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LASTING SECURITY IS NOT FOR “GENTLEMEN’S AGREEMENTS”

Interview with Amb. Ihor Prokopchuk, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna How strong or how weak are international institutions today? International agreements and obligations – are they just a gentlemen’s agreement? It has often been maintained that international institutions are as strong as their member states wish them to be or…

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THE HELSINKI WORLD ORDER: WHAT’S LEFT?

The crisis of international security arrangements is gradually getting deeper. It generates risks on every scale: bilateral, regional, and global. Revisionism and geopolitical offensive are on the rise. Protracted conflicts all over the world are getting more dangerous. Under such downbeat conditions, discussions are underway about the contours of a possible new world order. Some…

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THE SPIRIT OF HELSINKI IN THE XXI CENTURY

The history of the 21st century, both in Europe and globally, shows that the existent international system is getting into a deeper crisis. On the one hand, we see the erosion of the European system of cooperative security based on the CSCE Helsinki principles – non-legally binding political commitments of the states to respect each…

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NATO IN THE NEW HYBRID WARFARE ENVIRONMENT

The new security environment is amongst others experiencing asymmetric security threats that are often referred to as hybrid warfare or deployment of grey-zone tactics. Whilst such tactics were observed to be used by various non-state actors in the past decade, the actions carried out by the Russian Federation in the spring of 2014 against its…

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FACING THE RUSSIAN SCHOOL OF SOFT POWER

This article addresses the nature of the use of influence operations by the federal government of the Russian Federation’s as well as ways for detecting and countering such operations. This has been done via a qualitative study of the concept, the Russian government’s use, and principles for countering influence operations. The article concludes that the…

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STOKING THE FLAMES: RUSSIAN INFORMATION OPERATIONS IN TURKEY

Russian propaganda and information operations, or more accurately political warfare, in the West and near abroad have been covered extensively. Neither is it a new phenomenon, having a century-long history going back to the Bolsheviks in the early 20th century. However, Russian operations outside these areas received little attention. Therefore, in this paper Russian propaganda…

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