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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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Science+ Media Training: Tackling Medical Disinformation

On May 19 and 20, 2022 a pilot training for Bulgarian journalists was conducted as part of the platform Science+ developed by Free Press for Eastern Europe (Czechia) and Free Press Unlimited. The training took place in Sofia Tech Parк and focused on equipping the trainees with conceptual and practical tools to recognize medial disinformation …

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International Conference: Three Seas One Opportunity

Dr. Rumena Filipova participated in the international conference Three Seas One Opportunity, which was held on May 18-19, 2022 in Zielona Góra, Poland, and was organized by the Institute of Political Sciences and Administration of the University of Zielona Góra, the “Układ Sił” monthly magazine and Collegium Nobilium Opoliense. IGA’s chairperson took part in a …

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