Roger W. Robinson, Jr.
Chairman and Co-Founder
Roger W. Robinson, Jr. is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute in the Czech Republic and Executive Director of PSSI Washington Inc. He was formerly Senior Director of International Economic Affairs at the Reagan National Security Council, where he was the architect of the secret economic and financial strategy for the take-down of the Soviet Union. He later served as Chairman of the Congressional U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission for the bulk of 2001-2006. Prior to his government service, Mr. Robinson was a Vice President in the International Department of the Chase Manhattan Bank with responsibility for Chase’s loan portfolios in the USSR, Central/Eastern Europe and Yugoslavia. He also served as a personal staff assistant to then-Chase Chairman David Rockefeller for some three years. Mr. Robinson is currently President & CEO of RWR Advisory Group, a data services, research and risk management firm that specializes in assessing Chinese and Russian risk factors, particularly with regard to their presence in the U.S. capital markets.
Dr. Jana Robinson became Managing Director of the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) in April 2020. She also serves as PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, a post she assumed in 2015. She previously held the position of a Space Policy Officer at the European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels as well as a Space Security Advisor to the Czech Foreign Ministry.
Director of Operations
Boris Kaliský has served as PSSI’s Director of Operations since April 2020. He is an alumnus of PSSI´s Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program and has previously worked with PSSI on various projects and events as a communications and logistics coordinator and a researcher. During this period, he also worked as an editor and journalist focusing on maritime affairs. He also undertook an unconventional career detour as a bosun and ship’s officer on the tall ship La Grace, as well as authored a book on the cryptocurrencies.
In memoriam - Executive director
It has been truly difficult for each of us to cope with the profound sadness of the passing of our friend and leader, Oldřich Černý. Olda, as his friends and colleagues knew him, had an inviting smile, infectious energy, and a steely determination towards advancing the cause of human freedom. We all loved and admired him.
Senior Communications Manager
Kateřina Krejčířová is a Senior Communications Manager at PSSI. Prior to joining the Institute full-time, she ran the social media presence of the Czech edition of Forbes. She holds a degree in English and American studies from Charles University in Prague. In the course of her studies, Ms. Krejčířová studied in the United Kingdom (Durham University) and the United States (George Washington University). She previously interned with the Institute of International Relations, Forum 2000, and Czech Centre London.
Jonáš Syrovátka is a Program Manager at PSSI, working primarily on projects concerning Russian influence activities in the Czech Republic. He holds a Master's degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Masaryk University in Brno. During his undergraduate studies he focused on the development of Russian political system and its history.
Anja Grabovac is a Project Manager at PSSI, focusing on the Western Balkans and projects related to the region. She holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and European Studies from Metropolitan University Prague. During her studies, Anja spent one year on Erasmus at Central European University Budapest. Her research interest revolves around the Western Balkan countries and their European integration path, as well as the external actors’ influences in the Balkans. Anja has previously been involved in projects focusing on national identities in Central-Eastern Europe or on the diffusion of EU norms in BiH.
Jan Faltys is a Project Coordinator at PSSI. holds MSc. in "International Peace and Security" from University College London where he also worked as an analyst at the Czech Embassy. Subsequently, he was a Contributor to iSouvislosti.cz (now European Security Journal) and worked as a Ministerial Councillor at the Czech Ministry of Defence at the Defence Policy Department.
Patrik Martínek is a Project Coordinator at PSSI, mainly focusing on projects connected with space security. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Economics in Prague, where he is currently pursuing Master’s in International Politics and Diplomacy. His main areas of interest are diplomacy and space security. He wrote his bachelor's thesis on current trends in space security, and his master's thesis focused on the topic of Space Traffic Management.
Simone Neads works as a Project Coordinator in the Economic & Financial Threat Program, having joined PSSI in March 2021. Simone holds a Master's degree in International Security Studies from Charles University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Governance from Tallinn University. Her main interests are emerging threats, including technology innovations, information, and malign foreign influence.
Kristína Sikoraiová joined PSSI in February 2020, supporting the Space Security Program and Security Scholars Program. Ms. Sikoraiová is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at the Prague University of Economics and Business. She also had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad studying Business Administration at the Özyegin University in Istanbul, Turkey. She has participated in multiple international projects focused on informal education in Madrid, Tallin, Athens and London. Her main areas of interest are space security, cyber security and emerging and disruptive technologies.
Kristína Šefčíková joined PSSI in April 2021 and works as a Project Coordinator for the Regional Security Program, focusing on disinformation. She is currently pursuing two master’s degrees in International Relations and English Language and Literature at Masaryk University in Brno, researching nationalist propaganda. Ms. Šefčíková previously interned at Forum 2000, STRATPOL – Strategic Policy institute, and GLOBSEC. Her main area of interest is the Central European disinformation scene
Frank Asbeck is a Senior Fellow supporting PSSI’s Space Security Program. Mr. Abeck is former Principal Adviser for Space and Security Policy (including cyber) for the European Commission (Directorate General RELEX) and subsequently the European External Action Service, and a member of its Space Task Force (2010 - 2019). He began his professional career at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, dealing with military space and arms control. He then joined the German public service to concentrate on arms control, CBRN proliferation and East-West technology transfer. Following his assignment to the German Embassy in Brussels, in 1992 he became Deputy Director of the Western European Union Satellite Center in Torrejón, Spain. From 2001 onwards, Mr. Asbeck worked at the European Commission as Director of the newly created Security Directorate. In 2005, he moved back to Torrejón as the Director of the EU Satellite Centre. Mr. Asbeck studied physics, law and political science in Germany and war studies in London.
Edward P. Kinsey II
Edward P. Kinsey II has joined the Prague Security Studies Institute as a Senior Fellow supporting PSSI’s Economic and Financial Threat Program. He previously served as the Chief Financial Strategy Officer and Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment at the U.S. State Department. Mr. Kinsey helped inspire and direct work that resulted in Executive Order 13959 signed on November 12, 2020 by President Donald Trump - "Addressing the Threat From Securities Investments That Finance Communist Chinese Military Companies”. An expert in the Rules and Regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ed directed the State Department’s positions on the inequities of SEC regulation on U.S. stock markets related to foreign stocks and highlighted the risks to pension fund investments in the stocks of PRC companies, resulting in their exclusion from the Federal Thrift Savings Plan. Kinsey has spent the majority of his career in the private sector in senior finance and executive roles. A CPA in California and Ohio, Edward was a co-founder and CFO of Ariba, Inc., and served as both Advisory Board Member and CFO Advisor.
John P. Stopher
Dr. John Stopher is a Senior Fellow supporting PSSI’s Space Security Program. He previously served as the Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Space and was responsible to the Secretary of the Air Force for establishing a Space Force as well as governance, planning, policy, strategy, development and execution across the defense space portfolio and integration with the National Security Space Enterprise. He was also the lead for international space relations and interdepartmental and interagency matters.
Edward Hunter Christie
Edward Hunter Christie is a non-resident Senior Fellow with PSSI’s E&F Threat Program. An economist by training, he has held roles in research, industry, and the government sector. He served as a NATO official from 2014 to 2020, including as Defence Economist and Deputy Head of NATO’s Innovation Unit. He was the lead author of NATO’s policy White Paper on Artificial Intelligence and lead consultant to NATO for the development of the Alliance’s Artificial Intelligence Strategy. His work and scholarship have addressed a wide range of security policy topics, including energy security, economic statecraft, defence economics, hybrid threats, and technology policy in the security and defence context.
Andrew K. Davenport
Andrew Davenport is Deputy Executive Director of PSSI Washington as well as a Board Member of the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), a leading think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe focused on international security concerns. Mr. Davenport likewise serves as Chief Operating Officer of RWR Advisory Group, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that specializes on geopolitical risk management and, specifically, the economic and financial dimensions of soft power projection and hybrid warfare.
Petr Lang is a Board Member of the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI). Mr. Lang served as PSSI's Program Director from 2012 until April 2020. He has been working as PSSI’s Program Coordinator since 2006. His responsibilities include the coordination, planning and implementation of all PSSI’s programs, and he worked closely with Olda Černý, PSSI’s late Executive Director.
Pavel Ditmar is the Logistics Manager at PSSI, joining the team in October, 2012. Mr. Ditmar assists the staff with translations and correspondence support, working closely with Mr. Lang, PSSI’s Program Director.
Zack Kramer is a Research Fellow supporting PSSI’s Economic and Financial Threats Program. He is also pursuing a doctoral degree in International Relations at Charles University’s Faculty of Social Science, and is a recipient of PSSI’s Oldřich Černý Ph.D. Scholarship. His primary academic focus is political economy and economic security in the former Soviet Union countries. He holds two MA degrees, in Eastern European Studies and International Relations from the University of Bologna and Central European University, respectively, and a BBA in Finance from the University of Cincinnati.
František Avrat joined PSSI in September 2021 as an intern at the Space Security Program. Mr Avrat holds a bachelor’s degree in China Studies from Masaryk University and a master’s degree in Asia Pacific Studies from National ChengChi University in Taiwan, with a focus on the Chinese Sharp Power in Czech-Sino Relations. Currently, he is pursuing the Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in Intelligence, Security, and Strategic Studies. His main area of interest is space security, the role and tactics of the People’s Republic of China in the international system, and emerging disruptive technologies.
Zuzana Krulichová is a Project Assistant supporting PSSI’s Economic & Financial Threats Program. She is currently pursuing PhD studies at the Institute of International Studies at the Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences. Her main research area is European politics, focusing on the triangular relationship between China, Central and Eastern Europe, and the EU. She holds an MA degree in International Relations from Leiden University and an undergraduate degree from Charles University with a semester spent at University College London. She previously worked for People in Need and has been involved in several student-led projects such as Lossi36.
Jakub Pražák joined PSSI in June 2018 as a Project Assistant of the Space Security Program. Mr. Pražák is a Ph.D. candidate of International Relations at the Charles University’s Faculty of Social Studies and is a recipient of PSSI’s Ph.D. Scholarship. His research is focused primarily on space threats and offensive counterspace technology. Mr. Pražák holds two master’s degrees in Security Studies and International Relations and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Charles University. During his studies, he also spent a semester abroad at the Tallinn University in Estonia and at the Uppsala University in Sweden. Before joining PSSI, Mr. Pražák was an intern at the Ministry of Defence and at the National Cyber and Information Security Agency.