Europe, Israel and the Challenge of Radical Islam

Partner: Institute of International Relations
Event date: Feb 18, 2015
Deadline for registering: Feb 17, 2015
Venue: Institute of International Relations Prague, Nerudova 3, Czech Republic
Category: Lecture

Lecture by Dr. Dan Schueftan, Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa with introductory remarks by H.E. Gary Koren, Ambasador of Israel.

The rise of radical Islam presents a challenge for the Middle East as well as Europe. Dr. Dan Schueftan explains what drives the radicalisation of Muslims and indicates the recurrent frustrations in the MENA region. He also offers valuable insight into Israel's relations and shared interests with other countries in the region and highlights policy dilemmas in Europe.

  • Opening remarks: H. E. Gary Koren, Ambassador of Israel
  • Chair: Petr Kratochvíl, Director of the Institute of International Relations Prague
  • Lecturer: Dr. Dan Schueftan, Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa

Dr. Dan Schueftan is the Director of the National Security Studies Center at the University of Haifa, the Director of the International Graduate Program in National Security at that university, a Visiting Professor (2012-2014) at the Department of Government at Georgetown University in Washington DC and a lecturer at the Israel Defense Forces National Defense College. For the last four decades he has been a consultant to Israeli decision makers and to the top echelon of Israel's Prime Minister's Office, Foreign Ministry, Defense Ministry, the IDF and the National Security Council.
Since the mid-1970s Dr. Schueftan has been briefing members and staffers of the US Congress, as well as top professionals and key political appointees in the executive branch. In Europe he has been briefing ministers, parliamentarians, political leaders, senior officers, defense and intelligence officials and government advisors. He regularly lectures at leading universities, research centers and think-tanks in the United States, Europe and East Asia and is a regular source and interviewee on the Middle East for the major media in Israel, the Arab world, Europe, and North America.

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Keywords: Global Security, Middle East, Israel, Europe

Online Video: Meeting with Anne Applebaum: The eternal periphery – Europe between East and West

Partner: Prague Security Studies Institute
Event date: Jan 12, 2015
Deadline for registering: Jan 12, 2015
Venue: Prague, Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Category: Lecture


Join PSSI's Senior Fellow Jiří Schneider on January 12 at the Knihovna Václava Havla, where he chaired a talk by Pulitzer Prize winning author Anne Applebaum. 

Mr. Applebaum is the Director of Global Transitions Program at the Legatum Institute in London, a columnist for the Washington Post and Slate. The American historian, author and Pulitzer Prize winner presented the Czech editions of two of her most important works: the book Between East and West is a record of a journey around the borderlands of the West, from Kaliningrad to Odessa, as well as an important attempt to understand the region’s history and cultural diversity. The Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Central Europe, 1944–1956 is an exceptional study of the process by which totalitarian regimes are established.

The event was organized by Vaclav Havel Library, in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Prague and the Pant civic association.


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Online Lecture: Marcin Zaborowski - Article V. and Collective Defence

Partner: Prague Security Studies Institute
Event date: Jul 06, 2014 - Jul 11, 2014
Deadline for registering: Jul 05, 2014
Venue: Merin, Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Category: Lecture


A lecture by Marcin Zaborowski, the Director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM).

In light of recent developments, the credibility of Article V has been questioned. New demands have been placed upon the concept since the end of the Cold War. While NATO is the most successful defence alliance in the world history, it requires constant reassessment to cope with the latest challenges. This has in effect widened the geographic area of collective security. If NATO is to assume its global role, it must act accordingly. 





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Online Lecture: David King - Working With the Military - Lessons Learned and Best Practices

Partner: Prague Security Studies Institute
Event date: Jun 01, 2014 - Jun 06, 2014
Deadline for registering: Jun 01, 2014
Venue: Prague, Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Category: Lecture


Having over five years of professional experience managing and designing governance and security related training programs for Department of Defense (DoD), State Department, USAID and other US government agencies deploying officials to South Asia and the Middle East, David King presented on “Working with the Military – Lessons Learned“ at the PSSI’s Interagency Civilian-Military Training (ICMT) in June 2014.

His presentation began with the most fundamental question - Why does this matter? As a person wishing to participate in high-stress/post-conflict/reconstruction mission, everyone should ask themselves the same elementary question. Civil-military operations are the future of all military operations. It is increasingly difficult for the military to go anywhere without incorporation civilians withing their capacities. While touching upon some of the pitfalls and lessons learned that can be drawn out from missions in Afghanistan and Iraq, he also highlighted some of the successes that are worth repeating in the future.

In a nutshell, Mr. King gives a thorough and user-friendly guide on how to prepare for civilian-military deployment. If there was only one lesson to take away from the presentation, he would wish the participants to be empowered as advocates for their own safety and their own training. 


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Online Lecture: Petr Chalupecky - NATO's Summit in 2014

Partner: Prague Security Studies Institute
Event date: Jul 06, 2014 - Jul 10, 2014
Deadline for registering: Jul 06, 2014
Venue: Merin, Czech Republic, Czech Republic
Category: Lecture


A lecture by Petr Chalupecký, the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to NATO, in which he examines the challenges facing the transatlantic alliance ahead of the Cardiff Summit.

Countering the threat of Russia’s rising assertiveness in the context of Ukraine crisis has greatly altered the narrative of the upcoming NATO’s Wales Summit this September. Has the NATO’s response been proportionate to the threat or do we advocate business-as-usual? Recent events have provided a strong reminder of the importance of collective defence. Just as NATO adjusted its focus after the Balkan conflict and 9/11, the current state of play calls for similar action.  

Mr. Chalupecky gave his lecture at the 10th annual NATO Summer School, organized by the Prague Security Studies Institute in Merin, Czech Republic. To learn more about PSSI's summer school, plese go to their website here.


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