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 was 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.
Office and Communication Manager
Anna Švidroňová is an Office and Communication Manager at PSSI. She holds a master's degree in Editorial Work and Publishing from Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra. Ms. Švidroňová has previously worked as a web editor for Teraz.sk and as an English to Slovak translator in publishing.
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.
Kristína Šefčíková joined PSSI in April 2021 and works as a Project Manager for the Regional Security Program. Her areas of focus are disinformation, strategic communication and foreign malign influence. She holds two master’s degrees in International Relations and English Language and Literature from Masaryk University in Brno where she focused on nationalist discourse and propaganda. Ms. Šefčíková previously interned in a Slovak MEP’s office, at GLOBSEC, STRATPOL – Strategic Policy institute, and Forum 2000. Her current topics of interest within the disinformation portfolio are hostile narratives about the war in Ukraine, business models of media spreading disinformation, as well as the Green Deal and energy security.
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, and a Master’s degree in International Politics and Diplomacy from the Prague University of Economics and Business. 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.
Kristína Sikoraiová joined PSSI in February 2020, supporting the Space Security 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. In her bachelor's thesis, Kristína focused on the expansion of the global influence of the PRC through the space sector. Prior to joining the Institute, she 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.
Frantisek Avrat is a Project Coordinator supporting 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. He also holds 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.
Petr Jan Vinš
Petr Jan Vinš is PSSI’s Project Coordinator in the Regional Security Program. His areas of expertise are monitoring and countering disinformation, information security, strategic communication and hybrid warfare. He joined PSSI in April 2022 after spending several years in a senior position in the NGO sector. He holds Master's degree in Religious Studies and Doctorate in Theology from the Charles University in Prague and Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Bern, Switzerland.
Natália Tkáčová joined PSSI in June 2022 and works as a Project Coordinator for the Regional Security Program, focusing on disinformation, hybrid threats, and malign foreign influence. She holds two master's degrees in International Relations from Matej Bel University and Metropolitan University Prague.
Markéta Slavková, Ph.D. is a Project Coordinator at PSSI Regional Security Program. She specializes in the discipline of sociocultural anthropology with a focus on topics of food, war, nationalism, transnationalism and identity. In her doctoral studies she carried out a long-term ethnographic fieldwork in Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Iveta Vancáková is a Project Coordinator at PSSI. She holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University Banska in Ostrava. In January 2022 she was appointed as Policy Coordinator for Visegrad Countries (V4) of the World Uyghur Congress. Her main area of interest is to defend democratic values and to promote The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Focusing now on Human Rights violation in China.
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.
Jakub Pražák is a Research Fellow in the PSSI’s Space Security Program, which he joined as a Project Assistant in June 2018. Mr. Pražák is a Ph.D. candidate in International Relations at the Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences 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 Charles University. Throughout his education, he also studied abroad at Tallinn University in Estonia and 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.
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 event production and takes care of the smooth running of our office.
Tamara Grabovac is a Project Assistant for the Regional Security Program, where she focuses on projects relating to the Balkans. Tamara is a native speaker of Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian and has relevant expertise in the political and social issues of the Western Balkans.
Elias Sköld is a Project Assistant supporting the Economic and Financial Threat Program, focusing on China. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Chinese Studies, having written his thesis on how recent breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence influenced the Chinese government's policy practices. He is currently pursuing an Erasmus Mundus Master's Degree in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies. Elias' research interests focus on high level political decision-making, disruptive technologies, and climate change and its geopolitical consequences.
Kelig Chappuis is a Project Assistant for the Space Security Program. He is currently finishing his Master’s Degree in Security, Intelligence and Strategic Studies at Charles University, with a research focus on intelligence in peacekeeping operations. He also served as a special forces communications officer in the Swiss Army and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Forensic Science.
Ladislav Baranyay, a Project Assistant for the Security Scholars Program, holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Economic Relations. His final thesis explored the topic of Japanese-Chinese relations in a historical perspective. Additionally, he is currently completing his Master’s Degree at the Faculty of International Relations of the Prague University of Economics and Business.