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Projection of Malign Authoritarian Influence: Vulnerable Democracies in Contested Space

Supported by: National Endowment for Democracy

Project span: May 2016 – September 2017

Project team: Grigorij Mesežnikov (project leader for Slovakia, researcher), Ján Bartoš, external collaborators.

Cooperating institutions: NED (USA), project leading organization; Institute of Public Affairs (Poland), CADAL (Argentina), independent experts from other countries.

Objective: The aim of the international research project is to monitor, map and analyze the functioning of the so-called “soft power” of selected authoritarian states in the countries of Central Europe and Latin America.

Project activities:

Media coverage:

The Economist
How China’s “sharp power” is muting criticism abroad

Foreign Affairs

The Meaning of Sharp Power

The Washington Post
China’s foreign influence operations are causing alarm in Washington

Free Beacon
China, Russia Deploying ‘Sharp Power’ to Quietly Penetrate Democracies

The Washington Post
Big Brother on campus in China

Hospodářské Noviny
Střed Evropy Martina Ehla: Soft power slábne. V novém informačním prostoru mají autoritářské režimy náskok před demokraciemi

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Socio-economic aspect of migration, aspect of integration of migrants and refugees and domestic political aspect of migration in V4.

What do the citizens of particular countries think about V4? How do they perceive each other? To what extent they trust each other? 

Phantom Menace. The Politics and Policies of Migration in Central Europe
25 Years of the V4<br/>as Seen by the Public

The Visegrad States’ Reactions to the Russia-Ukraine Conflict. Publication of four European think tanks and Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

Current socio-political context, Slovak right-wing extremist and ultra-nationalist scene.

Diverging Voices, Converging Policies
Heutiger Rechtsextremismus und Ultranationalismus in der Slowakei

Historical, political and ideological aspects of the right-wing extremism in central Europe.

Book on new political parties in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Extremism vs. Democracy in Central Europe: Issues, Experiences, Challenges
Alternative Politics? The Rise of New Political Parties in Central Europe

Collection of analytical studies from experts from Great Britain, France, Norway, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Confronting the dark sides of the past and considering the participation of Christians in public life.

Conspiracy Theories in Europe
Tiso's Ghost in 2016 Slovakia
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