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PSSI launches a project on identification of instruments for the protection of the Czech Republic from the non-standard economic behavior of the Russian Federation

24.05.2017

The use of economic and financial instruments to achieve political goals is an important element of the foreign, defense and development policies of each state. The way in which this power is exercised externally or how it treats foreign investors, almost without exception depends on its political and economic establishment. Differences are manifested in times of increased political and economic tension, such as Russia, on the one hand, and the European Union and NATO, on the other, when strategically motivated attempts are being made to strengthen Russia's economic and political influence in the individual EU Member States and NATO.

The objective of these activities, which are often presented as standard business transactions, may be to obtain control of a foreign state or a private (but closely linked) firm over significant enterprises or entire sectors of the national economy, access to control systems and technologies necessary for state security Infrastructure) and often unfair competition (theft of intellectual property) threatening economic competitiveness.

The project should fill this gap by monitoring Russian acquisitions and investments in strategic projects not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Slovakia, Germany and Poland, and then regularly reporting on the importance of these activities. The monitoring will take the form of four briefing papers that will monitor the activities of Russian companies in the various sectors of the economy.

The second part of the project will outline the existing mechanisms available to the Czech state to regulate the entry of foreign companies into strategic sectors. Since some European politicians are already talking about the need to establish a European control mechanism of this type, it is important that the discussion on this issue will be launched in the Czech Republic as soon as possible.

The project is supported by the Open Society Fund Prague.

More information about the project is available only in the Czech language here.

PSSI Held a Closed Roundtable on Unconventional Threats to Europe’s Space Operations

18.05.2018

On May 18, 2018, PSSI convened in Prague a closed roundtable entitled “Responding to Unconventional Threats to Europe’s Space Operation”. The event discussed challenges related to what we termed “space hybrid operations”, ... more »

PSSI, Charles University’s Institute of Political Studies, and American Center Organized a Public Lecture on Space Security

18.05.2018

PSSI was delighted to welcome on May 18, 2018, Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Chief Strategy Officer at the European Space Agency (ESA) as the guest lecturer at the Space Security Course accredited within the Charles University’s Master’s Degree in ... more »

PSSI is launching a new project focusing on China

17.05.2018

PSSI is pleased to announce the launch of its newest project - Comparative Analysis of the  Approach Towards China: V4+ and One Belt One Road (OBOR). China's charm offensive across the Visegrad region and the Balkans has been unprecedented ... more »

PSSI to hold a public lecture on space security (May 18, 2018)

10.05.2018

PSSI and Charles University’s Institute of Political Studies, in collaboration with the American Center, will hold a public lecture on space security.  Chief Strategy Officer of the European Space Agency (ESA) Kai-Uwe Schrogl ... more »

PSSI has launched a new project: "Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Assessing Non-Democratic External Influence Activities"

07.05.2018

The project will seek to identify, analyze and publicize Russian, Chinese, Turkish, and Gulf State influence activities and sharp power in the Balkans. PSSI will specifically focus on malign foreign influence in five post-Yugoslav and not-EU ... more »

Dr. Martina Šmuclerová Joins PSSI

04.05.2018

PSSI is pleased to announce that Dr. Martina Šmuclerová, a former diplomat and international lawyer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, has joined the Institute as a Senior Fellow. Dr. Šmuclerová will ... more »