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Group.png Prague Security Studies Institute  
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Founder• Oldřich Černý
• Roger W. Robinson Jr
HeadquartersPrague, Czech Republic
SubgroupsPrague Security Studies Institute Washington
Interestsfree markets, Eastern Europe
Member ofEXPOSE Network
Sponsored byAtlas Network, German Marshall Fund, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, NATO, Open Society Foundations
Membership• William F. Martin
• Jiri Schneider
• Konosuke Sugiura
• Petr Lang
• Jan Havranek
• Pavel Fidler
• Jan Marian
• Jana Kosarkova
• Vaclav Havel
• Elie Wiesel
• R. James Woolsey
• El Hassan bin Talal
• Adam Michnik
• Alexandr Vondra
• Dorothy Stapleton
• Michael Zantovsky
• Robert Pfaltzgraff
• Timothy Garton Ash
• Michael Novak
• Nobuya Minami
• R. Daniel McMichael
• James Q. Whitaker
• Curtin Winsor Jr
• Jan Ruml
• Ingrid Aielli
• Antonín Berdych
• Jan Jirak
• Alejandro Chafuen
• Frank J. Gaffney Jr
• Jiri Pehe
• Josef Jarab
• William F. Martin
• David Elliman
• Karel Schwarzenberg
Czech think-tank established with extensive ties to neoconservative circles. Mentioned in the Integrity Initiative's EXPOSE network.

The Prague Security Studies Institute is a Czech think-tank established in 2002. It has extensive ties to neoconservative circles, and is mentioned in the Integrity Initiative's EXPOSE network.

Official narrative

According to its website:

"PSSI's mission is to help build an ever-growing group of informed and security-minded policy-makers dedicated to the development of democratic institutions and values in the Czech Republic and its regional neighbors. PSSI offers programs that meet the critical requirement to equip new generations of young leaders to manage the complex, security-related challenges of the 21st century."[1].

Neoconservative Connections

The PSSI has a host of neoconservative connections and evolved out of the 1998 establishment of the National Security Assessments Program[2].

Prague Security Studies Institute co-founder Roger W. Robinson, Jr is a former chairman of the Center for Security Policy[3]. Frank Gaffney, of the Committee on the Present Danger and the Project for the New American Century, is on the Institute's executive committee[4]. Vaclav Havel and James Woolsey are both members of the Committee on the Present Danger and the Institute's international advisory board[5]. Robert Pfaltzgraff is a founding member of the Consortium for the Study of Intelligence[6]. Michael Novak is a member of the board of trustees at the Social Affairs Unit[7].


The PSSI run the Program of Atlantic Security Studies (PASS), in partnership with the The Association for International Affairs[8]. PSSI also operate by organising large scale international seminars. The seminars were run by the National Security Assessments Program prior to 2002, they covered the following topics:


From the 31 October-2 November 2007, the institute paid for former UK Home Secretary John Reid to travel to Prague, to attend a Workshop on Terrorism and Communications[11]. The workshop was hosted in partnership with the Prague Institute for Democracy, Economy and Culture (PIDEC), and was entitled "Communication in the Age of Terrorism". The conference participants included distinguished scholars from the US and several European countries and Vaclav Havel delivered the opening remarks, Karel Schwarzenberg also addressed the conference[12]. In 2007 PSSI hosted the Democracy & Security International Conference also known as the “Democracy and Security: Core Values and Sound Policies” conference, together with the Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and the Spanish Foundation for Social Analysis and Studies[13]. It was held in Prague on the 5-6th of June, overlapping the 2007 G8 summit in Heiligendamm[14].


The 2008 Asia-Pacific Security Challenges conference was co-organised with the Prague Security Studies Institute Washington between the 7-9 September.[15]. Also in 2008, PSSI co-organised a seminar on EU Enlargement with the European Stability Initiative and the UK Commonwealth Office[16].


As of 2008[17].


Known members

7 of the 33 of the members already have pages here:

Timothy Garton AshUK historian, Ditchley Governor with other connections. Presented a paper to the 1989 Bilderberg. Subsequently attended two more, over a span of 30 years.
Jiří PeheCzech presidential advisor who attended the 2001 Bilderberg. Formerly worked for Freedom House and Radio Free Europe.
Robert PfaltzgraffHawkish "terror expert" who in the 1980s visited both the Bilderberg and Le Cercle.
Karel SchwarzenbergDeep state connected Czech diplomat and politician
Elie Wiesel
James WoolseyEx CIA director still (per 2020) very active in deep state networks.
Michael ZantovskyBilderberger Czech diplomat



Atlas Network
German Marshall FundAccording to whistleblower Udo Ulfkotte, a CIA front group. Despite the 'German' in its name, it is a fully US/CIA-controlled operation, mainly to maintain a network of transatlantic European politicians and journalists. Hugely influential behind the scenes.
Konrad Adenauer Foundation
NATOThe world's largest military alliance. "Take five broken empires, add the sixth one later, and make one big neo-colonial empire out of it all."
Open Society FoundationsA NGO operating in more countries than McDonald's. It has the tendency to support politicians (at times through astroturfing) and activists that get branded as "extreme left" as its founder is billionaire and bane of the pound George Soros. This polarizing perspective causes the abnormal influence of the OSF to go somewhat unanswered.
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  1. PSSI website, Accessed November 2008
  2. History, About PSSI, Prague Security Studies Institute, Accessed 11-June-2009
  3. Freedom Flame Award, Roger W. Robinson, Centre for Security Policy, Accessed 11-June-2009
  4. Executive Committee, Frank Gaffney, Prague Security Studies Institute, Accessed 11-June-2009
  5. Jose Maria Aznar, Speech at the AEI, The Spain Herald, 17-November-2005, Accessed 11-June-2009
  6. Founding Members 1979, CONSORTIUM FOR THE STUDY OF INTELLIGENCE, Consortium for the Study of Intelligence, Accessed 11-June-2009
  7. Board of Trustees, International Advisory Council, Social Affairs Unit, Accessed 11-June-2009
  8. Program of Atlantic Security Studies, Fact Sheet 2005, PASS, Accessed 11-June-2009
  9. PSSI, 2 Year Report, Prague Security Studies Institute, Accessed 14-June-2009
  10. Communicating Europe Conference,Czech Perspectives on EU Enlargement, European Stability Initiative, Accessed 11-June-2009
  11. John Reid, Members Register of Interests,, Accessed 04-June-2009
  12. Communication in the Age of Terrorism, News Archive, Prague Security Studies Institute, Accessed 11-June-2009
  13. A Neoconservative International targets Iran, LobeLog, 9 June 2007.
  15. PSSI Asia-Pacific Security Challenges: Implications for Europe and Atlantic Alliance, accessed 25 February 2009
  16. Communicating Europe Conference,Czech Perspectives on EU Enlargement, European Stability Initiative, Accessed 11-June-2009
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