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Mark Galeotti, a research fellow at the IIR in Prague, met with RMSSP students to discuss Russian foreign and security policy

01.03.2017

On February 28, RMSSP students welcomed Mark Galeotti, research fellow at the Institute of International Relations in Prague.

The deliberation started with brief overview of Russian foreign and security policy. It was pointed out that the domestic conditions play important role in the formulation of foreign policy. Therefore the functional dynamics of current Russian political system was presented at the first place. According to Mr. Galeotti the general goal of President Vladimir Putin and its close associates is to gain and maintain power. However there is no “big strategy” for achieving this goal and spontaneous actions and activities of middle-ranking regime supporters are desired and welcomed.    

Russian ambitions and Western perception of universal world order are incompatible, which leads to confrontation that is likely to be long-lasting. Russia uses wide scale of undercover tools (such as propaganda, corruption, support of anti-establishment movements) during this confrontation. Its strategy does not have to lead to military confrontation, that is often wrongly expected by Western thinkers who are too fixed to the case of Crimea. Despite strong rhetoric are Russian sources very limited and it is a question how long it could continue with a campaign of such scale.

The following discussion was focused on several subjects. Great attention was dedicated to the activities of Russian security services in Europe. It was mentioned that security services are eager to use every possibility to enforce its goals (including collaboration with the organized crime) and its actions are often carried out without knowledge of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Prague embassy was also discussed in connection with this subject. Mr. Galeotti also spoke about disinformation campaign and "fake news" phenomena and recalled that the variety of opinions is a fundament of the democratic order which should not be forgotten.

Another discussed topic was Russian policy in specific regions. Mr. Galotti presented its views on Russian role in the Middle East (mainly in Syria), perspectives of further relations with China, prospects for Central Asia and situation in the Arctic.

Senior Fellow and Former Executive Director Petr Pelz Departs PSSI.

19.01.2018

In the course of his distinguished career, Ambassador Pelz served as a Secretary of the National Intelligence Committee, Chief of the Military Intelligence Service and Director of Defence Intelligence of the Czech Republic. He was also ... more »

PSSI publishes a new study comparing the Czech and Polish approaches to China

31.12.2017

The study titled "Comparing the Czech-Polish Approach to China: Assessing Both Challenges and Opportunities from the Security-Minded Perspective" was prepared in collaboration with our Polish partners from the Centre for International Relations ... more »

PSSI Contributes to Mitchell Institute’s Policy Paper on Major Space Policy Issues

05.12.2017

PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, contributed to a study entitled “Major Policy Issues in Evolving Global Space Operations” that was released during a panel discussion hosted by the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace ... more »

PSSI's new publication "United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Kremlin's Leverage in the Visegrad Countries" is now available!

28.11.2017

"United We Stand, Divided We Fall: The Kremlin's Leverage in the Visegrad Countries" maps out Kremlin’s regional ploys and compares the different approaches Russia uses for the Central European countries. Executive summaries also ... more »

'Harsh Expectations Versus a Modest Reality' - the final publication of the project "Economic Relations Between the Visegrad Countries and Russia: Before and After Ukraine" is now available.

06.11.2017

The Russian annexation of Crimea and its involvement in the war in Eastern Ukraine represented a major shift in relations with Russia for the Visegrad countries. The tensions between Russia and the West had a significant impact on mutual economic ties ... more »

PSSI and Charles University to hold three public lectures on space security

22.10.2017

PSSI and Charles University’s Institute of Political Studies, in collaboration with the American Center, are organizing a series of three public lectures on the topic of space security. On November 8, an international law expert and Czech diplomat ... more »