Summer School


15th Annual PSSI Summer School, in cooperation with NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

“NATO in the Age of Hybrid Warfare“
June 30 – July 5, 2019
 (Orlík, Czech Republic)

The summer school offers a high-profile study course for students of graduate programs in political science, international relations and other relevant fields from NATO’s member and partner countries about future challenges for NATO and the most pressing issues in current security affairs. The five-day course will include lectures, presentations, as well as discussions and a week-long crisis simulation led by experts on NATO and security studies – both scholars and practitioners.

Agenda includes topics such as:

  • NATO in a New Strategic Environment
  • NATO's 70th Anniversary
  • Hybrid Threats
  • Cyber Security
  • Space Security
  • NATO and EU
  • NATO’s Future Challenges and Opportunities
  • Economic and Financial Aspects of National Security
  • Week-long crisis simulation based on topics discussed during lectures

Among invited lecturers are:

  • Gen. Petr Pavel, former Chairman of the Military Committee, NATO
  • Jan Havránek, Policy Advisor, Policy Planning Unit of the Office of the NATO Secretary General
  • Pasi Eronen, Lead Researcher, Russia Project, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, USA
  • Elisabeth Braw, Associate Fellow, RUSI, UK
  • Julie Smith, former Deputy National Security Advisor to the Vice President of the United States
  • Jana Robinson, Space Security Program Director, PSSI
  • Lilly Mueller, Cyber Security Researcher, NUPI


Students currently enrolled in Master’s degree programs in Political Science, International Relations and Economics and other relevant fields as well as young professionals from NATO’s member and partner countries.


Please fill out the application form and upload your CV along with an essay (max 3600 characters) on the following topic:

“In your opinion, what was the most important news about NATO over the last couple of months, and why?“

The deadline for sending applications is May 16th, 2019 (at midnight CET).


Registration fee amounts to 6500,- CZK / 250 EUR. Accommodation, meals and local transport Prague-Orlík-Prague will be fully covered by the organizers.

PSSI can offer to a limited number of participants a 25 % or 50 % scholarship intended for students from low-income families.

Selected participants are responsible for securing their own travel visa, and PSSI can supply a letter of support to selected applicants if needed. Please contact the local Czech Embassy immediately to learn of the visa application interview availability.

For further information please contact Mr. Jan Faltys at

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About Summer School

Since 2005, NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division has joined forces with PSSI to offer a select, but intensive, course of study for an elite group of graduate students in political science, international relations and other relevant fields from NATO’s member states and partner countries concerning future challenges for NATO and pressing issues on the global security agenda.

The one-week course, held in English, includes lectures, presentations, group discussions and simulations led by Czech and foreign security experts – both senior policy practitioners and scholars. The retreat-type setting provides a unique networking opportunity for approximately 25 participants from as many as 15 countries. Over the years, we have observed that this off-site venue permits round-the-clock chances for students to engage in serious discourse over breaking global developments and the lecture or discussions in which they have participated. Visiting speakers have included senior government and NATO officials, leading NGO security policy experts academic scholars and private sector executives.

The selected participants receive a highly-useful certificate at their successful completion of the program and are encouraged to enrich the public debate concerning current NATO activities and the future of the organization as well as other global security challenges.