Ivana Smoleňová - Fellow and Program Manager

Research Areas: Pro-Russian Dezinformation Campaign in Czech Republic and Slovakia, Think tanks in Central Europe


Ivana Smoleňová is Fellow and Program Manager at the Prague Security Studies Institute. Ms. Smoleňová joined PSSI in September, 2012, and is the initiator and now head of PSSI’s initiative to counter Russian influence activities in the region, pro-Russian disinformation campaigns in the Czech Republic and Slovakia as well as is responsible for PSSI's projects in Ukraine.

Ms. Smoleňová’s academic work has focused on business economics, the geopolitics Russia and Moscow's use of soft power projection. In 2011, she spent three months in Nepal, where she engaged in teaching and development activities at a local primary school. Prior to joining PSSI, she worked for the Forum 2000 Foundation and with RWR Advisory Group, in Washinton, D.C.

Ms. Smoleňová holds a Bachelor’s in Corporate Economics and a Master’s in Corporate Economics and Development Studies from the University of Economics in Prague. As a part of her Master’s studies, Ms. Smoleňová studied at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and is also an alumnus of PSSI's Robinson-Martin Security Scholars Program and ALYAS - AMO Lectures for Young Asia Scholars. In 2014, Ms. Smoleňová participated in an intensive program at the Institute on Economics and International Relations at the George Mason University in Washington, D.C. 

Ms. Smoleňová's articles have appeared in American Forbes, Slovak daily Dennik N, and the Euro-Atlantic Quarterly. She has been interviewed by a number of Czech and Slovak media outlets, including iDNES, DVTV, Czech Radio or Radio Zet.

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E-mail: smolenova at pssi.cz


Recent Publications:

2015 Publication "The Pro-Russian Disinformation Campaign in the Czech Republic and Slovakia: Types of Media Spreading Pro-Russian Propaganda, Their Characteristics and Frequently Used Narratives"

  • In 2016, the publication was printed in prestigious PerConcordiam, Journal of European Security and Defence Studies, published by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies. The special edition of PerConcordiam was devoted solely to Russian propaganda, you can read it here.
  • The publication was also re-published in edited form in the CEPA report "Winning the Information War," by Edward Lucas and Peter Pomerantzev. You can read the full report here.