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On January 13th, experts and activists from both the region and international think tanks and NGOs discussed the evolving political situation in the region, focusing on the methods and impact of foreign interference activities. With two important elections in the region coming up in 2022 in Serbia (April) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (October), foreign influence attempts will most likely increase significantly.
Speakers from the region, representing Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and North Macedonia, unfolded how the playbooks of foreign malign actors play out in their countries context, what vulnerabilities persist and how these vulnerabilities are exploited using social media platforms. The event was also attended by the regional manager of Facebook to present the platform's policy and challenges on curbing disinformation campaigns in the Western Balkans.
In case you missed the discussion, you can find the recording of the event available here.
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Democracy is on the defensive across the world, and authoritarian regimes have seized the West’s weakness as an opportunity to expand their influence. Together with Shoshana Zuboff, Yascha Mounk, Marietje Schaake, Toomas_Hendrik Ilves, Fareed Zakaria, Lee Drutman, Eduardo Porter, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Josh Rudolph, Anders Fogh Rasmussen was asked by Foreign Policy to share his thoughts on how best to revive and strengthen our democracies against threats at home and abroad.
The free world needs an Alliance of Democracies – a coalition of the willing among like-minded nations. Such an alliance needs to focus on concrete outputs, showing emerging or backsliding democracies that being in the democratic camp has real benefits. This is only possible if we restore confidence in our own democratic systems under which so many aspire to live. People don’t take to the streets demanding more autocracy.
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Europe should follow Lithuania's lead in line with the 'One China' policy - building mutually beneficial ties with a like-minded democracy on the frontline.
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One year on from the U.S. Capitol riot and organized attempts to stop Joe Biden from assuming the presidency, our executive director, Jonas Parello-Plesner joined POLITICO's Ryan Heath and fellow experts to discuss the state of democracy today.
They dive into how an alliance of democracies is vital to defend democratic values and counter deep threats stemming from authoritarian powers.
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Check out the full report here: https://bit.ly/3ow6HMJ