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Roger W. Robinson, Chairman and Co-Founder of PSSI, met with RMSSP students to discuss economic and financial warfare

07.03.2017

On March 6, RMSSP students welcomed Roger W. Robinson, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Prague Security Studies Institute.

At the beginning of the lecture, Mr. Robinson pointed out that economy is one of the main dimensions of hybrid warfare and it is going to be a crucial battlefield in the future. Unfortunately, at the moment it is overlooked by Western countries despite the fact that China and Russia are very active in this field. Those states are using legally-gained ownership of strategic companies for putting a pressure on governments in countries of their interest. Therefore the economy must be perceived not only as purely business affair but also as a matter of national security.

The unique software instrument operated by RWR Advisory Group for tracking potential dangerous economic activities was presented and its efficiency was shown in various examples. Mr. Robison also dedicated a serious attention to the situation on the Black Sea that could be the flashpoint of international crises due to Russian ambition to extract local gas and oil reserves belonging to Ukraine.

During the discussion, Mr. Robinson pointed out that it is impossible to distinguish between purely business interest and investment that is led by politic consideration because the economical connection can be always misused. This fact was illustrated by the example of a mutually beneficial economic connection between China and South Korea, which was later suspended by China due to political reasons. The offensive capability of economic warfare was also discussed. It was concluded that despite its effectiveness it has to be used carefully because the intervention to the international economic system could have a global damaging impact.

The opportunity for small countries (particularly the Czech Republic) in the economic warfare was also mentioned. According to Mr. Robinson, despite limited capacities, small countries should take actions that will allow them to have control over the transactions occurring on their territory, too.

PSSI's Second Briefing Paper in the Project Identification of Instruments for the Protection of the Czech Republic from the Non-standard Economic Behavior of the Russian Federation

19.07.2017

The second Briefing Paper of the project "Identification of Instruments for the Protection of the Czech Republic from the Non-standard Economic Behavior of the Russian Federation" is now available! This time we focus on "The Role of Russian ... more »

The Call for Applications to Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program (RMSSP) 2017/2018 is Now Open!

17.07.2017

Are you interested in international and domestic security affairs? Would you like to become a well-equipped professional capable of understanding the complex national security problems and foreign policy issues of the 21st century? Apply to the Robinson-Martin ... more »

PSSI launched its 13th NATO Summer School in Měřín, Czech Republic

10.07.2017

In cooperation with NATO's Public Diplomacy Division, PSSI kicked off its 13th NATO summer school “NATO in the Age of Hybrid Warfare“, which is being held between July 9 - 15, 2017 in Měřín. Over 20 security-minded students from ... more »

PSSI Contributed to CIR Report "Information warfare in the Internet"

03.07.2017

PSSI contributed to the publication "Information warfare in the Internet: Countering Pro-Kremlin Disinformation in the CEE Countries"  that offers recommendations such as teaching children to distinguish fake news from the real ones; naming ... more »

PSSI and the Czech MFA Held a Conference on "Fifteen Years of Czech Presence in Civilian Missions"

19.06.2017

On June 19, 2017, PSSI joined forces with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the first involvement of the Czech Republic in civilian missions of the EU and OSCE in a one-day conference that was held at ... more »

PSSI released a video from the second rountable on Russia's influence activities

15.06.2017

On April 5, PSSI and CEID co-organized a closed-door roundtable that presented preliminary findings from two ongoing projects – “The Development of Economic Relations Between V4 and Russia: Before and After Ukraine” and “Raising ... more »