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Foreign Threats to the 2020 US Federal Elections

National Intelligence Council This document is a declassified version of a classified report that the Intelligence Community provided to the President, senior Executive Branch officials, and Congressional leadership and intelligence oversight committees on 07 January 2021. The Intelligence Community rarely can publicly reveal the full extent of its knowledge or the specific information on which it bases its analytic conclusions, as doing so could endanger sensitive sources and methods and imperil the Intelligence Community’s ability to collect critical foreign intelligence. (more…)

Voices of Central and Eastern Europe

Globsec and Eastern Europe Studies Centre  In countries with higher rankings in democracy quality indexes, respondents are more satisfied with their current governance system than in countries on lower ranks; However, expressing higher support for liberal democracy over autocratic leaders does not correlate with their satisfaction with the current governance system – countries with most respondents preferring liberal democracy over autocracy are not necessarily the countries with highest degrees of satisfaction with the current system of governance.

Research on the assessment of the geopolitical situation and perception of threats

Eastern Europe Studies Centre  Disinformation is considered to be one of the key challenges facing European and Lithuanian security. The evaluation of the EEAS strategic communication experts EUvsDisinfo of June 2020 noted that “foreign actors and certain third countries, in particular Russia and China, have engaged in targeted influence operations and disinformation campaigns in the EU, its neighbourhood and globally, seeking to undermine democratic debate and exacerbate social polarisation…”

Kremlin related media: Baltic countries and Poland are unable to counter COVID-19

DebunkEU The pandemic is being used to spread false and misleading narratives with one single aim – discrediting the Baltic countries and Poland and their efforts to fight the pandemic. According to Debunk EU analysis, in November the main targets of disinformation became quarantine measures, vaccination programs, NATO exercise, and general abilities of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Poland to cope with the virus…


A journey along internet highways can be tricky. Out there, we may come across trolls, bots, fake news, phony experts or authors, deepfakes, manipulated information, and so much more.  Our toolkit, “Internet Highway Rules” gives you 16 practical hints and tips on how to stay safe on the internet, master fact-checking and critical thinking skills, as well as not getting fooled by fake news or blinded by our own opinions. The toolkit prompts you on how to stay vigilant and safe during your ride through the digital content of the net. (more…)

The protests in Belarus: insights from Minska and the Western view

Eastern Europe Studies Centre  Alexander Lukashenko’s authoritarian regime, established as a result of a constitutional coup in 1996, is currently facing the most serious political crisis in all the years of its existence. After the cynically rigged election on 9 August 2020, masses of people took to the streets of their cities to protest. The officially announced results of the election in which Lukashenko won 80.1 % of the vote, while his main rival, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, received just 10.1 %, radically diverged from the views of the majority of Belarusians…

Non-traditional threats and NATO

Eastern Europe Studies Centre
The nature of the security environment and of non-traditional threats are challenging NATO’s posture as they require a tool of policy responses that cannot be produced by an alliance focused only on external defence and military power. Therefore, for NATO, it seems compelling broadening the scope of its mandate and enlarging its portfolio to match the various layers of non-traditional threats…”

Sino-Lithuanian relations in 2020: shedding the masks?

Eastern Europe Studies Centre
The Year of the Rat proved to be almost as trying as the previous Year of the Pig for Sino-Lithuanian relations. The current paper therefore attempts to objectively update the former assessment of China’s presence in Lithuania, and the state of their bilateral relationship in general as of the end of 2020…