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 Putin‘s 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.
Episode 12. Anton Shekhovtsov discusses the impact of the Dragonbear (China and Russia) on the global and European affairs with Velina Tchakarova, director of the Austrian Institute for European and Security Policy.
Episode 13. Anton Shekhovtsov talks to Nerijus Maliukevičius, a researcher and lecturer based at the Vilnius University, about Russian active measures in Lithuania and beyond, the Belarus-EU border crisis, and the Russian military build-up on the Ukrainian border.