Publications

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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.

The Sum of All Fears – Chinese AI Surveillance in Serbia COVERPHOTO

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.

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Security Scholars Program // Prague Security Studies Institute / 21 Dec, 2020

PSSI Perspectives

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.

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Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Alena Zikmundová, Šimon Pinkas, Vanessa Maderová / 15 Dec, 2020

Disinformation as Business: Stakeholders’ Perspective

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

‘Our brothers’, ‘our saviours’ The importance of Chinese investment for the Serbian government’s narrative of economic rebound Coverphoto

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.

PSSI PERSPECTIVES #3 - International Investment Bank Report

The Prague Security Studies Institute continues its PSSI Perspectives series of regular short memos on select security-related topics. 

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Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Šimon Pinkas, Prague Security Studies Institut / 2 Oct, 2020

PSSI Perspectives #2 - Infodemic and Disinformation

The Prague Security Studies Institute continues its PSSI Perspectives, regular short memos on select security-related topics. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Regional Security Program // Barbora Chrzová, Petr Čermák, Prague Security Studies Institute / 31 Aug, 2020

PSSI Perspectives #1 - China in the Western Balkans

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.

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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. 

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Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Šimon Pinkas, Adam Novák a Dominika Urhová / 1 Aug, 2020

Case Study of Disinformation Related to Coronavirus

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.

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Economic & Financial Threat Program // Petr Lang, Tomáš Koutský, Ondřej Černý / 19 Jul, 2020

Nejen Huawei: Čínské firmy a naše bezpečnost

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. 

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Space Security Program // Jana Robinson, Ph.D., Tereza Barbora Kupková, Patrik Martínek / 24 Jun, 2020

Strategic Competition for Space Partnerships and Markets

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, together with her team, contributed an article to the second edition of the Handbook of Space Security by Springer Publishing International. The article, entitled “Strategic Competition for Space Partnerships and Markets”, was recently released (link available here).
 
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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)

How Disinformation Impacts Private Companies

There are various actors creating and disseminating disinformation targeting businesses. These actors broadly fit into three categories: trolls, profiteers, and foreign flags.

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Regional Security Program // Jonáš SyrovátkaJonáš Syrovátka, Julie Vinklová, Lindsay Wojtula a Alena Zikmundová / 31 Mar, 2020

Studie Dezinformace jako Byznys

Dezinformace mohou kromě společenského problému představovat i lákavý byznys. Jeden z hlavních způsobů monetizace představuje poskytování prostoru pro reklamu na problematických webech. Firmy, které reklamu platí, často ani neví, kde se objevuje. Kromě neefektivně vynaložených marketingových rozpočtů ale riskují i poškození značky.
 
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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.

Blogpost introducing the initiative Fair Advertising warning private companies that their advertisement appeared on websites spreading conspiracy theories.

Most businesses are not well acquainted with where their advertisements appear. A growing number of initiatives are opening a public debate about ethical advertising and the monetization of hate and fear content.
 
New Cyber Security Study

Security Scholars Program // Berta Jarošová, Tomáš Koutský & Ondřej Černý / 15 Jan, 2020

(Cyber) Security and Financial Sector in the Czech Republic

The Prague Security Studies Institute has published a new study focusing on cyber security in the financial sector.

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Regional Security Program // Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) and Center for Propaganda and Disinformation Analysis (CAPD) / 5 Jan, 2020

Strategic Communication in Czech Republic and Poland: Comparison of Perspectives and Practices

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. 

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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

State Actor Strategies in Attracting Space Sector Partnerships: Chinese and Russian Economic and Financial Footprints

This is the executive summary of the document that tracks and visually maps, as well as analyses space-related transactions of China and Russia globally over a number of years. It concludes that these two countries have been pro-actively seeking international space partnerships that are, however, often uneven, potentially exposing countries to a phenomenon that PSSI terms ‘space sector capture’.