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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to the Bulgarian National Radio about the Kremlin’s war on Ukraine

In an interview for the Bulgarian National Radio, Dr. Rumena Filipova pointed out that in addition to its military aggression in Ukraine, Russia is intensifying the propaganda war in the direction of historical disinformation. Beijing and Moscow are likely to continue to come closer to each other. You can listen to the interview (in Bulgarian) …

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Below the Radar podcast – Simon Fraser University Vancity Office of Community Engagement

Dr. Rumena Filipova spoke to host Am Johal for the Below the Radar podcast. The conversation features a preview of Dr. Filipova’s forthcoming book and a discussion of the causes of nationalism in Central Europe; the similarities and differences of Russian (media) influence in Europe; the confluence of Russia’s and China’s ideas and activities; and …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova comments on the Russia-West standoff over Ukraine on TV Europe

In an interview for TV Europe, Dr. Rumena Filipova argues that the current standoff over Ukraine has to be looked at through the prism of the history of Russia-West relations at least since 1989. The clash over NATO expansion is a manifestation of the larger development of ideational incompatibility. Moscow reacts emotionally to the expansion …

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International Conference: Sustainable Recovery in Post-Pandemic Era. Green Economy Challenges

Dr. Gergana Dimova was the keynote speaker at the international scientific conference “Sustainable Recovery in Post-Pandemic Era. Green Economy Challenges”, which took place on 7-8 December 2021. The conference was organized by the Institute of Social Sciences (Centre for Economic Research) from Serbia, the Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research, Ss. Cyril and Methodius …

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Dr. Rumena Filipova speaks to Al Jazeera

Bulgaria in the midst of its third parliamentary election in 2021: Dr. Rumena Filipova shares her perspective for Al Jazeera on the role of Russian disinformation and its connections to far-right nationalist groups in the dissemination of COVID-related propagandist claims. You can watch the full interview here. 

International Conference: Questions of Accountability

Dr. Gergana Dimova and Dr. Rumena Filipova took part in the international conference ‘Questions of Accountability: Prerogatives, Power and Politics’, organized by the University of Worcester. The online event was held between 1 and 5 November 2021. Key topics of discussion included the link between media, populism and accountability across diverse geographical regions such as …

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Podcast: Dangers and Implications of Foreign Authoritarian Economic Influence

Dr. Rumena Filipova converses with Patrik Szicherle for Political Capital’s podcast on foreign authoritarian economic influence.  Some of the questions discussed include the similarities and differences of Russian and Chinese strategies for establishing economic clout; whether foreign malign actors should be altogether excluded from public procurement projects; and comparisons of Chinese economic influence in Hungary …

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Conference: The Private Sector’s Role in Combating Corrosive Capital in Central Europe

The online conference marked the culmination of the paper series on corrosive capital in Central Europe, organized by the Central European Institute of Asian Studies (CEIAS) and supported by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Jeffrey Lightfoot, CIPE Program Director, Europe, moderated the discussion with Matej Šimalčík, Executive Director of CEIAS, Nina Pejič, Junior …

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