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Populism in Europe and Its Russian Love Affair

By Dalibor Rohac, Edit Zgut, Lóránt Győri, American Enterprise Institute Key Points Populism is on the rise across Europe, often with help from Russian propaganda. Because of its corrosive effects on confidence in NATO, EU, and democratic politics at large, the growth of populism is of immediate interest to US policymakers. The historical record suggests that support for populists rises after financial crises, which result in sluggish economic recoveries. Therefore,

Russian Information Campaign Against Ukrainian State And Defence Forces

The report was executed for the NATO StratCom COE by the Centre for Applied Research under the Estonian National Defence College. The objective of this research is to identify how the Russian media portrays the Ukrainian military and security structures, including the policies of the Kiev government and their ‘collaboration’ with the West. The research group looks at how messages disseminated in the media attempt to construct attitudes and advocate

The Dynamics of Russia’s Information Activities against Ukraine during the Syria Campaign

Abstract Two major geopolitical conflicts are at the core of this research. Military conflict in Syria and the related rise of terrorism carried out by Daesh, in both the region and beyond, pose an enormous policy challenge for the governments of the United States of America (US) and Europe. Simultaneously, Russia faces sanctions after it annexed Crimea – the biggest and most serious geopolitical violation of national borders in the

Shades of Red Putinism: Pro-Russian far-left parties in Europe

By Lóránt Győri, Péter Krekó, for The Riga Conference While a lot of attention has been dedicated to the relationship between Moscow and the far-right parties in Europe,[1] this paper aims to shed some light on the opposite side of the political spectrum. Despite increasingly promoting conservatism, traditionalism, and family values,[2] and defining Russia as a global “moral compass” built on those values,[3] the Putin regime seem to reboot the

Russia’s disinformation activities and counter-measures in the Czech republic lessons for Georgia

Description The policy research paper by Tornike Zurabashvili for The Clarion, with financial support of the Black Sea Trust of the German Marshall Fund. Lessons learned in the Czech Republic in countering Russian propaganda and recommendations for Georgia. Published by The Clarion, project of the United Nations Association of Georgia (www.una.ge) Clarion Brief Zurabashvili Czech Counter-propaganda by The Clarion on Scribd By The Clarion

Rise of the fact-checker – a new democratic institution?

All across Europe, more and more independent fact-checking sites are launched to counter the move towards what some see as a post-fact or post-truth society. A new report by the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism surveys the diverse and fast-changing landscape of fact-checking outlets in Europe. The report argues that independent fact-checking can help combat misinformation in public life, provided they can find funding for their work, either

The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses

Read the Publication (PDF) By Alina Polyakova, Marlene Laruelle, Stefan Meister, and Neil Barnett, Atlantic Council “Since Putin’s return to power in 2012, the Kremlin has accelerated its efforts to resurrect the arsenal of ‘active measures’…” writes Dr. Alina Polyakova in The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses: Russian Influence in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, a new report from the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu’s Eurasia Center. Western European democracies are not

The Russian “Firehose of Falsehood” Propaganda Model

Why It Might Work and Options to Counter It by Christopher Paul, Miriam Matthews, for RAND Since its 2008 incursion into Georgia (if not before), there has been a remarkable evolution in Russia’s approach to propaganda. The country has effectively employed new dissemination channels and messages in support of its 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, its ongoing involvement in the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, and its antagonism of

Pro-Kremlin “Re-Information” Efforts: Structural Relations Between The Russian Media And The European Far Right

Author: Anton Shekhovtsov Abstract To promote their message about the decadent West, the Russian media have engaged with activists and politicians from the fringes of socio-political life in the West, namely the far right, far left, conspiracy theorists and isolationists who would be ideologically inclined to corroborate Moscow’s line of argument. In the course of time, the Russian media also established structural relations with the EU-based pro-Russian media managed by

Understanding Russia’s Concept for Total War in Europe

By Martin N Murphy, PhD Russia perceives itself as surrounded by enemies, and that the strategic depth that has been its principal security must be restored. In this sense, no territory is more significant than Ukraine. Russian leadership also worries about the erosion of a zone around Russia’s borders where politically dangerous ideas can be stifled before they undermine the regime’s hold on power. Russia’s leadership believes it can stem

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