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Dr. Rumena Filipova interviewed by Deutsche Welle on Chinese universities, Confucius Institutes and Huawei in Bulgaria

In an interview for Deutsche Welle featuring China’s cultural-educational influence in Bulgaria, IGA’s chairperson points out the scope of Bulgarian universities’ contracts with their Chinese counterparts; the lack of transparency of Confucius Institute operations and the subnational involvement of Huawei in Bulgaria’s tertiary education system. You can read the full article in German here. 

Podcast Series Episode 1 with Prof. Thomas Kent: Active Pro-Democracy Messaging to Combat Russian Disinformation is Vital

Our new podcast series entitled Foreign Authoritarian-State Disinformation: Global Perspectives has been launched! The initiative is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with Meridian International Center as the implementing partner.  In the first episode, Dr. Rumena Filipova talks to renowned media specialist, Prof. Thomas Kent – an Adjunct …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to Deutsche Welle about Chinese academic influence in Bulgaria

In an interview for Deutsche Welle, IGA’s chairperson discusses the interconnection between Russian and Chinese influence in Bulgaria. She emphasizes the growing academic presence of China, which is perceived as an opportunity in Bulgaria, while there is a lack of debate and regulations about the dangers of this presence. Pro-Chinese bias in political science and …

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China-Europe Academic Engagement Tracker

IGA participated in an international project, organized by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS), mapping the academic interactions between universities in Central and Eastern Europe and their Chinese counterparts. A pioneering China-Europe Academic Engagement Tracker has been produced, which provides a comprehensive record of how European academic institutions engage with China, helps understand …

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International Conference: China-Europe Academic Engagement

Dr. Rumena Filipova took part in a conference in Bratislava on 24 June 2022 organized by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (Slovakia). The event presented the findings from a cross-national project mapping the academic interactions between universities in Central and Eastern Europe and their Chinese counterparts. Dr. Filipova spoke alongside Samuel Spáč (Transparency …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to the Geopost about the political crisis in Bulgaria

In an interview for the Geopost, Dr. Rumena Filipova analyzed the political crisis in Bulgaria following ITN’s withdrawal from the coalition government. She stresses that the political crisis is a reflection of significant and long-term processes taking place in many sectors of Bulgarian society, based on a struggle between the post-communist status quo and the …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to the Bulgarian National Radio about cross-regional perspectives on Russian disinformation

In an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, Dr. Rumena Filipova presented the key conclusions from the international hybrid roundtable, which took place on 1 June 2022. In focus was a comparative approach to the media influence of authoritarian states (Russia and China) in Europe but also in other regions and countries of the world, …

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Hybrid Roundtable: Foreign Authoritarian-State Disinformation. Cross-National Perspectives from Europe and Asia

The international hybrid roundtable took place on 1 June 2022 at Grand Hotel Sofia as part of Dr. Rumena Filipova’s IVLP Impact Award supported by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with Meridian International Center as the implementing partner. The overall topic of the project is related to raising awareness of …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to Capital Daily about the EC’s proposals for asset freezes

In an interview for Capital Daily, Dr. Rumena Filipova commented that the European Commission’s proposals for freezing and confiscating assets of oligarchs have been spurred by Russia’s war on Ukraine, as for a long time Russian oligarchs had been able to unproblematically use their wealth in Europe. The proposals also seek to establish a common …

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Article: Bulgaria’s Balancing Act

In her article for Eurozine, Dr. Rumena Filipova discusses how Bulgarian stances favoring ‘balancing’ and ‘neutrality’ resurfaced in the context of the Ukraine war. The longer-term explanations of Bulgaria’s identity and policy ambivalence and the possibilities for change draw on the findings of Dr. Filipova’s book ‘Constructing the Limits of Europe. Identity and Foreign Policy …

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