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Conference on “Space Security Through the Transatlantic Partnership”

June 12–14, 2011
Czernin Palace (Foreign Ministry) of the Czech Republic

PSSI Washington was a funding partner in the organization of a major space security conference held in Prague from June 12 to 14, 2011, entitled, “Space Security Through the Transatlantic Relationship.” The conference was co-sponsored by the European Space Policy Institute (ESPI) and its partner organization, the Prague Security Studies Institute (PSSI), and was the first non-governmental conference of its kind involving senior space policy officials from Europe, the United States and Japan.

The conference brought together over one hundred senior space policy officials and high-level representatives of multilateral institutions, NGOs, academia and industry from Europe, the U.S., and Japan. These included: the U.S. Departments of State and Defense; the U.S. Strategic Command; the European Space Agency (ESA); the European Council; the European Commission (EC); the European External Action Service (EEAS); the European Defence Agency (EDA); the European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC); the Japanese Ministry of Defense; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA); and the Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy in the Japanese Prime Minister’s Office. Keynote speakers included Admiral Dennis C. Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, and Hirofumi Katase, Deputy Secretary-General, Japan’s Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy in the Cabinet Secretariat.

The conference panels included: Defining Space Security for the 21st century; Transatlantic Approaches to International Space Security Cooperation; Governance of Space Activities; Security Policy Dimensions of Space Situational Awareness; and Transatlantic Space Crisis Management for the Future.

The core objective of this conference was to establish an NGO-led venue to encourage space security professionals, including official government representatives, to expand the traditional comfort zone of public discussion on this topic in the direction of trilateral (i.e., U.S.-Europe and Japan) cooperation in the defense of critical space assets.

PSSI Conference on Asia-Pacific Security Challenges

September 7–9, 2008
Czernin Palace (Foreign Ministry) of the Czech Republic

On September 7–9, 2008, PSSI Washington co-sponsored, along with PSSI Prague (www.pssi.cz), a highly successful conference entitled “Asia-Pacific Security Challenges: Implications for Europe and the Atlantic Alliance”. The two-day gathering involved some 200 distinguished participants from 25 countries, including the Foreign Ministers of India, the Philippines and the Czech Republic. Attendees were also honored by the presence of former Czech President Vaclav Havel who led the final panel, “Regional Democracy and Human Rights: A Report Card”. The conference agenda, participant list, speaker bios, conference overview and other items are available below.

This gathering was arguably the first of its kind in the Czech Republic and the region. It was based on the premise that the security challenges confronting East and South Asia in particular, have global implications especially for Europe and the Atlantic Alliance. Most attendees concurred that gone are the days when Europe could afford to pursue a more narrow agenda toward the region centered on commercial and financial relations. Asia’s security stakes have risen steadily and, in some cases such as the Korea peninsula, alarmingly. Europe increasingly recognizes that it would be ill-advised to remain on the sidelines as these prominent and volatile security-related challenges unfold. There was also a broad consensus that globalization has enveloped the international security portfolio from energy to terrorism and multiple critical issues in between.

The video of the conference proceedings can be found at: http://pssi.cz/en/about-pssi/video-archive/

An overview of the conference proceedings prepared by two Charles University lecturers in the field of Asian Studies can be found here.

Democracy & Security Conference

Prague, June 5–6, 2007

The Prague Security Studies Institute in cooperation with The Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem and The Foundation for Social Analysis and Studies convened an international conference entitled “Democracy and Security: Core Values and Sound Policies” on June 5–6 in Prague. The featured speaker at the conference was US President George W. Bush who provided a 50-minute address to a distinguished audience that included dissidents from some 17 countries.

The conference agenda was designed to explore the proposition that there exists a direct linkage between the promotion of democracy and the strengthening of security. The policy focus of the conference aimed to examine this linkage delineated in recent statements and publications by Natan Sharansky and Jose M. Aznar. The connectivity between human rights and political relations became a guiding principle for the Helsinki Process and a central theme in the writings of Vaclav Havel, Natan Sharansky and other freedom fighters. The Helsinki process helped set the stage for the end of the Cold War and has become a subject of intense historic scrutiny and discussion.

The choice of Prague as the venue for the conference underscored the relevance of this process for recent developments in Central and Eastern Europe. This conference served as a forum for debate and discussion among prominent and leading dissidents, pro-democracy advocates and political leaders to examine anew the nexus between democracy and international security by analyzing on-going global challenges. The three public policy organizations were uniquely positioned to facilitate what were insightful exchanges with respect to these challenges.

For more information about the Democracy and Security Conference please visit www.democracyandsecurity.org. We also recommend that those interested review a special edition PSSI newsletter [PDF, 875 kB] dedicated to the conference available on this website.

Groundbreaking Conference on Missile Defense in Europe

19 April, 2007

PSSI Washington co-sponsored its first event since its opening in January of this year on the prospects and challenges of missile defense in Europe.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Karel Schwarzenberg, opened this event with a lucid explanation of the official Czech position on this matter. Other distinguished speakers included Hon. Robert G. Joseph, former Under Secretary, Arms Control and International Security, U.S. Department of State, Hon. Daniel Fried, Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, Brigadier General Patrick O’Reilly, Deputy Director, Missile Defense Agency, Ellen Tauscher, Chair, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, House Armed Services Committee, Dr. Andrzej Karkoszka, former Polish State Secretary for Defense and Director of the Strategic Defense Review and Robert Bell, former Assistant Secretary General of NATO.

The conference program entitled “Third Site: Missile Defense in Europe” was co-sponsored by the Atlantic Council of the United States.