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Islamic Extremism in Germany

The challenge of countering Islamic extremism in Germany continues to vex policy makers, the security community and the wider public. The paper identifies key Islamic extremist actors in Germany and analyses the threat they pose to the German liberal-order. Authored by Kay Westenberger and Jan Stehlík of the Internal Security Program, it is available in English and GermanČíst dále

External Propaganda in the Republic of Moldova

Kremlin Watch Program of the European Values Think-Tank publishes a new Report on the lessons for the Moldoval government and the international community in regards to external propaganda. This case study of the situation in Moldova was prepared by Vladislav Saran, director of the independent Analytical Center Spirit Critic. Available in PDF.

STRATCOM SUMMIT 2019

April 10 – 12 2019, Prague

Hostile regimes of the Russian Federation and China have been as relentless as ever in their disinformation efforts targeted at Western democracies. The European Values Think-Tank will once again organize a conference that will bring together relevant figures from state administrations and civil society to discuss the means of effective defense.

This year will be the fifth iteration of the STRATCOM SUMMIT and will take place between the 10th and 12th of April 2019. The goal has remained the same: mindful of the importance of coordination and best-practice sharing, contribute to creating and improving existing policies to counter the aggressive disinformation campaigns. With its many guests, the summit will duly provide a platform for discussion and policy development.

Looking back at the past STRATCOM SUMMITS in 2016, 2017 and 2018, which have altogether hosted more than 500 experts from all over the world and this year’s STRATCOM SUMMIT will not fall behind in this respect.

Organized by:

European Values Think-Tank and Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. 

European Values Think-Tank is a Prague-based think-tank focusing on defense of liberal democracy. Kremlin Watch is a strategic program of the European Values think-tank, which aims to unravel and confront instruments of Russian hybrid war, which is focused against the liberal-democratic system.

Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies is the official think tank of the European People’s Party. Through its work, it inspires ideas for action and shapes responses to European challenges.

STRATCOM SUMMIT 2017

How to Defend Allied Democracies against Hostile Influence & Disinformation Operations

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15 – 19 May 2017

THE STRATCOM SUMMIT welcomed altogether 330 participants representing 29 countries over five days. Specifically, 140 government specialists representing 27 countries came to the restricted part of the SUMMIT.

About the SUMMIT:

In recent years, NATO and citizens of its member states are under fire of systematic disinformation campaigns led by aggressive regimes – mainly by the Russian Federation and ISIL. The main goal of this summit is to bring together relevant figures from state administrations and civil society and discuss effective practices and policies for defending democratic states and societies.

Western democratic countries as well as international organizations started to adopt number of measures directed against the hostile influence & disinformation efforts. In order to successfully counter these campaigns, coordination and best-practices sharing is a key component. STRATCOM SUMMIT aims to contribute to creating and improving existing policies to counter disinformation campaigns by bringing together experts from European countries and the USA and providing a platform for discussion and policy development.

Publications

Policy shift overview: How the Czech Republic became one of the European leaders in countering Russian disinformation

Over the last year, the Czech Republic has undergone a major policy shift on the topic of Russian disinformation. Many questions have been raised on how it has happened and what practically it means. This paper aims to bring a simplified overview of what has happened in this particular field in the Czech context since 2014. This Kremlin Watch Report is available in PDF.

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A framework guide to tools for countering hostile foreign electoral interference

This brief Report aims to enumerate the tools that are nowadays used for hostile electoral interference and how they can be countered. It consists of 35 measures in 15 steps for enhancing the resilience of the democratic electoral process. The report by our Kremlin Watch Programme is available in PDF.

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Overview of countermeasures by the EU28 to the Kremlin’s subversion operations 

How do the EU28 perceive and react to the threat of hostile influence and disinformation operations by the Russian Federation and its proxies? Kremlin Watch Report available in PDF.

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Day 4 part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4

STRATCOM SUMMIT 2019

April 10 – 12 2019, Prague

Hostile regimes of the Russian Federation and China have been as relentless as ever in their disinformation efforts targeted at Western democracies. The European Values Think-Tank will once again organize a conference that will bring together relevant figures from state administrations and civil society to discuss the means of effective defense.

It will be the fifth iteration of the STRATCOM SUMMIT this year. Taking place between the 10th and 12th of April 2019, it will highlight the importance of coordination and best-practice sharing and contribute to creating and improving existing policies to counter the aggressive disinformation campaigns. With its many guests, the summit will duly provide a platform for discussion and policy development.

Looking back at the past STRATCOM SUMMITS in 2016, 2017 and 2018, which have altogether hosted more than 500 experts from all over the world, this year’s summit will not fall behind in this respect.

Organized by:

European Values Think-Tank and Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies. 

European Values Think-Tank is a Prague-based think-tank focusing on defense of liberal democracy. Kremlin Watch is a strategic program of the European Values think-tank, which aims to unravel and confront instruments of Russian hybrid war, which is focused against the liberal-democratic system.

Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies is the official think tank of the European People’s Party. Through its work, it inspires ideas for action and shapes responses to European challenges.

#BalkansWatch: Bringing Visegrad experience for countering malign influence in Western Balkans

The goal of this project is to bring unified methodology (which was already proved in Visegrad countries) for analyzing and assessing foreign influence of third countries in the Western Balkans. It also sets out to bring Visegrad experience and lessons learnt with organization of advocacy and analytical networks, advocacy tactics, personal and NGO security to the Western Balkans. Furthermore, we will create #BalkansWatch network in Western Balkans by finding 15 top like-minded influencers in each of WB countries and developing network of 100+ Balkans expert watchers in the EU Currently, only limited experience on this issue on organizational and personal level exists among WB NGOs. Comparatively, this area is relatively well-researched among V4 think-tanks. Not only do WB NGOs need supervision and transfer of knowledge and experience in this specific field from their V4 counterparts, also more international focus is needed on this under-researched and under-estimated issue on the WB region. The project is unique in combining knowledge and experience transfer from V4 to WB, in organizing the NGO advocacy network on this issue (similar to one which exists in V4), creating practical bonds between V4 and WB specialists, and in mainstreaming this issue through existing communication channels of V4 think-tanks to international media and Western expert community. This is badly needed since the issue of third country influence activities in WB is under-estimated and it is in the interest of the Visegrad group to raise this issue internationally.

Partners:

Political Capital, Hungary

Cybersecurity Foundation, Poland

STRATPOL – Strategic Policy Institute, Slovakia

Foreign Policy Research Institute, USA

Center for Democratic Transition, Montenegro

 

Commentary: EU finally makes a serious move against hostile disinformation

The good news is that finally, the EU officially calls Russia out as the main driver of hostile disinformation against Europe. This Action Plan is the most detailed and comprehensive document the EU has ever produced in the threat of hostile disinformation. Unlike previous EU documents on this issue, it clearly names Russia as the main actor behind the threat of hostile disinformation. It is the assessment of the EU Hybrid Fusion Cell that “disinformation by the Russian Federation poses the greatest threat to the EU”. Despite many EU officials, including several Commissioners who often try to downplay the Russian hostile role, the EU clearly states the obvious in this document.  Číst dále