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European Values Center for Security Policy is organizing a two-day workshop on disinformation and foreign influence, centered on Central Europe case studies, in cooperation with Transition Promotion Program of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and National Endowment for Democracy.
This workshop aims to share experiences, lessons learnt and best practices from Central Europe to increase the capabilities of civil society in exposing foreign malign influence and disinformation. We will be covering the state of play of Kremlin’s influence, discussing ways of facing this threat and sharing lessons on personal security in this line of work.
The conference will take place on 27th and 28th of February in Sarajevo.
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This paper aims to analyze the Czech experience of countering disinformation on both governmental and non-governmental levels. The reason for choosing the Czech Republic is twofold: firstly, the historical commonalities as well as current similarities in terms of the praxis of the disinformation in the Czech case make it worth examining for Georgia; and secondly, with comparison to other European countries, the Czech Republic led with a major policy shift on the topic on Russian disinformation and thus provides some useful lessons. Číst dále
Analysis of the texts of annual intelligence reports has proven what the European Values Center for Security Policy has been claiming for years. The hostile influence operations are not a random occurrence, nor are they a phenomenon that concerns a few countries only. In fact, our research has uncovered a broad consensus among the intelligence agencies in terms of existing tactics and tools applied by Russia and China. In other words, our long-held stance has now been backed by “hard data” i.e. texts of intelligence agencies. Report available in PDF. Číst dále
The European Values Center for Security Policy enters the new year of 2020 with the following five personnel changes:
As of December 10, 2019, the position of Chairman of the Executive Board was released by Co-founder and long-term Executive Director Radko Hokovský, who is now leaving the organization completely after almost fifteen years. Radko Hokovský is founding a new international think-tank, the European Center for Internal Security, which will focus mainly on combating Islamic extremism and terrorism, preventing mass immigration and ensuring internal security in general within the European context. Dr. Hokovský, who teaches about this issue at Charles University, thus builds on the activities of the Internal Security Program and the international platform HOMEAFFAIRS – Internal Security Forum Prague, which he built in European Values. From the New Year onwards, these activities will continue individually and independently of the European Values Center for Security Policy, which will continue to focus on facing Russia and China in Europe. Because of this division, both activities, which have separate partners, donors and target groups, will be separated transparently.
Petr Holec is becoming the Chairman of the Executive Board. Mr. Holec has been a member of the European Values boards for several years, managing and supervising the organization. He works as a project manager in the commercial sector at Edwards Lifesciences. He received an engineering degree from the Czech-French MFTAP L´Adminitration Publique / Public Administration program and received a master’s degree from the Palackého University in Olomouc (Applied Economics).
Jiří Kopal, who has been cooperating with European Values since 2012 and founded the League of Human Rights, has left the position of Chairman of the Supervisory Board. Mr. Kopal was responsible for the development of program priorities for the organization, transparent financing and sustainability of the organization, and as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board,supervised adherence to the management rules, statutes and code of ethics.
Jan Famfollet, who in 2015 – 2017 served as Deputy Director for Financial and Project Management and has been a member of the Management Board since 2017, is becoming the new Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He specializes in the economic aspects of European integration, with a particular focus on banking and the development of the post-crisis architecture of the euro area. At present, he works as a senior ministerial advisor at the Ministry of Finance of the Czech Republic and is engaged in doctoral research focused on the EU banking union at the University of Economics in Prague.
David Stulík, who has been an EU diplomat for the past 12 years as a spokesperson for the EU delegation in Kyiv, is joining us as a senior analyst at Kremlin Watch. Until his time in Kyiv, he worked, among others, with People in Need andthe East-West Institute and was a member of the European advisory body of the European Social and Economic Committee. In European Values, David Stulík will focus on activities concerning Russia, Ukraine and Georgia.
The Executive Director Jakub Janda adds the following to these changes:
“I would like to thank Radko Hokovský as a co-founder and longtime director of European Values and Jiří Kopal as a wise mentor for the years of their work. Without them, our organization would not be here today, and we would not be able to grow and fight the enemies of liberal democracy in several European countries at once. Radko and Jiří have led the European Values Center for Security Policy into its imaginary adulthood, and now a new generation can continue the mission.
For the European Values, nothing will change when it comes to the content of our work – we will continue to focus mainly on countering the hostile influence of Russia and China in Europe. Every year as an organization, we grow in terms of personnel and projects. Today, we operate in Central Europe, we have a small team in Germany and our people are implementing projects in Georgia and the Western Balkans.”
PROFILE OF DAVID STULIK:
DAVID STULÍK worked for last 12 years as the Press and Information Officer at the EU Delegation in Kyiv, Ukraine. Prior to this position, he was shortly employed in the Czech Deputy Prime Minister Office, where he dealt with the preparations for the Czech EU Presidency. Before joining the public sector, David acted as the Head of Unit for Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova and the Coordinator of democracy projects in Eastern Europe in one of the largest Central European NGOs, People in Need.
Before, he served as the Project Manager at the Civil Society Development Foundation (NROS), which has been predominantly involved in the administration of PHARE programs aimed at the development of civil society in the Czech Republic. There, Mr. Stulik coordinated 3-year projects on preparations of Czech NGOs for EU accession, which was funded by CEE TRUST program.
He also lectured at the Charles University at the Department of Civil Society Sector. After the EU accession, he has been appointed by the Czech government as a member of the European Economic and Social Committee, where he represented the Czech non-governmental sector and also served as the Rapporteur for Belarus.
His professional experience includes working for the independent Czech think tank, Institute for European policies, Europeum, which he co-founded. Mr. Stulik also served as Project Manager and Executive Assistant to Senior Vice President of the EastWest Institute, an Euro-American think tank. During his studies, he held the position of Vice President of AEGEE-Europe (European Students’ Association). In 1997, he received the award “Young European of the Year” and, as a result, he conducted a 6-month internship at the European Parliament.
During his previous stay in Poland, he had been employed at the Polish public radio (Czech service) and worked as a foreign correspondent for a number of Czech media (print, TV, radio). After his return to the Czech Republic in 1998, he co-founded and became the Editor-in-Chief of the monthly magazine Integrace, which shortly became a leading online publication on the EU integration. Eventually, the portal www.integrace.cz joined the family of European portals of the www.euractiv.com.
Among his fields of interests and competence are: EU enlargement and neighbourhood policy, development of civil society, EU communication policies, EU lobbying, civic dialogue, and the socio-economic consequences of post-communist transition.
Mr. Stulik has MA degree in Society and Politics from the Central European University and MSc in International Economics from the Warsaw School of Economics. He also finished European studies at the Academia Istropolitana NOVA, Slovakia.
Security Strategies Program is publishing the second part of its publication “How do EU Members States’, Canadian and the United States Intelligence Agencies Assess Russian and Chinese Influence Operations?”. This second report examines Russian and Chinese influence in the Central European region. The aim of the re-port is to more closely cover the actual events that have already happened in Central Europe and analyze them as part of the larger picture. The report is divided into two parts: Russia and China. In both cases, the report will first go through the short- and long-term goals for the countries. These goals have been adjusted to the context of Central Europe: what is the value of Central Europe for Russia and China? How does the region work as a mean towards larger foreign policy goals, and how does the region work as an end itself? Read more in the report. Číst dále
With a population of a little more than 650,000 citizens, Montenegro is NATO’s newest and smallest member. It joined the Alliance controversially and without a majority of public support in June 2017 (“The World Factbook: Montenegro”). Though Montenegro is small, its admission into NATO is viewed as a big win for the Alliance. The NATO win, however, is not in terms of what Montenegro can provide militarily – it has an army of a mere 2,000 soldiers – but in terms of the message it sends to Russia and other Western Balkan nations.
However, despite NATO membership, Russian influence in the country remains significant and has shown no signs of going away. This influence is seen in nearly all levels of Montenegrin society, but most prominently in the economic, political, civil society, media, and religious realms. Russia relies heavily on disinformation and uses its proxy agents to promote its agenda directly and indirectly in the country. The high level of corruption in Montenegro and its weak institutions provides the fuel that allows Russian influence to take hold and infiltrate all levels of society without any recourse. This poses a major threat not only to Montenegro, but to the broader Western Balkan region and to both NATO and the EU. It also damages Montenegro’s chances of EU accession in 2025, which the majority of the population supports, and feels is necessary for Montenegro’s economic prosperity.
Read the full Kremlin Watch Report.
The Balkans Watch Briefing is a monthly newsletter aimed at summarizing the latest policy developments and non-governmental activities in the area of monitoring, exposing and countering hostile foreign influence in the Western Balkans.
The region of the Western Balkans has been a subject of ambitions of several foreign authoritarian regimes which use different means and tools to manipulate the opinion of the local citizens with disinformation, project influence via politically motivated economic operations and ally with local policymakers.
Despite those developments, the debate in the region about hostile foreign influence is only in the starting point. International attention and assistance, sharing experiences, lessons learnt, and best practices are needed to turn the situation around.
Launching this new product was possible with financial support of the International Visegrad Fund. Monthly, you will be provided with news on new developments in the non-governmental as well as the governmental and political sector from the Western Balkans region. The contributions are provided by the most distinguished local organizations: Center for Democratic Transitions, Institute for Democracy ‘Societas Civilis’ – Skopje and Zašto Ne.
2019 marks five years of highly aggressive behavior by the Russian Federation towards Western democracies. When Russia started a war against Georgia and subsequently occupied a fifth of its territory in 2008, the West failed to respond, naively believing that it could appease an aggressor. In 2014, the authoritarian regime led by President Vladimir Putin started the war against Ukraine, and at the same time, Moscow began to mobilize intensive hostile influence operations against Western democracies.
Kremlin Watch Strategy offers a response with 20 specific measures for national governments which European countries must implement. This response is co-signed by 29 experts on security policy from all over Europe.
This text highlights the deterrent and reassuring measures as decided at last three NATO summits, including the Enhanced Forward Presence and the need of their reinforcement.
The initial premise is that deterrence is not a “pointless provocation with a potential for escalation.” In its core, it is a “peaceful” concept. We do not need deterrence so we could fight; we need it so we would not have to.