PSSI (Czech Republic)
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.
Prague Security Studies Institute – PSSI
Pohořelec 6, 118 00 Praha 1, Czech Republic
Point of contact
Jana Robinson, Ph.D.
Space Security Program Director
The Prague Security Studies Institute
118 00 Prague 1
Tel/Fax: +420 233 355 735
Deputy Executive Director
|Andrew Davenport is Deputy Executive Director of PSSI Washington as well as a Board Member of the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), a leading think tanks in Central and Eastern Europe focused on international security concerns. Mr. Davenport likewise serves as Chief Operating Officer of RWR Advisory Group, a Washington, DC-based consulting firm that specializes on geopolitical risk management and, specifically, the economic and financial dimensions of soft power projection and hybrid warfare.
Mr. Davenport has extensive experience researching the risk and threat implications of corporate and banking activity in countries that present security concerns, the role of state-owned enterprises in the projection of soft power by nation states and providing related advisory services to both private and public sector clients. Mr. Davenport has likewise pioneered the area of “global security risk” as a new risk factor in the global financial markets through new open source research techniques, corporate governance and shareholder activism.
Mr. Davenport was previously in the same line of business as Vice President of Conflict Securities Advisory Group (CSAG), which he co-founded in October 2001 and where he served as Vice President until 2009. During this period, CSAG emerged as the leading provider of research on corporate ties to U.S.-sanctioned states and related compliance products. CSAG provides solutions to leading institutional investors, asset managers and state and federal government agencies. After CSAG merged with IW Financial in 2007 to provide a fuller scope of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) data and consulting solutions, Mr. Davenport served on the Board of Directors until the company’s acquisition by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) in 2016.
Mr. Davenport has published extensively in his area of expertise, including in the OpEd sections of the Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, Forbes and the Journal of International Security Affairs. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and several state legislatures and served as an expert panellist at a number of conferences and roundtables. He has advised multiple agencies of the U.S. government, state governments, foreign governments as well as multinational corporations, fund managers and institutional investors from around the world on the intersection of global business and national security concerns.
Mr. Davenport has an MA in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University and a BS in Business Economics and Public Policy from Indiana University.
|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.
Space Security Program Director
|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.