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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 accelerating counterspace threat posed by China and Russia to U.S. and allied space operations should be properly termed “space hybrid warfare”, as it possesses the same basic characteristics as its terrestrial counterparts -- probing the boundaries of provocative behavior just short of eliciting consequential U.S. and allied retribution. It suggests that this revised mindset for viewing counterspace activities offers a better opportunity for quicker development – as such contingency planning is presently moving at a perilously slow pace in most countries other than perhaps the United States.

The article also puts forward an expanded menu of cross-domain responses to space-related provocations/disruptive actions, notably in the economic and financial (E&F) domain, China’s and Russia’s ultimate source of political viability (e.g. the global markets). Facts cited in the piece are largely drawn from an open-source analytical software tool that tracks and visually maps all transactions of Russian and Chinese state-controlled enterprises (and their networks of subsidiaries) worldwide on a daily basis. Among the major advantages of crafting responses to space threats or hostile acts in the E&F domain is that they do not necessarily require official sanctions, much less kinetic action. To access the article, click here

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 »