CDI Talks is a series of video in-depth interviews on authoritarian influences in Europe. New episodes are released every other Thursday starting from the 1st of July 2021


Episode 1: Anton Shekhovtsov in conversation with Norwegian author and journalist John Færseth, discusses authoritarian propaganda and disinformation in Norway



Episode 2: Anton Shekhovtsov talks to a leading French foreign policy analyst and public intellectual Nicolas Tenzer about European and, in particular, French responses to the challenges posed by Moscow.



Episode 3: Anton Shekhovtsov discusses trolls and online hate campaigns with a Finnish award-winning investigative journalist Jessikka Aro, author of the book Putins Trolls: True Stories from the Frontlines of the Russian Information Warfare.



Episode 4: Anton Shekhovtsov in conversation with Roland Freudenstein, Policy Director of the Wilfried Martens Centre for European Studies, discussing malign influence of Russia and China in Europe.



Episode 5: Anton Shekhovtsov, in conversation with Serge Kharytonau, a media expert at iSANS, discusses Russian enablers and Western lobbyists of Lukashenka’s authoritarian regime in Belarus.



Episode 6: Anton Shekhovtsov discusses Russian malign influence operations in Italy with a leading Italian investigative journalist and author Jacopo Iacoboni.



Episode 7: Anton Shekhovtsov talks to Péter Krekó, director of the Budapest-based Political Capital Institute, about Russian influence in Hungary and its domestic facilitators.



Episode 8: Anton Shekhovtsov discusses Russia, its influence and Western vulnerabilities with James Sherr OBE, a Senior Fellow of the Estonian Foreign Policy Institute at the International Centre for Defence and Security.



Episode 9: Anton Shekhovtsov talks to Stanislav Secrieru, a Senior Analyst at the European Union Institute for Security Studies, about the instruments of political warfare used by the Kremlin against three Eastern Partnership countries – Moldova, Georgia and Ukraine – and discusses whether the EU learnt lessons from Moscow’s malign influence operations there.



Episode 10: In the 10th anniversary episode of #CDITalks, Anton Shekhovtsov discusses the EU and Russia with Marie Mendras, a professor at Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs specialising in Russian studies and international relations.



Episode 11: In this episode of #CDITalks, Anton Shekhovtsov discusses GLOBSEC’s Vulnerability Index that examines vulnerabilities of eight Central European and Western Balkan countries towards Moscow’s and Beijing’s influence with one its main authors, Katarína Klingová, a Senior Research Fellow of the GLOBSEC’s Centre for Democracy and Resilience.




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