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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