23 Mar 2021/PSSI



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

The course, conducted in English, includes lectures, group discussions and simulations led by Czech and foreign security experts, including sitting and former senior policy practitioners and scholars. The retreat-like setting in Orlík, Czech Republic, provides a special networking opportunity for the approximately 25-30 participants from as many as 15 countries.

This off-site venue permits near round-the-clock  chances for students and select speakers to engage in more  in-depth discussions concerning breaking developments  as well as reflect on the content of the lectures and the designated simulation. The week-long simulation involves a scenario based on actual geopolitical circumstances and how they may well play out in reality. Class participation is continuous and active.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Elisabeth Braw (Expert on Modern Deterrence, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute)
  • Dr. Pal Dunay (Expert in Russian History, Politics and Security, Professor of NATO and European Security Issues at George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies)
  • Petr Pavel (Former Chairman of the NATO Military Committee)

Specific topics for the 2021 Summer School include:

  • Economic and Financial Statecraft/Warfighting
  • Space Security
  • Hybrid Threats and Disinformation
  • Cyber Security
  • Transatlantic Security

Students currently enrolled in university 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 send your CV  and an essay (max 3600 characters) to on the following topic: 

  • “In your opinion, what was the most important news about NATO over the last year, and why?"

Registration fee amounts to 7500,- CZK / 285 EUR. Accommodation, meals and local transport Prague-Orlík-Prague will be fully covered by the organizers. 

Agreement with Processing Personal Data
In connection with the application process to our Summer School 2021 we hereby inform you that we will be  processing your personal data that you provided to us and that we obtained when providing services to you. Information regarding the processing of your personal data can be found here.

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. 


The NATO Summer School will take place: August 8 - 13, 2021

Application deadline: June 18, 2021

See the NATO Summer School flyer here

For more information please contact Mr. Jan Faltys at