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Czech-Russian relations and their strategic implications
Guest speaker: Jakub Janda, European Values Think Tank, Prague

After Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, the strategic situation in Europe has changed. The Czech Republic has faced many challenges, including successful Russian elite capture efforts in Czech politics, massive disinformation and influence campaigns. Since 2014, the Czech Republic has endured many Russian efforts to interfere in its politics, culminating with the Czech government expelling two thirds of Russian diplomatic presence from the Czech territory in April 2020.

Jakub Janda specializes in the response of democratic states to hostile disinformation and influence operations. He is Associate Fellow at Slovak Security Policy Institute. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board of the expert portal AntiPropaganda.sk and as a proud member of the Active Reserves of the Czech Armed Forces.

In 2016 – 2017, he was tasked by Czech security and intelligence institutions to consult on “Influence of Foreign Powers” chapter within Audit of National Security conducted by the Czech government, where he was involved in the Czech policy shift on this issue. Since 2015, he was asked to provide briefings or trainings in more than 20 countries. Since 2019, he serves as a member of the Programming Board of the Centre Anne de Kyiv. In the past, he worked for the humanitarian agency ADRA International and was a member of the Czech Parliament.

Feb 17, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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