PSSI staff

Roger W. Robinson, Jr.

Chairman and Co-Founder

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rrobinson at pssiwashington.org

Roger W. Robinson, Jr. is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prague Strategic 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.

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Jana Robinson

Managing Director

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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 2014. 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.

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Boris Kaliský

Director of Operations

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kalisky at pssi.cz

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.

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Oldřich Černý

In memoriam - Executive director

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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.

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Jonáš Syrovátka

Program Manager

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syrovatka at pssi.cz

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.

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Barbora Chrzová

Program Manager

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Barbora Chrzová is a Program Manager at PSSI. Her research interests include politics and society in the Balkans and Putin’s Russia with a special focus on the politics of identity and propaganda.

Mrs. Chrzová studies PhD program at the Institute of International Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and she holds a Master’s degree in Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies from the same Institute. She is also about to finish another Master degree in Political Theory and Contemporary History at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University. During her studies she spent a semester abroad at University College London and University of Sarajevo where she conducted research for her Master’s thesis.

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Petr Čermák

Project Coordinator

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cermak at pssi.cz

Petr Čermák joined the team of the "Western Balkans at the Crossroads" project run by the PSSI as a coordinator in April 2020. He is a PhD candidate in International Relations at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno and junior researcher at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. His research is focused on the role of ethnic politics and power-sharing mechanisms in post-conflict areas of the Western Balkans, with a special emphasis on its local level dimensions. He has conducted extensive field research in different regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

 

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Jan Faltys

Project Coordinator

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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.

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Frank Asbeck

Senior Fellow

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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.

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John P. Stopher

Senior Fellow

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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.

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Andrew K. Davenport

Board Member

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.

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Petr Lang

Board Member

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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. 

 

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Pavel Ditmar

Logistics Manager

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ditmar at pssi.cz

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.

 

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Kateřina Krejčířová

PR Coordinator

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krejcirova at pssi.cz

Kateřina Krejčířová is a PR Coordinator at PSSI. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and American studies from Charles University in Prague. In the course of her undergraduate 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.

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Zack Kramer

Research Fellow

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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.

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Vanessa Maderova

Project Assistant

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Vanessa Maderova has been a Project Assistant at PSSI since October 2020. Vanessa is a candidate for a BSc in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she is writing a thesis on Russian cultural influence in Slovakia. She is also engaged in undergraduate studies in Philosophy at Charles University. Since 2019, she has been the director of Central European Conference in London, a leading Czech and Slovak student initiative, and throughout the years has interned in various NGOs and think-tanks, a government body and a consultancy.

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Patrik Martínek

Program Assistant

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Patrik Martínek is a Program Assistant 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. His bachelor thesis focused on the current general trends in space security.

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Šimon Pinkas

Project Assistant

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Šimon Pinkas joined the PSSI as a project assistant in August of 2019. He focuses on the topics of disinformation and strategic communication. He obtained a  bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International relations from Charles University and is currently pursuing s a master’s degree in Security Studies at the same institution. His main areas of interests are hybrid warfare and intelligence.

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Jakub Pražák

Project Assistant

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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.

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Kristína Sikoraiová

Project Assistant

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sikoraiova at pssi.cz

Kristína Sikoraiová joined PSSI as a Project Assistant in February 2020, supporting the Space Security Program. Ms. Sikoraiová is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies and Diplomacy at the University of Economics in Prague. She also had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad 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 and conflict studies in general.

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Maarten Visser

Project Assistant

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Maarten Visser joined PSSI in September 2020 as a project assistant, supporting the Economic and Financial Threat program. Maarten is currently pursuing a joint master's degree in Security, Intelligence, and Strategic Studies at the University of Glasgow, Dublin City University, and Charles University. Additionally, he holds a master's degree in International & European Tax Law from the University of Amsterdam and has extensive professional experience in international law, finance and taxation. His main foci are economic security, financial crime and counter-terrorism. Maarten published several articles related to these topics and has been both a research fellow and an editor for the Research Distillery, a student-led think tank. 

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Alena Zikmundová

Project Assistant

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Alena Zikmundová joined PSSI as a Project Assistant in September 2019. She is an econometrics and operations research graduate from the University of Economics in Prague. Her primary focus is on disinformation projects and she is one of the co-founders of project Fair Advertising, a Twitter account which highlights private companies advertising on disinformation websites.

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