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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. 

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

NATO SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 13th Annual PSSI Summer School, in cooperation with NATO Public Diplomacy Division and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. “NATO in the Age of Hybrid Warfare“ July 9-15, 2017 (Měřín, ... more »

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

06.04.2017

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 »

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 »

PSSI held a conference "Civilians in Multilateral Missions" with its Serbian partner ISAC Fund

23.03.2017

On March 16–17 PSSI, in cooperation with its Serbian partner ISAC Fund held a conference "Civilians in Multilateral Missions" at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The conference was a key event within the ... more »