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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.

RMSSP students met with George Firth, a security expert and a former member of the British 22 SAS Regiment

26.04.2017

On Tuesday, April 25, 2017, RMSSP students met with George Firth, a former member of the British 22 SAS Regiment. Mr. Firth has an extensive military and counterterrorism portfolio and delivered a lecture on Hostile Environment Awareness Training ... more »

Call for Applications: NATO Summer School 2017

12.04.2017

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PSSI held a second roundtable on Russia’s influence activities in Budapest

06.04.2017

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PSSI held its fourth Space Security Conference, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C.

30.03.2017

On March 22, 2017, PSSI held its fourth Space Security Conference, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C. The conference, entitled "Space Security: Issues for the New U.S. ... more »

PSSI Prepared Learning Unit on “Delivery Vehicles, Missile Defence and Space Security” for the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament eLearning Course

30.03.2017

The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) contributed to the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament eLearning Course prepared by the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium and funded by the European Union. In 15 different learning units, participants can be ... more »

Ondřej Horváth, a security expert of People in Need, met with RMSSP students to discuss security of humanitarian missions

29.03.2017

On March 28, RMSSP students welcomed Ondřej Horváth, a security expert of the leading Czech humanitarian organization People in Need. The deliberation started with the presentation of mechanisms assessing security threats of ... more »