Shadow Forces

Regional Security Program //Political Capital Institute, Prague Security Studies Institute/27 May 2022

New Publication: From Anti-Vaccination to Kremlin's Proxy

In Central-Eastern Europe, a so-called “grey zone” has emerged in the media, which tries to influence public opinion and pre-election political campaigns through hyper-partisan and sometimes even extremist – often anonymous or only seemingly “independent” – political communication, utilising conspiracy theories and ignoring the standards of ethical journalism. Our media research in the Czech Republic has, therefore, looked at the Czech political campaign communication between 1 September and 31 October 2021 to map and reveal the Czech “grey zone” media ecosystem, its role in the “dirty campaign,” and the war-related rhetoric later in 2022.

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We’re pleased to announce that Dr. Jana Robinson became a member of the Scientific Board of a new “Ad Astra” journal. 

NATO Summer School

We are now receiving applications for this year's Summer School, which will take place on July 3-8 in Orlík, Czech Republic.

Dr Robinson

There is a new risk category emerging in the space security portfolio, namely space activities of authoritarian governments, notably China and Russia, in the international trading and financial systems conducted for strategic, rather than purely commercial purposes.

Space Café

PSSI's Managing Director, Dr Jana Robinson, was a guest of the Space Cafe WebTalk. She focused on the economic and financial dimensions of space security.

The Russia-Ukraine War in Social Media

PSSI, in cooperation with Political Capital, researched the prevalence and effects of inauthentic online behavior concerning Russia’s war in Ukraine between 21 February and 31 March.

PSSI Space Security Conference

On June 19—21, 2022, the Prague Security Studies Institute will convene in Prague its 6th PSSI Space Security Conference. This year’s gathering is entitled “The Global Space Competition: Security, Markets and Sanctions.” The central goal of the conference is to illuminate the connectivity among global space commerce, deterrence/security-related considerations, and proper space governance.


The candidate should be well-versed in research, analysis and policy-making in disinformation, information warfare, and strategic communication. He/she should be able to work part-time (up to 20 hr./week) starting late June-beginning of July 2022 for a minimum of six months with the possibility of an extension. The position is located in Prague and is suitable for university students in M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

Space Security Guest Lecture

You can now watch a recording of a space security guest lecture with the director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS Todd Harrison!

space cafe

PSSI's Managing Director and space security expert, Dr Jana Robinson, will be featured on the May 3rd episode of the Space Café WebTalk, in conversation with Torsten Kriening. She will be focusing on the the economic and financial dimensions of space security.