Central Europe and the Refugee Question: Cooperation, not Confrontation

By Gabi Göbl, Christian Kvorning Lassen, Marko Lovec, Milan Nic and Paul Schmidt. Photo: Flickr|European Parliament, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
22. Sep 2016  |  European Union, Migration  |  Central Europe  |  Policy briefs

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Information war monitor for Central Europe: August 2016

14. Sep 2016  |  Security and Defence  |  Central Europe
GLOBSEC Policy Institute’s bi-weekly overview of conventional and social media discourse in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia monitors propaganda and disinformation attempts, as well as democratic responses in the on-going information war, in order to increase awareness about this recently emerged challenge and promote fact-based discussion in Central Europe.

What does the Bratislava Summit have to say about Russia?

By Alena Kudzko. Photo: Flickr|Larry Koester, licensed by CC-BY-2.0
14. Sep 2016  |  European Union, Russia

Nothing and a lot.

There will be no grand joint statement on relations with Russia when 27 leaders convene in Bratislava on Friday.

And that’s not only because it’s an “informal” summit. The Summit is expected to focus on areas that the 28-1 leaders can agree on. Relations with Russia is not one of them.

European Security Without the UK? No, thanks.

On 16 September 2016 Bratislava will host a rare and headline grabbing event – an “informal”  EU Summit with all but one EU leader present. As a seemingly logical consequence of the Brexit vote, the UK prime minister will not attend a meeting devoted to the future of the EU after the recent British vote.  This is, however, more than unfortunate as security features prominently amongst topics to be discussed in Bratislava, and the UK, a traditional net security contributor to both the EU and NATO, will be very much missed there.

GLOBSEC Trends: Central Europe under the fire of propaganda

GLOBSEC Policy Institute (formerly the Central European Policy Institute) carries out research, analytical and communication activities related to Russia‘s efforts to increase its influence in Europe, including the impact of strategic communication and propaganda aimed at changing the perception and attitudes of the general population in Central European countries.

Russia’s information war in Central Europe: New trends and counter-measures

31. Aug 2016  |  Security and Defence  |  Russia, Central Europe

The main purpose of Russia’s information campaign, as part of hybrid warfare, is to undermine its opponents. Rather than promoting Russia itself, it seeks to achieve gradual decomposition of the institutional framework and security architecture of Europe. The key targets of the Kremlin’s divide et impera strategy in Central Europe have been the EU and NATO, as well as the United States. At the same time, the mass influx of disinformation on often serves Russia directly, presenting it in a positive light at the local level, sometimes even depicting it in the role of the only rational actor, unrecognized or misunderstood peacemaker and saviour.

Armenia – Country on Fire

9. Aug 2016  |  Eastern Partnership  |  Armenia

After a failed military coup in Turkey, another unexpected drama of this summer took place in neighbouring Armenia. Although it received much less coverage in the global media, its implications are also important for the wider region and beyond, argues Jan Cingel (who personally witnessed the recent events in Yerevan) in the following policy brief.

Russia Watch: July 2016

By Alena Kudzko. Photo: kremlin.ru
8. Aug 2016  |  Russia

GLOBSEC Policy Institute’s monthly digest of news and analysis regarding Russia provides insights on important issues affecting the country. Join hundreds of policymakers, diplomats, experts, business people, and academic researchers to stay informed!

Information war monitor for Central Europe: July 2016

4. Aug 2016  |  Security and Defence  |  Central Europe

GLOBSEC Policy Institute’s bi-weekly overview of conventional and social media discourse in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia monitors propaganda and disinformation attempts, as well as democratic responses in the on-going information war, in order to increase awareness about this recently emerged challenge and promote fact-based discussion in Central Europe.

Ukraine Watch: July 2016

By Aliaksei KazharskiPhoto: tkb.lv
2. Aug 2016  |  Ukraine

GLOBSEC Policy Institute’s monthly digest of news and analysis regarding Ukraine provides insights on important issues affecting the country. Join hundreds of policymakers, diplomats, experts, business people, and academic researchers to stay informed.

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