Regional Security Program // Stefan Jojić / 15 Jan, 2021
This paper provides original insight into Turkey's engagement in the Serbia's Sandžak region with a particular focus on locals' understanding of the Turkish presence. Its findings are based on extensive field research and confirm the divergence between the perceptions of ethnic Serbs citizens and political elites, and their Bosniak counterparts. However, the study also shows that the Bosniak elites are not homogenous in their view of the Turkish presence in solely positive terms and that Turkey's reputation among the Bosniaks of Sandžak is instrumentalized by local political-interest groups in their mutual clashes.
Regional Security Program // PSSI / 30 Dec, 2020
This paper focuses on the introduction of the Smart City surveillance project in Belgrade, done in cooperation with the Chinese technology company Huawei. It aims to shed light on the ongoing discussions about the use of Chinese technology by Serbian authorities and reviews the concerns shared by some civil society representatives about the use of cutting-edge Chinese technology.
As an educational, research and analytical public policy Institution, PSSI is committed to enriching – and shaping – the Transatlantic security policy debate, especially in more underdeveloped issue portfolios, like the Economic and Financial (E&F) Threat Domain and Space Security, areas in which PSSI enjoys a global leadership position in the NGO community. The Institute also has a long history of tracking several regional security issues.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Alena Zikmundová, Šimon Pinkas, Vanessa Maderová / 15 Dec, 2020
In a previous study PSSI researchers outlined how disinformation works as a lucrative business for various media platforms. One of their most significant sources of revenue is online advertisement. Fortunately, PR agencies and private companies are increasingly aware of this problem.
Economic & Financial Threat Program // Maarten Visser and Zack Kramer, Prague Security Studies Institute / 11 Dec, 2020
This new addition to the PSSI perspectives reacts to the suspension of Jack Ma’s Ant Financial Group on the Chinese Stock Exchanges, on November 3rd, 2020. Drawing on groundbreaking research conducted by our partner RWR Advisory Group, this perspective provides unique insights into the motivations behind the suspension, and, beyond, it offers a forensic analysis which exposes Ant Group’s reprehensible character.
Regional Security Program // Ognjan Denkovski / 3 Dec, 2020
This study brings a new perspective into how domestic and foreign actors’ propaganda methods for disinformation can be used on a social media platform – Twitter. On a case study of North Macedonia during a period close to the 2020 parliamentary election, the author applies original botnet identification techniques to identify a large network of users created in the run-up to the election and sympathetic to VMRO-DPMNE (the country’s right-wing party) and opposed to N. Macedonia’s NATO and EU integration.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Šimon Pinkas / 19 Nov, 2020
A new PSSI study based on data gathered from the research project “Voices of Central and Eastern Europe” aims to describe profiles, attitudes and values of those Czech citizens who believe in conspiracy theories.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka / 18 Nov, 2020
Disinformation continues to be one of the greatest challenges the Western democracies currently face, testing their integrity, cohesion and resilience. With social networks representing an important medium when it comes to their spreading, it is important to understand how exactly disinformation manifests itself when it comes to the way it circulates on the network and influences its users.
Regional Security Program // Martin Naunov / 9 Nov, 2020
This paper explores the “East vs. West” debate in North Macedonia and challenges the often shared notion that the majority of North Macedonians are united in favoring the country's Euro-Atlantic integration. By analyzing survey data, the study shows that ethnic Macedonians are significantly split on the geopolitical direction their country should take, and that partisanship is an important factor in this divide. This polarization is at least in part attributable to cueing from party elites, despite the claim by all major parties that they are pro-Western.
Economic & Financial Threat Program // Filip Lukáš / 6 Nov, 2020
This new addition to the PSSI Perspectives goes over the 5G technology supplier selection in Germany. Unlike many other European countries, Germany has not yet decided whether it would allow Chinese companies to build the 5G networks. It is a pressing issue dividing the government coalition that should be resolved this month of November. This Perspective presents the current regulation, key actors and their standing on the issue.
Regional Security Program // Tena Prelec / 29 Oct, 2020
The study analyses how the ruling party in Serbia has used the country’s increasing economic cooperation with non-Western powers to promote its own ‘winning’ narrative. The author brings new insights into how the Serbian leadership has used the topic of economic renaissance in relation to a narrative depicting economic salvation by foreign friends coming to the rescue to further its political power. It is shown that this role, initially played by the United Arab Emirates, was assumed by China in the second part of the 2010s.
Economic & Financial Threat Program // Zack Kramer / 22 Oct, 2020
The Prague Security Studies Institute continues its PSSI Perspectives series of regular short memos on select security-related topics.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Šimon Pinkas, Prague Security Studies Institut / 2 Oct, 2020
The Prague Security Studies Institute continues its PSSI Perspectives, regular short memos on select security-related topics.
Space Security Program // Jana Robinson / 10 Sep, 2020
Dr. Jana Robinson’s article “Arctic Space Challenge for NATO Emerging from China’s Economic and Financial Assertiveness” was published in the 30th edition of the Journal of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre.
Regional Security Program // Srećko Latal / 1 Sep, 2020
The paper assesses the impact of COVID-19 on different external influences, which have already been steadily increasing in recent years, in the six Western Balkan countries. It offers insights into different forms and levels of engagement by Russia, China, Turkey as well as the US and the EU, establishing a better understanding of their agendas and strategies, and also providing data for future research on and analyses of this topic.
Regional Security Program // Srećko Latal / 1 Sep, 2020
The paper identifies and analyses opportunities and challenges, which the EU is facing in the region as it tries to regain its leverage there. It starts from the oft-repeated premise that of all foreign actors, only the EU has the capacity to gradually stabilize and normalize the Balkans, examines the roots of the acute misunderstanding and miscommunication between EU and Balkan officials and outlines possible recommendations that could help the EU in tackling Balkan challenges.
Regional Security Program // Barbora Chrzová, Petr Čermák, Prague Security Studies Institute / 31 Aug, 2020
The Prague Security Studies Institute introduces PSSI Perspectives. These will be regular short memos on select security-related topics, including breaking developments affecting Czech and regional security, Chinese and Russian business transactions or projects of strategic and/or security concern, and the attraction of U.S. and European capital and investments by corporate “bad actors” of adversary states.
Economic & Financial Threat Program // PSSI / 13 Aug, 2020
In an August 10 report, PSSI critiques the five recommendations of the U.S. Presidential Working Group on Financial Markets addressing risk-related concerns regarding China.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Šimon Pinkas, Adam Novák a Dominika Urhová / 1 Aug, 2020
Societies in crises tend to be more suspicious, confused and susceptible to false stories. In this regard, the current Coronavirus pandemic represents a tremendous challenge. The governments are confronted with tackling not only COVID-19 impact on the public health, but also on the information space where disinformation and misinformation has already caused a lot of confusion in an already critical situation.
Economic & Financial Threat Program // Petr Lang, Tomáš Koutský, Ondřej Černý / 19 Jul, 2020
Pokud chceme být zemí budoucnosti založenou na využití moderních technologií, musíme si uvědomovat komplexní rizika spojená s jejich užíváním. Naše aktuální studie se v tomto kontextu zaměřuje především na čínské technologické firmy, které české či spojenecké instituce vyhodnotily jako potenciálně rizikové s ohledem na národní bezpečnost.
Space Security Program // Jana Robinson, Ph.D., Tereza Barbora Kupková, Patrik Martínek / 24 Jun, 2020
Space Security Program // Jana Robinson, Ph.D. / 29 Apr, 2020
PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, contributed as an editor to the second edition of the Handbook of Space Security by Springer Publishing International. Her chapter introduction, entitled “Space Security Policies and Strategies of States”, was released in June 2020. (link available here)
Regional Security Program // Lindsay Wojtula / 25 Apr, 2020
There are various actors creating and disseminating disinformation targeting businesses. These actors broadly fit into three categories: trolls, profiteers, and foreign flags.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš SyrovátkaJonáš Syrovátka, Julie Vinklová, Lindsay Wojtula a Alena Zikmundová / 31 Mar, 2020
Economic & Financial Threat Program // Eva Faltusová / 30 Mar, 2020
Building up a new nuclear unit or reconstructing an existing one is a project carrying national security implications. In a series of blog posts, we will be having a closer look at specific recent projects.
Regional Security Program // Alena Zikmundová / 29 Mar, 2020
Blogpost introducing the initiative Fair Advertising warning private companies that their advertisement appeared on websites spreading conspiracy theories.
Security Scholars Program // Berta Jarošová, Tomáš Koutský & Ondřej Černý / 15 Jan, 2020
The Prague Security Studies Institute has published a new study focusing on cyber security in the financial sector.
Regional Security Program // Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) and Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis (CAPD) / 5 Jan, 2020
In a world characterised by the decline of traditional media and the expansion of social networks, strategic communication is an invaluable tool for building trust between citizens and state institutions.
Space Security Program // Jana Robinson Ph.D, Roger W. Robinson Jr., Andrew K. Davenport, Tereza B. Kupková, Patrik Martínek, Samuel A. Emmerling, Angela Marzorati / 16 Jun, 2019