GLOBSEC Intelligence Reform Initiative: ‘Reforming Transatlantic Counter-Terrorism’

29. Oct 2016  |  Security and Defence  |  Studies

This report’s primary focus is the Salafi jihadist terrorist threat. Since 2014, there has been a significant increase in attacks by these groups and, in Europe alone, at least 274 civilians have been killed and over 1,000 wounded. Building on the experiences of foreign fighters, terrorist tactics are evolving rapidly to blend small, overlapping and informal networks of extremists capable of conducting both sophisticated and crude attacks.

GLOBSEC Trends: Slovakia: Obama more popular than Putin

28. Oct 2016  |  Strategic Communication  |  Central Europe  |  Studies

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.

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The Czech Republic: Migration trends and political dynamics

By Magda Faltová. Photo: Flickr| European Parliament. Licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
14. Oct 2016  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Migration  |  Studies

The following report outlines migration trends and the political dynamics on this issue in Czech Republic, particularly in light of the outbreak of the migration crisis in the summer of 2015. This article is part of the Visegrad Migration Series. 

DAV4 five years later: Success or a missed opportunity?

1. Feb 2016  |  Security and Defence  |  V4  |  Studies

In 2010, at the beginning of the Slovak presidency in the Visegrad Group (V4), the Slovak Atlantic Commission (in 2011 joined by the Central European Policy Institute – CEPI) asked several experts from the V4 countries, to discuss possibilities of defence and security cooperation between the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia. The experts were asked to come up with specific measures and solutions that could deepen and improve the hitherto limited cooperation.

Slovak foreign policy thinking in the run-up to the EU Council Presidency

15. Jan 2016  |  European Union  |  Slovakia, V4  |  Studies

The “Trends of Visegrad Foreign Policy” project provides a chance to examine the perceptions of Slovak policy makers and researchers and compare them with those of their Czech, Polish and Hungarian counterparts. During the summer of 2015, CEPI and its partners in the V4 countries, approached a total of 1711 foreign-policy stake-holders (diplomats and civil servants, researchers and journalists, politicians and businessmen) in the region with a set of 24 questions to identify their perception of current trends and goals of their country’s foreign policy.

V4 - energy security and energy markets. Challenges ahead

By Tomasz Dąborowski, Péter Kaderják, Kristián Takáč. Photo source: SEPS Annual Report 2014
1. Dec 2015  |  European Union, Central Europe  |  Energy  |  Studies

The EU aims to reduce dependency on particular fuels, energy suppliers, and supply routes and to develop a well-functioning internal energy market. Our authors analyse the main current challenges in achieving these goals and discuss the role of the V4 countries in increasing EU's energy security. Although V4 countries face different challenges, the prospects for cooperation are considerable. The paper offers policy recommendations that would help policy-makers address the current challenges and strengthen the energy security in the Visegard region and the EU as a whole.

Trends of Visegrad Foreign Policy 2015

28. Nov 2015  |  Central Europe  |  V4  |  Studies

The full text of the study 'Trends of Visegrad Foreign Policy 2015' is now available in print

Crisis in Ukraine and the V4’s Defence and Military Adaption

By Milan Šuplata, Jiří Schneider, Marian MajerPhoto credit: Miroslav Petrasko, licensed by CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
27. Oct 2015  |  Security and Defence  |  V4  |  Studies

By annexing Crimea and fuelling violence in the Ukraine’s easternmost regions, Russia seriously broke basic principles of international law and shook assumptions about cooperative character of post-Cold War security architecture in Europe. Yet, the seemingly compact Visegrad region has been strikingly disunited on whether these developments constitute a serious threat to their security and security of their allies, and what should be the response vis-à-vis Russia. Some countries of the region have split even at the national level, with their respective political representatives presenting differing or even antagonistic positions before home and foreign audiences.

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