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Jan Urban, journalist and disident, met with RMSSP students to discuss media and democracy

15.03.2017

On March 14, RMSSP students welcomed Jan Urban, journalist and one of the leading figures of Czech dissent.  

The deliberation started with an overview of the influence of technological innovations on journalism. According to Mr. Urban, this influence is rather negative because it forces journalists to make news shorter and more emotional. The change of the format of media information leads also to degradation of the audience. Nowadays the society is more tend to be divided into social bubbles, which are not able to understand each other. This situation poses a serious threat to democratic systems. 

The specific features of Czech media landscape were also discussed. Mr. Urban pointed out that aside from the usual problems with finances, the influence of the owners and lack of continuity, the key problem lays in fundaments of Czech society. Its homogeneity and lack of historical self-awareness make it more vulnerable to uncertainties which we are facing now.

Presented opinions induced vivid discussion. It was mentioned that modern technologies can also have a positive effect on public debate. Mr. Urban admitted that it can happen, but warned of too optimistic appraisal of the situation and noted that a great uncertainty remains in the current rapid development.  

The situation in Czech media was also discussed in detail. Mr. Urban shared with RMSSP students his personal experience that cleared up the current very difficult position of journalists.

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 »