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Commentary: Can the Far Right in Europe be Contained?

In a commentary for Carnegie Europe, Dr. Rumena Filipova argues that in order for the far right to be contained, especially ahead of the European Parliament elections, three remedies need to be implemented: 1) revitalizing democratic, results-oriented political leadership; 2) empowering youth as a harbinger of progressive change; and 3) reclaiming hearts and minds from Russia’s …

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Briefing Paper 5: Not One but Many Silver Bullets. Towards a Classification of Responses to Disinformation

IGA has released its new briefing paper “Not One but Many Silver Bullets. Towards a Classification of Responses to Disinformation”.  The paper draws on the assumption that the corpus of countermeasures and analytical approaches has grown so extensive that actors who set out to build capacities or to reframe and elevate their anti-disinformation efforts are …

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Briefing Paper 4: Countering Disinformation. An Evaluation of the Institutional Approach of Governments

IGA has released its new briefing paper “Countering Disinformation. An Evaluation of the Institutional Approach of Governments”. The study provides a comparative analysis of the most prominent state agencies established to counter disinformation and foreign influence, featuring examples from the US, the EU, Germany, France, Sweden, Ukraine, Taiwan. The analysis evaluates the institutional approach of …

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Briefing Paper 3: Teetering on the Brink of Regional Convergence

IGA has released its new briefing paper “Teetering on the Brink of Regional Convergence. Bulgarians’ Stances on Russia’s War against Ukraine, Strategic Orientation, Democracy, Media and Values vis-à-vis Central and Eastern Europe”. The study presents the results of in-depth public opinion polling conducted in Bulgaria in partnership with GLOBSEC. The findings demonstrate that Bulgarians are …

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Briefing Paper 2: Effective Strategic Communications for Resilient State and Society

IGA has released its briefing paper “Effective Strategic Communications for Resilient State and Society. A Conceptual and Institutional Blueprint”. The publication details four main aspects that need to be taken into account when building strategic communications: Definition and scope; Institutional location; Wider and interlinked networks of collaboration; Тarget audience and appropriate range of strategic communications …

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Report: History Undone. Russia’s Historical Disinformation, Bulgaria’s Memory Politics and Lessons for Dealing with the Past from Central and Eastern Europe

IGA has released its newest report History Undone. Russia’s Historical Disinformation, Bulgaria’s Memory Politics and Lessons for Dealing with the Past from Central and Eastern Europe. The report focuses on the distortion and falsification of history as the crucial factor that underpins the Kremlin’s media influence campaigns in Bulgaria based on the narrative about the …

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Ukraine Insider, Part 4: Invisible Hierarchies in Russian Cultural Domination of Ukraine

IGA has published the fourth part of its paper series “Ukraine Insider”, where international experts on Ukraine analyze the crucial political-historical, media, and economic developments taking place in the country since the start of the Kremlin’s invasion. The series aims to better acquaint the Bulgarian and international audience with trends on the ground and counter …

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Article: The Crimean Challenge to a Russian-Ukrainian Armistice

In his article, Dr. Andreas Umland argues that differentiating between Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the invasion of 2022 is not a viable way for peace negotiations between Ukraine and Russia, although surrendering to the peninsula’s annexed status as an ‘established fact’ may be presented as a pragmatic approach. Instead, Dr. Umland points …

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Article: Domestic Hindrances for a Russian-Ukrainian Truce

In his article, Dr. Andreas Umland highlights the range of domestic political factors in both Ukraine and Russia, which militate against a peace deal that would involve the swap of lands. Dr. Umland underscores that ‘pragmatic’ proposals for such a deal are unrealistic – albeit rooted in the Realist theory of International Relations,  as they …

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Article: Bulgarian elections and the Indo-Pacific: Worlds apart

In an article for the Central European Institute of Asian Studies, Dr. Rumena Filipova highlights the crucial missing global element in the incessant Bulgarian election mode: the dynamics in the Indo-Pacific. Why and how to remedy the fact that Sofia neglects those dynamics to its own peril and increasingly so to that of its international …

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