Balkans at the Crossroads: ... more »