May 3 – 4, Prague

THE STRATCOM SUMMIT welcomed altogether 200 participants representing 30 countries over two days.

During the 2018 STRATCOM SUMMIT, the Chairman of the NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel awarded the European Values Think-Tank a NATO recognition for our work in exposing Russian subversion activities. With our Kremlin Watch Program, we are the only nongovernmental centre in the Czech Republic which systematically deals with Russian influence and disinformation campaigns, and we are thrilled for this recognition by a strong allied institution.

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.

The Prague Manual:

Kremlin Watch Program presents a flagship publication from the 2018 STRATCOM SUMMIT: The Prague Manual: How to Tailor National Strategy Using Lessons Learned from Countering Kremlin’s Hostile Subversive Operations in Central and Eastern Europe. 

The Prague manual is a comprehensive report attempting to explain how the European liberal democratic countries should respond to the Kremlin´s ongoing subversive operations. More than four years after the annexation of Crimea, following several investigations conducted to understand the scope of the Kremlin´s influence in Western countries and after a number of attempts to meddle in national elections, the European debate should finally move from questioning whether a threat exists to taking steps to effectively counter it. There have been numerous efforts to step up governmental and non-governmental activities focused on building resilience, analysing or countering the Kremlin´s disinformation campaigns and influence operations, with each of them differing in impact and number of successes. This report is trying to use the existing experiences to provide a list of specific steps which should be taken in different political environments to be as efficient as possible.

Available in PDF.

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.

Main partner:

  • The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)

In co-operation with:

  • The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

  • The Czech German Fund for the Future

  • The Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic

  • The Embassy of Sweden in Prague