“Our mission is to keep the Czech Republic an integral part of the alliance of Western democracies.”
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Petr Kolář, the former Czech ambassador to the United States:
Our society was founded on the values and principles of liberal democracy. Yet the current reality shows this neither can be taken for granted nor it is irreversible as the Czech society still learns how to deal with the newfound freedom.
The European Values Think-Tank is doing an important job in this regard. Its people travel across regions of the Czech Republic, visit schools, debate with students, hold workshops on media literacy, even supplement the civic education which is mostly missing in Czech high schools. European Values think-Tank is also the only Czech think-tank that systematically monitors and contributes to counter the hybrid warfare and disinformation campaigns waged by the Kremlin regime against democratic states. Furthermore, they produce research papers and work intensely in the field of public policy development.
There are lots of challenges in today’s world laying ahead of us, the Czech Republic, Europe and the West as whole. And to begin with, it is of utmost importance to build and strengthen consensus among the Czech society on the adherence to the principles of the individual freedom and of the rule of law. The Czech Republic is and must remain a firm, rightful and responsible part of the Western world, and must resist and eventually reject the oriental anti-liberal alternatives challenging our political system. Please, consider your support to our mission.
Since 2005, the European Values Think-Tank, a Prague-based non-partisan public policy and research institute, has aimed to raise the level of political culture at national and EU levels. Facing the new threats, the rise of populism and nationalism, the change of the security environment in Europe and its surroundings, the European Values Think-Tank has recently updated its mission as to protect the very core of what is in stake in the last years, which is preserving liberal democracy itself, the values on which it is based upon, its institutions and effective functioning.
To this end, it is essential for the Czech Republic – and for the Visegrad region in a broader sense – to remain an integral part of the West. This translates to an imperative to firmly conserve our membership of the European Union and especially of the NATO which essentially guarantees the protection of an area where values of the individual freedom, the human dignity and the rule of law apply.
European Values Think-Tank considers the alliance crucial for the Czech Republic to remain a free, safe and prosperous country. It is thus necessary to ensure a genuine public support for our fixed and active membership in those organisations. Therefore, European Values Think-Tank actively campaigns to achieve this objective; it develops a range of activities and projects that group under several programs.
Europe is now facing a double threat challenging the liberal democratic system. An autocratic and revisionist Russia under the Putin’s rule from the East, and a theocratic and fundamentalist movements from the South and Middle East.
Kremlin Watch – a strategic program of the European Values Think-Tank which aims to unravel and confront the instruments of the Russian hybrid warfare directed against the liberal-democratic system.
European Values Think-Tank is the only nongovernmental center in the Czech Republic that systematically deals with pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns.
Kremlin Watch program develops a set of activities:
1) Operational analysis of disinformation efforts
Our team analyses disinformation stories on daily basis, looks at trends, exposes it in selected cases and conducts fact-checking and myth-busting in the public debate.
2) Weekly reports on disinformation trends in the Czech Republic and in Europe
Our team produces weekly Kremlin Watch Monitor. English version of Kremlin Watch Monitor consists of reports on suggested expert studies, countering efforts around allied institutions, and best expert commentaries of the week. The Czech version reports on weekly developments & trends on Czech disinformation scene, covering disinformation outlets, public figures and politicians sharing pro-Kremlin messages.
3) Specific case studies on disinformation cases
Our aim is to point out particular phenomenon, trend or method which is best understandable when going into details. Our case studies and other publications are available here.
4) Development & advising for democratic policy responses on tactical and strategic level
We are the official consulting body for Czech Interior Ministry within Czech Review of National Security. The Czech Republic is setting up a new Hybrid Threat Centre on basis of one of our recommendations. In 2016, German Federal Academy for Security Policy tasked us with developing policy recommendations as a follow-up to „Lisa Case”. Our experts advise Members of Parliament, allied security forces & intelligence agencies on informal basis.
5) Educational activities for general public & trainings for practitioners
Our experts talk at public debates, lectures at workshops for students, teachers, or journalists, or brief allied security forces & intelligence agencies. We cooperate with schools in the region on public lectures on this topic.
6) Public and behind-closed door advocacy for awareness of disinformation efforts in media and on policy-makers level
We cooperate with the EU’s EEAS Stratcom team to which we regularly deliver the content for its Disinformation Review.
Summary of our achievements in this program is available here.
Program for Cohesive Society – its aim is to protect the cohesion of our society and the values it stands on
The cohesion of European countries is nowadays being tested by the spread of the Islamist ideology among European Muslims, growing difficulties within immigrant communities and increasing numbers of Islamist terrorist attacks. At the same time, it suffers from the ongoing mass migration from the Middle East and Africa which yet escapes mitigation by European politicians. The societies and demographics of many European countries are changing. This has sparked a number of negative security, social and political consequences, including frustration and disenchantment of the majority population and its increasing support for extremist parties and social movements.
Thus, the objective of this program is to create policy solutions to the threats of Islamist radicalisation, uncontrolled migration and ineffective minority integration. Two expert groups were already set up; the Counter-Radicalization Task Force and the Migration Policy Task Force. A third Integration Policy Task Force is to be launched soon.
You can access our background papers, policy recommendations and research studies here.
We publish the weekly brief Migration Policy Watch (subscription available here).
We organise annually a high-level event and a new platform for experts and policy makers in the field of homeland security – HOMEAFFAIRS, Internal Security Forum Prague.
European Values Initiative – the aim is to build a public consensus on adherence to the principles of liberal democracy and the rule of law in domestic politics as well as in foreign and defense policy. To this end, the Initiative gathers personalities of public life and also representatives of civil society organisations of Central European countries who are aware of the fact that freedom is not only to be won but that it has to be taken care of and actively protected from forces contesting it, or even wanting to destroy it.
This initiative unites concerned citizens regardless of their political affiliation, since it draws from values that are common equally to social democrats and conservatives. On a practical level, the Initiative provides not only a platform for discussion and exchange of experience, but also organisational and project support when it comes to monitoring our representatives and making sure they do not deviate from the course of our countries away from the European values.
Educational Program – the Czech political parties, and the public sphere in general, lacks qualified people who would be competent in managerial skills, would know in detail the functioning of the state as well as the political reality, would understand the media and the principles of political communication, and would have an expertise in particular policy area. This program aims to supply young professionals to the Czech public sector, who would on top of that have a firm anchoring in the liberal democratic values. The program involves several projects, such as traineeships for young students in the European Values’ analytical and project teams, special courses being offered to schools, or a Political Executive Excellence Program which serves as a practical training for already active junior political executives in policy making.
A complex summary of our activities is to be found in our Annual Reports.
Our achievements in 2015
- 10.000+ subscribers to 14 unique newsletters
- 1.500 people attended our events in 2015
- our experts speak to major media outlets on weekly basis.
- 529 media mentions last year, cited by Politico, The Economist and The New York Times
- first Czech think-tank to hold own policy session at GLOBSEC Security Forum
- only Czech institute to systematically monitor activities of Czech members of the European Parliament
- with our European Values Initiative, we visited colleges and high schools in 9 cities, hosting debates with 35 guests, videos of which got 2.500+ hits on YouTube
- thanks to our pressure in National Convent on EU, Subcommittee for Migration and Asylum Policy was created in the Czech Parliament
- we are the official consulting body for Czech Interior Ministry within Czech Review of National Security; the Czech Republic is setting up a new Hybrid Threat Centre on basis of one of our recommendations.
- politicians turn to us for help; we operated within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ external advisory board, with which we consulted the arising Conception of the Czech Republic’s operations within the EU.
- all key policymakers of the Czech foreign policy have performed in at least one of our events.
Please consider support
The European Values Think-Tank needs 400.000 USD a year to be able to fully operate in the current extent. To expand its activities to a target level it would need 650.000 USD a year. Besides grants coming from various public funds like Czech ministries or EU institutions, European Values Think-Tank mostly (of two thirds of the annual budget) depends on individual donations, especially from firms and small donors. In the current year, our revenues still do not meet the overall costs. Please, support our work by making a donation. Thank you very much for your consideration.
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