Information war monitor for Central Europe: June 2017 Part 1

By Patrik SzicherleVeronika VíchováDaniel MiloKatarína Klingová.  Photo by Jason De Villa|Flickr, licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0
4. Jul 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe

Disinformation outlets in Central Europe have been outraged by the decision of the European Union and the United States to prolong the sanctions imposed against Russia over the unlawful annexation of Crimea. Narratives of aggressive NATO under the thumb of United States oppressing Russia have been supported by the documentary series of Olive Stone, “The Putin’s Interviews”, which were broadcasted by various outlets in Central Europe.

Information war monitor for Central Europe: Elections in Germany

Elections are all around. The year 2017 witnesses some of the most important elections when European people decide not only on the future of their countries, but the whole European Union. Apart from the French elections that we focused on last time and where the pro-Kremlin websites in Central Europe clearly have their favourite candidate, there will also be a general election held in Germany this September. Do fringe media sharing pro-Russian narratives have an agenda there as well?

GLOBSEC Trends 2017: Mixed messages and Signs of Hope from Central and Eastern Europe

29. May 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe
Which CEE countries favour a neutral position between West and East?
Who is the biggest Eurosceptic and which countries are the satisfied with thier EU membership?
Would Central European countries honour their Article 5 obligation and defend their NATO allies in case of an attack?
How do people in this region perceive world political leaders such as Donald Trump, Angela Merkel or Vladimir Putin?
Would they support a strong authoritarian leader over liberal democracy?

Crime-Terror Nexus Briefing Note

27. May 2017  |  Security and Defence, Central Europe
More than 18 months ago, a multinational terrorist cell attached to Islamic State (ISIS) staged a string of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris. As it turned out later, many of the cell’s operatives had prior criminal records.

Future of Schengen

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26. May 2017  |  European Union, Migration

“There is only one Europe – I saw it through the window of the plane”, Lech Wałęsa once said. While he likely did not have the Schengen zone in mind, these are still fitting words to describe the borderless plane of the European continent. There is no better symbol of European unity than the Schengen zone.

Good Neighbors Make Good Security: Coordinating EU Critical Infrastructure Protection Against Cyber Threats

By Philip Chertoff. Photo by Lars Kristian Flem|Flickr, licensed by CC BC-NY 2.0
26. May 2017  |  Security and Defence  |  Cyber

In October 2016, Meyer Werft Shipyard notified electricity provider, E.ON Netz, that the Norwegian Pearl, their newly-built cruise ship, would soon depart their factory and requested a disconnection of the Conneforde Diele 380 kV double line, so that the ship could pass upriver to the North Sea.[1] A mandatory procedure in cases where large ships, such as the Pe

Comprehensive NATO

By John R. Allen and Stefano Stefanini. Photo| NATO. 
22. May 2017  |  Security and Defence  |  Central Europe


If comprehensive means “including or dealing with all or nearly all elements or aspects of something”[1] and that something is the international security environment, the Atlantic Alliance choice is not whether or not, but to what extent, to be comprehensive.  

Integrated Deterrence: NATO's 'First Reset' Strategy

21. May 2017  |  Security and Defence

Deterrence is no mystery; it is a feature of many human activities, behaviours and relationships, ranging from the private matter of bringing up children, to society’s attempts to control crime.  At any level, and in any sector, deterrence is a promise to impose a cost on a given action in order that the potential perpetrator is convinced that any perceived benefits of the action will be outweighed by the costs incurred, and will thus choose not to act as planned or threatened. 

Migration politics and policies in Central Europe

19. May 2017  |  European Union, Central Europe, Migration

With the number of migrants and refugees knocking on Europe’s doors relatively stable, there is now a sense of relief at the EU political level. In several summits held in 2016, EU leaders confrmed a shift in their focus from internal and structural to external and security dimensions of the migration challenge.