Regional Security Program // Ognjan Denkovski / 3 Dec 2020
This study brings a new perspective into how domestic and foreign actors’ propaganda methods for disinformation can be used on a social media platform – Twitter. On a case study of North Macedonia during a period close to the 2020 parliamentary election, the author applies original botnet identification techniques to identify a large network of users created in the run-up to the election and sympathetic to VMRO-DPMNE (the country’s right-wing party) and opposed to N. Macedonia’s NATO and EU integration.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Šimon Pinkas / 19 Nov 2020
A new PSSI study based on data gathered from the research project “Voices of Central and Eastern Europe” aims to describe profiles, attitudes and values of those Czech citizens who believe in conspiracy theories.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka / 18 Nov 2020
Disinformation continues to be one of the greatest challenges the Western democracies currently face, testing their integrity, cohesion and resilience. With social networks representing an important medium when it comes to their spreading, it is important to understand how exactly disinformation manifests itself when it comes to the way it circulates on the network and influences its users.
Regional Security Program // Martin Naunov / 9 Nov 2020
This paper explores the “East vs. West” debate in North Macedonia and challenges the often shared notion that the majority of North Macedonians are united in favoring the country's Euro-Atlantic integration. By analyzing survey data, the study shows that ethnic Macedonians are significantly split on the geopolitical direction their country should take, and that partisanship is an important factor in this divide. This polarization is at least in part attributable to cueing from party elites, despite the claim by all major parties that they are pro-Western.
Economic & Financial Threat Program // Filip Lukáš / 6 Nov 2020
This new addition to the PSSI Perspectives goes over the 5G technology supplier selection in Germany. Unlike many other European countries, Germany has not yet decided whether it would allow Chinese companies to build the 5G networks. It is a pressing issue dividing the government coalition that should be resolved this month of November. This Perspective presents the current regulation, key actors and their standing on the issue.
Regional Security Program // Tena Prelec / 29 Oct 2020
The study analyses how the ruling party in Serbia has used the country’s increasing economic cooperation with non-Western powers to promote its own ‘winning’ narrative. The author brings new insights into how the Serbian leadership has used the topic of economic renaissance in relation to a narrative depicting economic salvation by foreign friends coming to the rescue to further its political power. It is shown that this role, initially played by the United Arab Emirates, was assumed by China in the second part of the 2010s.
Economic & Financial Threat Program // Zack Kramer / 22 Oct 2020
The Prague Security Studies Institute continues its PSSI Perspectives series of regular short memos on select security-related topics.
Regional Security Program // Jonáš Syrovátka, Šimon Pinkas, Prague Security Studies Institut / 2 Oct 2020
The Prague Security Studies Institute continues its PSSI Perspectives, regular short memos on select security-related topics.
Space Security Program // Jana Robinson / 10 Sep 2020
Dr. Jana Robinson’s article “Arctic Space Challenge for NATO Emerging from China’s Economic and Financial Assertiveness” was published in the 30th edition of the Journal of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre.
Regional Security Program // Srećko Latal / 1 Sep 2020
The paper assesses the impact of COVID-19 on different external influences, which have already been steadily increasing in recent years, in the six Western Balkan countries. It offers insights into different forms and levels of engagement by Russia, China, Turkey as well as the US and the EU, establishing a better understanding of their agendas and strategies, and also providing data for future research on and analyses of this topic.