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Educational Program

 

Educational activities for high schools – I live in democracy Program

The aim of the educational program “I live in democracy“ is to lead the young people towards confident, active citizenship, as the main pillar of democracy is confident and responsible citizens, who understand their rights and duties.

Program “I live in democracy“

  • is meant for high school students of the 2nd and 3rd year
  • introduces the principles of how democratic state works to the students
  • workshop with experienced lecturers
  • discussion with personalities of the Czech political life, journalists and experts

Within the program we focus on four basic topics:

  1. Democracy and political systemWhy do people live differently in democracy and in a dictatorship? Comparison of the life in democracy and dictatorship. The aim is to realize the difference between the demarcation of limitations of the life in a totalitarian system and a system of the democratic right of their own free decision making – the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, movement or association, the right to vote or the right of private ownership.
  2. Information and media – How to find our way through the labyrinth of information? With the boom of information technology, a complicated labyrinth of information emerged, and it has become more and more difficult to tell the truth from a lie. The program should help the students understand the available information and teach them how to filter, verify and critically evaluate it.
  3. Confident citizenshipHow can I change anything? Can an individual and especially a young person change anything on his/her own? Which possibilities and instruments do the citizens have? The aim is to introduce the options of active citizenship to students and present how to influence the life and development of the public space.
  4. International politicsWhat is moving the world today? The world consists of units, which constantly influence each other, create one big international system and form the international environment, which is constantly changing. This workshop can help the students to understand the current international politics so that they would be able to understand the topical issues of our world.

 

Political Executive Excellence Program: Policy Making & Practical Training for Junior Political Executives

This program aims to prepare 15 young people for carriers of political executives, assistants, secretaries and advisers within the 3-month intensive training program.

Czech political parties have dealt for a long time with the lack of professionals with relevant education, experience and insiders working knowledge in the positions of executive assistants or advisors to its members.  The reality of rather less competent “political operatives” within the parties’ staff is based on insufficient linkage between theoretical education and practice, as well as on the underestimated need for systematic training and development programs for the party members (and their staff) by the parties themselves.

European Values think-tank is able to offer a helping hand in this way to young professionals with an interest in self-development on their way to the bigger impact of their political careers. The systematic preparation of the program participants will contribute to the long-term solution of the lack of experienced, oriented, process-knowing and soft-skilled experts within the political parties’ staff.

Participants of this program will be young professionals e.g. master students or recent graduates already working for an MP or young people who partly accidentally and not fully prepared have got into (often local) politics and who need to gain necessary experience, skills and knowledge of the political processes and relevant political (and other) institutions’ working in order to build their expertise, their own clear political stance in specific agendas, to adopt a package of values of the liberal democracy and to master the instruments to defend it effectively. Potential participants are young professionals in the age of 23-30 with relevant work experience in the party, public institution or an NGO, and at least Bachelor’s degree.

The training of participants will include several formats.

  • The participants will obtain a list of recommended and compulsory readings before the Program actively starts.
  • During the Program, they will get involved in workshops held by both external and internal lecturers of the European Values think-tank.
  • The participants will also take part in internal themed discussions and meetings with relevant figures in the field of politics, press, public relations. Moreover, they will visit relevant institutions (ministries, editorial offices, PR agencies) to meet the insiders and get acquainted with their job.

Supporters of separatism attending the Dialogue of Nations

As Newsweek reported, a forum called “Dialogue of Nations” organized by the Anti-Globalist Movement would be held in Moscow at the end of September. Among the honorary members of the movement is also Bashar al-Assad; the Syrian president and the Vladimir Putin’s ally. The official aim of the forum was to unite independence movements and to discuss supporting a multipolar world. Among the expected guests were groups seeking independence from their countries irrespective of their ideology from Texas, Catalonia, Venice and Lombardy, Scotland, Hawaii, or even California. However, the exact list of attendees has not been published before the forum actually took place. According to The New York Times, a representative of the Republican Sinn Fein showed up at the event.

Peter Kreko, director of Political Capital Institute from Hungary, told Newsweek: “The Important thing is what the movement fits perfectly to the general strategy of the Kremlin to encourage secessionist movements throughout Europe and encourage referenda.” We do not take a stance on separatist movements and do not claim they should or should not get together and discuss common issues, but to do so under the auspices of a movement supported by the Kremlin should not be the road to take in any case. Moscow would never support separatists trying to be independent from Russia; it only supports rebels who might want to join it. This is why we would like to give all the eventual attendees of the forum our weekly prize: Putinverstehers of the week.

Larry King

Donald Trump has recently given an interview to Larry King on his show called Politicking. The former CNN star has joined the ranks of RT in June 2013. This move created a lot of controversy and he has been criticised for his decision. He continues to run two podcasts there.

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Source: Youtube.com

When Larry King was asked about it by reporters from The Daily Beast, he responded that he does not work for RT and that “they just license our shows”.  And yet, in a promo video for another one of his show, “Larry King Now”, he states: “I would rather ask questions to people in positions of power instead of speaking on their behalf. That’s why you can find my show, Larry King Now, right here on RT.”

For helping out to legitimize RT, ignoring the obvious disinformation efforts and the loyalty of the RT channel to the Russian government, Larry King gets to be our Putinversteher of the Week.

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Larry King, Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley., Source: Wikimedia, Public Domain Mark 1.0

French extreme-right

French StreetPress (English translation by Euromaidan) recently reported the leak of several hundreds emails and attachments from the email account of Tatyana Egorova; a member of the press service of the governing body of the self-proclaimed “Donetsk People’s Republic”. The emails were shared by Tatyana Egorova’s Twitter account but it is highly possible that she personally was not the one who leaked them.

The documents show the extent to which the French citizens connected to the extreme-right groups are involved in the conflict in Donbas. Several dozen volunteers coming from extreme right groups like La Troisième voie, Bloc Identitaire, and strong supporters of Marine Le Pen, have come to Donetsk to join the separatists and fight side by side with them. Twenty-three people were identified in the emails but it is probable that there are more of them in Donbas; perhaps even twice as many. Some of them were contacted by StreetPress and confirmed that they received a salary of 15,000 roubles per month for their services.

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Source: Rykov.ru

A clear connection between the extreme-right groups and parties to the pro-Russian separatists and Russia itself becomes clearer all over Europe. We have already mentioned French politicians who visited the self-proclaimed separatist republics against Ukrainian law. It seems more than fair that we appreciate these “volunteers” in the same manner, which is why we have decided to name them Putinverstehers of the week.

Consulate of the Donetsk People’s Republic in the Czech Republic has the same legitimacy as a potential consulate of ISIS

According to the statement of self-declared “Donetsk People’s Republic”, its “consulate” will be opened on 1st September in Ostrava, third biggest city in the Czech Republic. It is supposed to be “the first official representation in the EU” and Ms. Nela Lisková, a member of so-called “National Militia” leadership, should be “the consul”.

At the occasion of this act we are publishing a statement of Jakub Janda, Deputy Director of the European Values Think-Tank and Head of our Kremlin Watch Program:

This “consulate” is not a real consulate. It is an effort of group of extremists controlled by Kremlin who occupy part of Ukraine and try to legitimize the aggressive moves of the Russian Federation towards a neighbouring state. The self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic is Russia’s puppet occupation regime, not a legitimate state. That is why this self-proclaimed “consulate” has the same legal and diplomatic legitimacy as if a private person from the Czech Republic opened a consulate of ISIS. It is worth pointing out that the Czech Government does not recognize it.

The connection to Czech extremist scene worth noticing. Ms. Nela Lisková is a member of “National Militia” leadership and in the past she went to the occupied Donbas for a “study trip”. “National Militia is an incubator of potential terrorist cells hostile to the Czech democratic regime. In fact, the group is connected to the extremist “National Democracy” party which does not hide its admiration for Putin’s Russia.

You can find an official position of the Czech Government on this case in Ukrainian here.

For comments, contact Jakub Janda, Deputy Director of the European Values Think-Tank and Head of Kremlin Watch Program, via e-mail janda(at)evropskehodnoty.cz.

Protecting Freedom and Western Values in Czechia: Call for Support

“Our mission is to keep the Czech Republic an integral part of the alliance of Western democracies.”

The European Values Think-Tank’s work depends on individual donations. Please support its mission by making a donation. For details, please refer to the bottom of this page.


Petr Kolář, the former Czech ambassador to the United States: 

Our socidsc_0245ety 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 – _MG_3298a 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) _MG_6990Specific 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

_MG_1069Our 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 onCopy of _01

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 – DSC_0232the 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 – PES (44 of 371)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 2015pes_ilus2

  • 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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Please do contact us in the case you are interest. We will be glad to explain to you any questions you might have and describe our efforts further. Suggested contact e-mail is famfule@evropskehodnoty.cz or use this page: www.europeanvalues.net/o-nas/support-us/