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New Book: Constructing the Limits of Europe. Identity and Foreign Policy in Poland, Bulgaria, and Russia since 1989

Dr. Rumena Filipova’s new book has been officially released and is now available in libraries and bookshops. It examines the reasons for the differential Europeanization of Central and Eastern Europe since 1989, which ultimately culminated in the Ukraine war and the energy standoff between Russia and Poland and Bulgaria. The book asks: why have some …

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Media training. Generation Z: Building up disinformation resilience in the leaders of tomorrow

Dr. Rumena Filipova took part in a media training, organized by the American-Bulgarian Alumni Association in partnership with the Euro-Atlantic Council of Macedonia and the Atlantic Club of Bulgaria. The workshop consisted of a series of lectures aimed at teaching media literacy skills for identifying disinformation to young professionals, activists and students from Bulgaria and …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to der Tagesspiegel on Russia’s cutoff of gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria

IGA’s chairperson commented on Russia’s cutoff of gas supply to Poland and Bulgaria for der Tagesspiegel. She asks: Why did Russia target Poland and Bulgaria (apart from issues regarding contract terms): two countries with different historical perceptions of Russia and current policies towards the Ukraine war? The Kremlin attacks even those that traditionally try to …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to der Tagesspiegel: Bulgaria’s conundrum about military assistance to Ukraine

IGA’s chairperson gave an interview for the Tagesspiegel regarding Bulgaria’s conundrum about weapons exports to Ukraine. She commented on the necessity of communicating to the public why sending military assistance is vital and why hesitation in joining NATO positions may reinforce perceptions of Bulgaria as an ambivalent ally. You can read the full article (in …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to Bulgaria On Air

In an interview for TV channel Bulgaria On Air, IGA’s chairperson highlighted how Russian propaganda uses children and the elderly as a key disinformation tactic as well as how it instrumentalizes the historical legacy of the Great Patriotic War. You can listen to the whole interview (in Bulgarian) here.

Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to KosovaPress

In the interview, IGA Chairperson talks about the impact of the Kremlin’s war on Ukraine on the international order; its likely repercussions for the Balkans; the trajectory of Western policy, including further military commitment. You can watch the video in English here.