2019-08-06 - Bulletin

Agnieszka Legucka

Countering Russian Disinformation in the European Union

Russia runs disinformation campaigns against the EU using traditional media and the internet, including social media. Yet, the effectiveness of the fight against Russian disinformation by the Union and its Member States has so far been limited. These activities require strengthening at the international and national levels, as well as increasing public awareness of the use of media.

 

2019-08-05 - Comment

Artur Kacprzyk

The End of the INF Treaty

On 2 August, the U.S. withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, citing years-long Russian violation of the accord. The Trump administration wants to develop and produce ground-launched cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres, which were banned under the treaty. It will seek to deploy conventionally-armed missiles of this type in Asia and possibly in Europe as well. That will depend, however, on the internal political dynamics in the U.S. and consultations with allies.

2019-08-02 - Bulletin

Andrzej Dąbrowski

Japan's Foreign Policy in the Context of the Rivalry Between the U.S. and China

Victory for the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Komeito coalition in the complementary elections to the upper house of the Japanese parliament will not bring about a significant change in Japan’s foreign policy. Neither will it allow constitutional reform, postulated by prime minister Shinz? Abe, for which he lacks the required majority. Amending the constitution would create new opportunities for military cooperation between the U.S. and Japan, but would have a negative effect on Japanese relations with China. Nevertheless, it is to be expected that Japan will be more active in its economic and security policies towards China and the United States, while the rivalry between these countries will become a greater challenge for the Japanese government.

2019-08-01 - Bulletin

Jakub Pieńkowski

Relations Between Bulgaria and the U.S.: Fields of Cooperation and Disagreement

Bulgaria views the United States as its main military ally and it is an important partner to the Americans in the fight against international terrorism. At the same time, energy cooperation between Bulgaria and Russia clashes with the U.S. desire to limit Russia’s influence and to gain the position of a major gas supplier to the Balkans. U.S. opposition is unlikely to halt Bulgarian plans to build an extension of the TurkStream gas pipeline, guaranteeing Russia further energy domination over the region.

2019-07-31 - Bulletin

Szymon Zaręba

Russia's Return to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Under pressure from Russia, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has restored to the Russian delegation rights which had been limited under sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea. It did this despite the fact that, contrary to previous resolutions, Russia has neither withdrawn from Crimea nor ceased to destabilise eastern Ukraine. The PACE concession was opposed by delegations of some Central and Eastern European countries, including Poland. Close coordination of their activities may create an opportunity to limit Russian representatives’ other rights.