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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. 

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 »