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…”

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…