Security Scholars Program

PSSI was the first public policy group in the Czech Republic – and one of the first in the region – to launch an intensive educational initiative to train future generations of national security-minded experts in the Czech Republic and the region.

Space Security Program

Space infrastructure is essential for the proper functioning of European and U.S. societies, economies, and security architectures.

Economic & Financial Statecraft Program

In this era of unprecedented global interdependence, international economic and financial (E&F) relations have become an integral part of every nation’s foreign policy.

Regional Security Program

In addition to its core programmes, PSSI aims to identify and analyze relevant foreign policy and security-related issues that will increasingly affect and influence the transatlantic security policy community.
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Vulnerable Democracies

This study analyses the effects of foreign influence on political and social life in North Macedonia, focusing on the impact of the prolonged EU integration process, as opposed to the influence excreted by non-western actors, particularly Russia, China, Türkiye, and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf.

Understanding the Key Players and Influence

This study analyses the external influence in Kosovo and how these influences manifest in the political, economic, and social realms. The report contends that the historical context in which Kosovo emerged as a state has determined how external influence is perceived in the country.

The West is Dear, but the East id Dearer

This policy paper investigates the influence of Russia, China, Turkey, and the Arab states of the Persian Gulf on the process of (in)stability, including democratization, in Serbia from 2008 to 2022. 

Croatia_A Stable Western Ally and a Playground of External Contestation

Croatia is a committed member of the EU and NATO and a stable ally of the United States in the region. Yet, it has been experiencing illiberal tendencies since becoming an EU member, marked by widespread corruption and a weakening of independent institutions which should control the executive.


Our Space Security Program Project Coordinator, František Avrat was nominated by Adam Hayes from the U.S. Department of State to attend two intense traineeships in Washington, DC, on May 1-5, 2023.

Democratic Vulnerabilities of Small Systems

The PSSI's Western Balkans Project is delighted to publish the first analytical study under the project titled "The Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Democratic Backsliding and External Actors' Influence." The study examines democratic backsliding in Montenegro and the influences of external actors. It seeks to answer the following question: What is the role of non-European external actors in causing democratic backsliding in Montenegro?