Press release: The European Values Center for Security Policy celebrates 15 years

The European Values Center for Security Policy was founded in 2005 by a group of friends who wanted to publicly comment on the direction of European policy and the formulation of Czech interests after the accession of the Czech Republic to the European Union. The very first project of the European Values Center was an international petition campaign rejecting accession negotiations with Turkey. The lack of a strategic debate on the interests of the Czech Republic in the area of foreign and security policy following its joining the European Union and NATO also motivated its  founders.

The growth of the European Values Center from a group of motivated students into a professional security center took place in three phases, during which the organization has hired and trained 500 employees.

 Between 2005 and 2010, at the beginning of its work, the young team in addition to developing public debates, conferences, and summer schools, focused on European activities within the European Values Network, which taught young people to formulate specific political recommendations for the European Union. A small team consisting mainly of volunteers, with an annual budget of around three million crowns, sought mainly to contribute to the education of European policy and to the cultivation of Czech public debate.

Next, between 2011 and 2014, a generational change in the European Values Center welcomed young Czech experts with an array of individual sectoral backgrounds to research topics within the range of Czech membership in the European Union. The European Values Center nurtured the professional development of dozens of young people in the areas of  European Values Center institutions, internal security and issues related to migration, radicalization, terrorism, and foreign and security policy. Many of them now work in Czech or international institutions.

 We have strategically reconsidered our activities since Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014. We have also established an intrinsic security specialization in radicalization, illegal migration, and terrorism, but in particular have established the Kremlin Watch Program, which draws attention toRussian influence and disinformation in its myriad forms. Our success in this security agenda was confirmed in 2016, when Czech security institutions invited us to audit national security institutions and co-authored Czech national policy addressing the influence of foreign powers.

Thanks to our focus  on  the hostile foreign pressure on European democracies, we have begun to build extensive expertise in this narrowly specialized agenda. Since 2016, our analysis and recommendations have been utilized by our allies’ security institutions, and for example were quoted by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. We are regularly consulted by the largest global media, have briefed the NATO Political Committee, and host government representatives every year from more than 30 states at our programming for community specialists. Naturally, we have attracted the ire of those who support Russian interests in the Czech Republic, such as President Miloš Zeman, which only confirmed that our activities have  an impact that bothers the enemies of Czech sovereignty.

Since 2019, we have run a new Security Strategy Program and the Red Watch, both obviating Chinese influence in Europe. We have grown in staff and transformed from a small group of students to  a professional security center. Thanks to its narrowly profiled area, it has blossomed into one of the largest and most influential in Europe. European Values Center have come to this position not only thanks to the commitment of dozens of motivated young experts, but also thanks to the strategic vision of the generation of founders.

At the beginning of 2020, the European Values Center for Security Policy is one of the leaders in countering Russian and Chinese influence in Europe with activities and programming in Central Europe, Georgia, Ukraine, and the Western Balkans.

Press release: Personnel changes at the European Values Center for Security Policy

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:

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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.

Distinguished analysts Mariam Tsitsikashvili and Richard Kraemer are joining the European Values team as Kremlin Watch Fellows

The team of the European Values Center for Security Policy welcomes Ms. Mariam Tsitsikashvili and Mr. Richard Kraemer in our Kremlin Watch Program.

Non-resident Senior Fellow

Richard Kraemer

Richard is the President of the US-Europe Alliance and a Eurasia Program fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Within Richard’s research interests fall the politics of Western Balkans, Turkey and Afghanistan, Russian interventions, and the role that democracy assistance plays in the maintenance of U.S. national security.

“I’m excited and proud to join the European Values team. For me, the Center’s uniquely proactive and investigatory research reaches a higher level as EV’s works unequivocally reflect its commitment to the defense and preservation of liberal democracy in Europe. I enthusiastically welcome this opportunity to contribute to the Center’s expansion analytically and institutionally, drawing from my work in Southeastern Europe and beyond,” comments new Non-resident Senior Fellow Richard Kraemer.

Richard’s bio:

Richard Kraemer is the President of the US-Europe Alliance and a Eurasia Program fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, where his recent research is largely focused on Turkish and Balkan affairs. Previously, Richard managed the National Endowment for Democracy’s (NED) Program Portfolio on Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey. Before his work at NED, he oversaw programs in those states and the Levant at the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Richard also taught law and researched at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. He is an affiliated expert of the Public International Law and Policy Group, where he advised the governments of Georgia and Montenegro. A member of the New York State Bar Association, Richard holds a JD from American University and a BA from the College of William and Mary. He’s appeared in numerous international and U.S. media. He is professionally proficient in Polish, Farsi, and Dari.

Non-resident Fellow

Mariam Tsitsikashvili

Mariam is active in the field of foreign and security policy. Her research focus is oriented on European integration, foreign state-sponsored disinformation, and malign influence.

“I am really honored to join a team of dedicated professionals at the European Values Center for Security Policy. This group has become a leader in exposing and confronting instruments of malign influence and disinformation operations not only in the Czech Republic but at a European level as well. With its initiatives and programs, the European Values Center for Security Policy has proved to be an engine for bringing about a vision, ideas, and methodologies on how to best withstand the increasing threats of foreign state-sponsored disinformation and malign activities. Being a part of this amazing team of professionals is a great opportunity as well as responsibility for me,” says new Kremlin Watch Non-resident Fellow Mariam Tsitsikashvili.

Mariam’s bio:

Mariam Tsitsikashvili holds the position of Project Manager and Research Fellow at Georgia’s Reforms Associates (GRASS), a multi-profile think tank established in Georgia. She supervises projects related to European integration, foreign state-sponsored disinformation, and malign influence. Her research interests include foreign and security policy. Before taking the position of Project Manager, she worked as a Political Analyst at FactCheck Georgia. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, with a major in Eurasian and Caucasus Studies, and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Tbilisi State University. She also studied International Relations at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland.

HOW RUSSIAN STATE CHANNELS DESCRIBE THE NORD STREAM 2?

The Nord Stream II pipeline project is a lobbying tool for the Russian government, which uses it to keep the Western money flowing towards the Kremlin elite and increase its leverage against key European decision makers. Recent history only confirms that the Kremlin uses energy as a tool of blackmail.

Perhaps the best way to understand what role the Nord Stream II plays in Russia’s objectives is to look at the coverage by the Russian official state channels, serving the Kremlin to spread disinformation and state propaganda amongst the Russian citizens as well as the European audiences.

For that reason, the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in cooperation with the European Values Centre for Security Policy prepared a video and an infographic, explaining how Russian state media portray Nord Stream 2 and what the threats behind this project are.

“Russian media and officials insist that Nord Stream 2 is a safe business initiative, when it fact it is neither safe nor purely economic. It is a powerful political leverage that has capabilities to undermine European energy security”, says Oleksandra Tsekhanovska, senior analyst at Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group, UCMC.

“The collective security system, which had been a priority for many years after World War II, is now under a threat. Nord Stream 2 project is a danger not just for Ukraine or Poland. This is about the security of all Europe. Energy, economic and, finally, physical security as well. The “business as usual” formula may have short-term dividends, but the whole region loses in the long run,” – says Liubov Tsybulska, Head of HWAG.

The primary goal of the produced materials is not only to be shared amongst wider public, but also to provide a better and more comprehensive idea about how the West is portrayed by Russian state channels to policy-makers and decision-makers.

We would like to encourage you to share them with your peers, colleagues and anyone who might find the information relevant.

We would also like to draw your attention to the previous materials produced within this project, especially the videos summarizing the Russian state media coverage of the assassination of Sergei Skripal and the shooting down of the MH17.

The European Values is announcing updates for the fall season

  1. From now on, we are the European Values Center for Security Policy
  2. We are launching a new Red Watch Program on Chinese influence
  3. Veronika Víchová is the new Head of the Kremlin Watch Program
  1. European Values Center for Security Policy

The European Values is a legally registered association and think tank. We formulate and present recommendations especially in the field of foreign and security policy. To increase our understandability among Czech audiences, we are presenting ourselves from now on as the European Values Center for Security Policy (bezpečnostní centrum Evropské hodnoty), which more precisely characterizes our work. In short, we are now referred to as the European Values Center or EVC. Číst dále

Press Release: European Values Think-Tank among 30 Russia watchers targeted by the most sophisticated cyber attack ever done on ProtonMail, probably by the GRU

In late July 2019, multiple experts of the European Values Think-Tank became targets of what the ProtonMail CEO described as “the most sophisticated [he has] ever encountered”. According to investigative group Bellingcat, the phishing campaign targeted at least 30 Russia-focused individuals: Číst dále

Martin Svárovský – Polish

Kierownikiem nowego Programu Strategii Bezpieczeństwa został Martin Svárovský. Celem programu w ramach think-tanku European Values jest stymulacja dyskusji strategicznej poświęconej zmianom środowiska politycznego oraz kwestiom wzmacniana bezpieczeństwa regionu flanku wschodniego NATO. Miedzi głównymi tematami nowego programu są stosunki transatlantyckie oraz Czesko-Polskie. Číst dále

Senior diplomat Martin Svárovský is joining European Values Think-Tank to lead its new Security Strategies Program

The team of the European Values Think-Tank has been strengthened by Mr. Martin Svárovský who was for 19 years serving at the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director of the Central European Department, Deputy Director of the Policy Planning Staff and Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Warsaw and Budapest. Martin will be heading the new Security Strategies Program of the European Values Think-Tank focusing mainly on security interests of the Czech Republic in the context of Trans-Atlantic Alliance, relations with Poland and increasingly aggressive behavior of Russia and China. Číst dále