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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 missions conducted by People in Need. Mr. Horváth discussed those procedures in great detail and explained them on practical examples. The communication among NGOs working in the same area, good preparation and right setting of procedures were named as main ways how to secure the safety of humanitarian missions.

It was pointed out that those procedures have to be flexible due to the need to react to different environments. This fact was illustrated in the comparison of humanitarian missions of People in Need in Burma and Mosul. The lecture also contained Mr. Horváth's precious personal stories from humanitarian missions.

Presentation often spontaneously changed into interactive debate encouraged by the guest. The reason for possible reactions from the local community and the way how to prevent them were discussed (the incident in Zare region in Afghanistan from 2015 was reminded in that respect). Mr. Horváth mentioned that it is crucial to hold an open communication with the local population, respect native culture and not just blindly pursue NGOs goals.

Other discussed issues were the requirements for staff of People in Need, the ways how to minimize the risk of kidnapping ( a problem which recently became a serious challenge for humanitarian workers) and the reflection of UN humanitarian missions. 

'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 »

PSSI's Third 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

19.10.2017

The third Briefing Paper to come out of our 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 ... more »

PSSI publishes article on space hybrid warfare deterrence via economic and financial tools

21.09.2017

An article by PSSI’s Space Security Program Director, Dr. Jana Robinson, entitled “Deterring Chinese and Russian Space Hybrid Warfare by Economic and Financial Means” was recently published in The Space Review. It proposes that the ... more »

PSSI to host a lecture on the subject of cyber security on 18 September 2017

14.09.2017

PSSI is delighted to invite you to a lecture by Daniel P. Bagge (Director of Cyber Security Policies Department, National Cyber and Information Security Agency, Czech Republic) entitled “Cyber (in)security.” The talk will address the ... more »

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 »