The Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI) is a non-profit, non-governmental public policy organization established in early 2002. PSSI’s mission is to build an ever-growing group of informed and security-minded policy practitioners dedicated to the development and safeguarding of democratic institutions and values in the Czech Republic, other post-communist states and beyond. PSSI offers programs that equip new generations of young leaders with the skills to manage the complex, security-related challenges of the 21st century.To fulfill its mission, PSSI conducts a range of educational activities under its Security Scholars Program, Space Security Program, Economic and Financial Statecraft Program and Energy Security Program. PSSI aims to identify and analyze less understood foreign policy and security policy issues/developments involving Europe, the U.S. and other theaters of the world, and to propose sound, achievable policy prescriptions to address these and other security concerns. Its foremost interest remains, however, preserving and expanding the hard-fought freedoms of the Czech Republic and other post-communist states.
Tomáš Kulda - Project Manager
Tomáš Kulda is PSSI’s Project Manager. He joined PSSI in Spring 2012 and has been involved in organizing most of PSSI’s events and training sessions since joining the Institute. He also heads PSSI’s Energy Security Program and is responsible for the Interagency Civilian-Military Training program.
Mr. Kulda's research interests include the EU‘s energy security architecture, with an emphasis on the role of nuclear power in the European energy sector.He holds an undergraduate degree in International Area Studies from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and a Master's degree in European Studies from the same faculty. Prior academic experiences include a semester abroad at Sciences-po in Paris, where he studied European security. He is an alumnus of the Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program.
Petr Lang - Program Director
Petr Lang is Program Director of the Prague Security Studies Institute. Mr. Lang has been working as PSSI’s Program Coordinator since 2006. His responsibilities include the coordination, planning and implementation of all PSSI’s programs, and he worked closely with Olda Černý, PSSI’s late Executive Director.
Mr. Lang has, to date, focused on energy security, breaking geopolitical developments and the nexus of global economics/finance and national security concerns. He has also coordinated major events in a number of other policy areas (e.g missile defense, space security etc.). Prior to joining PSSI, he served as Fundraising and Human Resources Coordinator at the Forum 2000 Foundation in Prague and as the Editor at the People in Need Foundation. In 2009-2010, Mr. Lang also lectured on the EU’s energy security policies at Metropolitan University in Prague.He holds an advanced MA degree (PhDr.) in political science from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and has published periodically on subjects in his field.
Jana Robinson - Senior Fellow
Jana Robinson is currently a Senior Fellow and Space Security Program Director at the Prague Security Studies Institute. She previously served as a Space Policy Officer at the EU’s European External Action Service (EEAS) in Brussels. She simultaneously served as a Space Security Advisor to the Czech Foreign Ministry, seconded to the EEAS. From 2009 to 2013, Ms. Robinson was a Resident Fellow at the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI), seconded from the European Space Agency (ESA), and led the Institute’s Space Security Research Programme. Prior to joining ESPI, she served as Development Director at PSSI from 2005 to 2009, and administered its affiliate organization in Washington DC, PSSI Washington. She holds an MA in Asian Studies from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, and an MA in Chinese Studies from Palacky University. She received scholarships to attend the International Space University’s (ISU) 2009 Space Studies Program (SSP09), the 2008 Summer Training Course at the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, and a one-year course of study at Shanghai University 1999-2000.
Roger W. Robinson Jr. - Chairman of the Board
Mr. Robinson is Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board of PSSI. Early in his career,
Mr. Robinson was a Vice President in the International Department of the Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City. He had banking responsibilities for Chase’s loan portfolio in the USSR, Eastern and Central Europe and Yugoslavia for five years and served for some two and a half years as a personal assistant to former Chase Chairman David Rockefeller. He also served on assignment with the Chase branch in Tokyo.
Mr. Robinson subsequently joined the National Security Council (NSC) as Senior Director of International Economic Affairs. He worked at the White House from March 1982 until September 1985. Between January 1984 and April 1985, Mr. Robinson also served as Executive Secretary of the Senior Interdepartmental Group-International Economic Policy, a Cabinet-level body that reported through the NSC to the President. At NSC, Mr. Robinson had responsibility for all economic, financial, trade, technology and energy relationships of the United States worldwide.More recently, Mr. Robinson served as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Congressionally-mandated U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission from 2001 to 2006. He has published extensively on security-related risk in the global capital markets and East-West economic and financial relations. He has served as an expert witness on numerous occasions before both Senate and House Committees and has appeared on major media outlets for over three decades.
Ivana Smoleňová - Communications and Outreach Manager
Ivana Smoleňová is Communications and Outreach Manager at the Prague Security Studies Institute. Ms. Smoleňová joined PSSI in September, 2012, and is responsible for PSSI’s public relations, IRSEC Hub project, Alumni Program and the Institute’s outreach projects.
Ms. Smoleňová’s academic work has focused on business economics, the geopolitics of China and Russia and Moscow's use of soft power projection. In 2011, she spent three months in Nepal, where she engaged in teaching and development activities at a local primary school. Prior to joining PSSI, she worked for the Forum 2000 Foundation and with RWR Advisory Group, in Washinton, D.C.
Ms. Smoleňová holds a Bachelor’s in Corporate Economics and a Master’s in Corporate Economics and Development Studies from the University of Economics in Prague. As a part of her Master’s studies, Ms. Smoleňová studied at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and is also an alumnus of PSSI's Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program and ALYAS - AMO Lectures for Young Asia Scholars. In 2014, Ms. Smoleňová participated in an intensive program at the Institute on Economics and International Relations at the George Mason University in Washington, D.C.Ms. Smoleňová's articles have appeared in American Forbes, Slovak daily Dennik N, and the Euro-Atlantic Quarterly. She has been interviewed by a number of Czech and Slovak media outlets, including iDNES, DVTV, Czech Radio or Radio Zet.