IIR in the media

20.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Can governance Trump guns? European security after the US elections
"Rather than trying to duplicate NATO, the EU should instead focus on 'hybrid defence'," writes Mark Galeotti in his newest comment for the European Council on Foreign Relations.
18.11.2016 | Petr Kratochvíl
The EU and the US: A Good Working Relationship?
Many politicians in Europe are now hoping that Donald Trump’s policy in office will differ from his election rhetoric. Given the change of tone following Donald Trump’s election victory, what are the chances that the EU and the US will be able to maintain a good working relationship? Daniela Lazarová from Radio Prague put that question to Petr Kratochvíl, the head of our institute.
15.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Surviving the Trumpocalypse: first thoughts…
Perhaps we should have been warned by the American predilection for zombie apocalypse dramas, that it was a precautionary signal from deep within the zeitgeist. I write this with not all the states declared, but the all-but-certainty that Donald Trump is going to be the next US president, swept into the White House on a tide of populism, nativism, spite, and downright anti-intellectualism, such as to make the whole Brexit affair look positively mannered and statesmanlike. A few quick thoughts on that were published by Mark Galeott in iRaam op Rusland.
12.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Brave New World
"How will the election of Donald Trump change the geopolitical equation in the post-Soviet space?" That is the question our senior research fellow Mark Galeotti tried to answer at RFE/RL Power Vertical podcast together with Natalia Churikova, managing editor of RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service and host of the program European Connect.
10.11.2016 | Petr Kratochvíl
Prague hoping Trump's NATO comments are just campaign rhetoric
How does the Czech foreign policy community view Mr. Trump's suggestion on the campaign trail that the US might not necessarily honour NATO's key Article 5 and come to the defence of another member if it were attacked? Ian Willoughby from Radio Prague posed this question to Petr Kratochvíl, the Director of our Institute. Furthermore Petr Kratochvíl elaborated on Trump's perceived positive attitude toward Russia and Vladimir Putin, and on whether that should be a cause of concern to Czechs and other peoples in the Central and East European region. He also commented on whether Trump's win provides a kind of boost to anti-establishment politicians around Europe and the Czech Republic.
08.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Warsaw's window on Western fears about Russia
The annual Warsaw Security Forum brings together a motley and influential array of scholars and journalists, ex-presidents and serving ministers, soldiers and arms dealers, in what is not only one of the largest and more interesting of such gatherings around, but also one with a distinct Central European flavour. This year’s, the largest yet, was suffused with serious concerns about a moral and political crisis in the West and a Russian challenge that takes fullest example of this – and yet a distinct absence of any clear, strategic responses, or perhaps a reluctance to acknowledge what they are. Nonetheless, in the process the forum presented one of the best pictures yet of the dilemmas facing the West. What did this picture look like? Mark Galeotti tried to depict that in his article for bne IntelliNews.
08.11.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Homo Putinicus
Can you define a nation in a law? Vladimir Putin seems to think you can and in advance of National Unity Day called on Russian lawmakers to do so. What is behind the Kremlin leader's call for such legislation?Is it an appeal to civic patriotism? Is it a message to ethnic minorities that they need to assimilate into a larger Russian whole? Or is it an attempt to create a modern version of Homo Sovieticus, the new Soviet man? Mark Galeotti, our Seniror Researcher, was focusing on these questions together with Moscow-based journalist Anna Arutunyan, author of the book The Putin Mystique: Inside Russia's Power Cult as a guest of The Power Vertical Podcast.
31.10.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Will The West Hack Back?
Mark Galeotti was a guest of RFE/RL Power Vertical podcast discussing if, after a series of what was believed to be Russian-backed hacking attacks the West may be prepared to launch retaliatory cyberstrikes against Moscow.
24.10.2016 | Mark Galeotti
Aleppo is paying for Russia’s imagined global threat
"Russia's brutality in Aleppo reflects Moscow’s perspective on warfighting, its military capabilities, and its sense of threat," writes Mark Galeotti in his commentary for European Council on Foreign Relations.
Central Europe Does Not Need Saving
Benjamin Tallis and Jakub Eberle have a piece in Politico on why Central Europe doesn't need saving from outside (as some claim) but instead that we who live in the region have to take responsibility.

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