Security Scholars Program


The Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Academy (RMSSA) is PSSI’s core initiative, dating back to the Institute’s inception in early 2002. Its central mission is to provide world-class, intensive educational experiences in the field of international security studies for advanced students and young professionals in the Czech Republic and the broader region. We believe that it is essential that security-minded students have access to global luminaries and policy practitioners in this field in small group settings. We also seek to organize and fund regular expert gatherings covering a wide spectrum of cutting-edge security policy challenges. 

This two-semester educational program has, to date, trained well over six hundred highly skilled aspiring security professionals. These future policy practitioners are indispensable for safeguarding the hard-won freedoms of the Czech Republic and other post-communist states. The Academy experience has also made them valuable contributors to the region's common security, economic and foreign policy structures like NATO, the EU, the OECD, the IEA and others. 

Among the distinguished RMSSA lecturers have been Karel Schwarzenberg, former Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs; Alexandr Vondra, former Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs and Defense; Petr Kolář, former Czech Ambassador to Russia and the United States; Karel Kovanda, former Deputy Director General responsible for CFSP, DG RELEX, European Commission; Richard Graber, former US Ambassador to the Czech Republic; Josef Zielenec, former Minister of Foreign Affairs; and Jiří Šedivý, former Chief of Staff of the Czech Armed Forces.

PSSI was the first national security-minded public policy group in the Czech Republic – and one of the first in the region – to take on this kind of educational mission, with the active encouragement and involvement of former Czech President Václav Havel, who chaired PSSI’s distinguished International Advisory Board, as well as our beloved Co-Founder and Executive Director, Oldřich Černý, whose legacy will be honored through the brilliant careers of our many alumni.

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Past Activities

  • Security Academy for Young Politicians
  • William P. Clark Ph.D. Scholarship in Space Security
  • Cyber Security Academy 2020