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The Final Publication of the Project "Western Balkans at the Crossroads: Assessing Influences of Non-Western External Actors" Is Out!

29.05.2019

The publication covers engagement of all major non-Western actors actively present in the region – Russia, Turkey, China, the Gulf States and Iran – in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), North Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo.

What objectives and strategic gains, if any, do non-Western actors aim to achieve? Which means do they employ and what are the particular consequences of their involvement? Are external engagements undermining the fragile internal stability of the Western Balkan countries? Or is it a promising market at the gateway to Europe, with an accommodating political and business environment they are aiming at? Are their strategic interests and modes of conduct contradictory to those of the EU and US ones or is it possible to find common ground?

The publication sheds more light on these questions and provides a comprehensive overview and more detailed understanding of selected external actors’ involvement in the five post-Yugoslav non-EU member countries. It strives to avoid an oversimplifying black-and-white view and conventional judgments, which either portray non-Western external engagements as inherently malign and threatening or uncritically champion them as a counterweight to Western dominance. Instead, it aims to investigate the topic with analytical precision and sensitivity to local contexts, providing for assessments of the real motivations, extent, and consequences of external actors’ involvement.

Find out more about the project here. The project is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.

PSSI US Capital Markets Triumph

12.05.2020

The White House has made a major move to stop the imminent transfer of some $50 billion of  US federal pension funds into a new stock index that includes a number of U.S.-sanctioned Chinese companies and other corporate national security and human ... more »

Former Principal Assistant to the US Air Force Secretary for Space Delivers Guest Lecture for PSSI’s Space Security Course

27.04.2020

On April 27, 2020, Dr. John P. Stopher, a Senior Fellow supporting PSSI’s Space Security Program, previously serving as the Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Space, delivered a guest lecture entitled “The United States ... more »

Invitation: Guest Lecture on the United States Space Force

21.04.2020

The Prague Security Studies Institute invites you to a public guest lecture by Dr John P. Stopher, Senior Fellow supporting PSSI’s Space Security Program and former Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force for Space , on the topic ... more »

Disinformation Pandemic - New Project Monitors Disinformation Narratives Related to Covid-19

11.04.2020

The goal of this project is to monitor the coverage of coronavirus pandemic on the Czech websites known to be spreading disinformation, misinformation and other contested content with the aim of identifying main narratives, authors and patterns of spreading ... more »

PSSI Staff Announcements

01.04.2020

With deep gratitude for his 13 years of dedicated service to PSSI, all of us at the Prague Security Studies Institute wish to bid a fond farewell to our dear friend and colleague, Petr Lang, who has decided to pursue new career opportunities. After the ... more »

New Study on Disinformation Business Model

01.04.2020

PSSI published a new study analyzing advertising revenues of Czech websites spreading disinformation. The study also takes a look at both international and domestic initiatives dealing with the topic. The authors of the study introduce a newly ... more »