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?

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.

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.  

Migration climate, discourse and policies in Poland

By Justyna Segeš Frelak
8. May 2017  |  Migration  |  Central Europe, Poland


From Russia with Hate: The activity of pro-Russian extremist groups in Central-Eastern Europe

By Radovan Bránik, Grigorij Mesežnikov and Daniel Milo
2. May 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe

Political Capital, Hungarian think tank, conducted research on Russian actors and extremists groups in Central Europe and raised awareness of this pernicious influence among the wider public throughout 2016-2017 within the project supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.

Information war monitor for Central Europe: Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets have a favourite French presidential candidate

21. Apr 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe

The French presidential election is the main topic of discussions and one of the most important political events of the year 2017. Various public opinion polls and personal background information of the candidates are brought to light and presented on a daily basis. Automated bots, social media trolls and disinformation outlets focused their activities on France as well.

Information war monitor for Central Europe: January 2017 Part 2

By Lóránt GyőriPatrik SzicherleVeronika VíchováDaniel MiloKatarína Klingová. Photo: Flickr|James Marvin Phelps, licensed by CC BY-NC 2.0.
28. Feb 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  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.

Away from the spotlight: Balkan route and Visegrad approach to refugees in 2017

By Public Relations. Photo: Flickr|European Parliament, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
27. Feb 2017  |  Migration  |  Central Europe  |  Event reports

On Wednesday, February 22, the Globsec Policy Institute (GPI) organised a regional workshop Away from the spotlight: Balkan route and Visegrad approach to refugees in 2017.

Russian-Hungarian déja-vu?

By Grigorij Mesežnikov. Photo: TAST/AP
10. Feb 2017  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe

Relations of Central European countries with other states are nowadays mainly determined by their belonging to the collective West. Central European countries’ membership in the EU and NATO which resulted from the complex social transformation and geopolitical turnover after the fall of the communist regimes has set the framework for their bilateral relations with any other country in the world.

Russia and Central Europe