Security & Resilience

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Belarus?

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko may remain in power, but the election and its aftermath leave no doubt that he is ruling by force and fraud. The West will need to adjust its approach to Minsk accordingly.

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“Putin Must Go”: Protests in Russia Intensify

The protests in Khabarovsk, a city of 600,000 located seven time zones east of Moscow, drew up to 100,000 people on the latest in a series of marches against president Vladimir Putin on Saturday. Although city officials claimed that only a couple of thousand people were protesting, a quick look at photos of the streets will set the record straight.

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Clashes Between Old and New Historical Consciousness

As collective memories have a tendency to fade away, it is imperative to embed the kernel of lessons learned from the modern history of Europe into formal and informal education and new media formats that appeal to the young to shape their values and attitudes towards democratic principles.

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Does the West Dare to Open the Eastern Front of Information War?

Why should the West also go on the offensive against the Kremlin to counter disinformation? Because The Kremlin, beyond any doubt, will continue to spread and accelerate its hostile influence activities against Western democracies. The Western societies have nothing to lose, but rather can benefit, by moving the front line from their information space into Russia’s.

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Nord Stream 2: Preparing for the Bait & Switch

One should not interpret recent media reports to the effect that the Nord Stream 2 project is in peril. The German energy regulator the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) it is reported may not grant Nord Stream 2 a derogation from EU energy liberalisation regime, contained in the gas directive 2009. Such a failure to obtain a derogation from the BNetzA, even if that is its final decision, is likely to prove far from fatal to Nord Stream 2.

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