Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program

PSSI launched its Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program (RMSSP) in February of 2002. RMSSP offers highly qualified and motivated students from leading Czech universities the opportunity to participate in a two-semester program on the premises of PSSI covering a broad spectrum of security-related subjects. PSSI evaluated other established European and American security studies programs to help guide the development of the Institute’s RMSSP, which also has unique characteristics given its location and regional dynamic.

The Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program is presently comprised of a series of lectures and seminars led by distinguished senior current and former security policy professionals from the Czech Republic and a number of other countries, including the U.S. The content and sequencing of over twenty lectures each academic year were designed by PSSI’s Executive Director and Co-Founder, Oldřich Černý. Mr. Černý himself is a veteran of the Czech security community, having served as former President Vaclav Havel’s National Security Advisor and Director of the Czech Foreign Intelligence Service for almost a decade. Our Security Scholars Program differentiates itself by affording its students direct access to international policy luminaries in small group settings.

In addition to the lecture series, students are required to write a lengthy policy paper on one of the topics covered and be involved in numerous Institute’s activities, including conferences and roundtables.

Among the distinguished lecturers engaged in the RMSSP lectures have been Alexandr Vondra, Minister of Defense; Petr Kolář, the Czech Ambassador to Russia and former Ambassador to the U.S.; Luboš Dobrovský, Former Minister of Defense; Karel Kovanda, Former Deputy Director General responsible for CFSP, DG RELEX, EC; Cameron Munter, US Ambassador to Pakistan; Ándor Šándor, Former Head of Military Intelligence; David Elliman, Chairman of the Elmrock Capital; Richard Graber, Former US Ambassador to Prague; Josef Zielenec, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Reuel Gerecht, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute and Jiří Šedivý Former Chief of the Staff of the Czech Armed Forces.

At the end of each academic year, a special certificate is issued to all scholars who successfully completed the two-semester RMSSP course to help advance their pursuit of professional careers in the policy community, private sector or elsewhere.

To see pictures from RMSSP 2013, please click here.

The next RMSSP program will start in October 2016