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The European Values is announcing updates for the fall season

  1. From now on, we are the European Values Center for Security Policy
  2. We are launching a new Red Watch Program on Chinese influence
  3. Veronika Víchová is the new Head of the Kremlin Watch Program
  1. European Values Center for Security Policy

The European Values is a legally registered association and think tank. We formulate and present recommendations especially in the field of foreign and security policy. To increase our understandability among Czech audiences, we are presenting ourselves from now on as the European Values Center for Security Policy (bezpečnostní centrum Evropské hodnoty), which more precisely characterizes our work. In short, we are now referred to as the European Values Center or EVC.

Our Mission Statement newly opens with these words:

European Values Center for Security Policy is a non-governmental, non-partisan institute defending freedom and sovereignty. We protect liberal democracy, the rule of law, and the transatlantic alliance of the Czech Republic. We help defend Europe especially from the malign influences of Russia, China, and Islamic extremists.

  1. The new Red Watch Program

During this Fall we are launching a new Red Watch Program, which is going to focus on analyzing and countering the malign influence of the People’s Republic of China. Chinese influence is gradually posing a security problem, and not only in Europe. Although Communist China is a less immediate military threat than Russia, its hostile interference operations are equally worrisome, as documented by Czech and allied intelligence services. Due to the sensitivity of this issue and an ongoing interest of Chinese intelligence agencies, we are not going to disclose further details of the Program for the time being.

  1. Veronika Víchová

Veronika Víchová has been appointed the new Head of the Kremlin Watch Program as of September 2019. She has served in the Program since its inception in 2015 and is now taking over as Program Head from Jakub Janda, its founder, who serves as the Executive Director of the European Values Center. Veronika will be responsible for both analytical projects on Russian influence and disinformation as well as for coordination of associated analysts from various countries including Czechia, Georgia, Ukraine, and Germany. So far, she has led work on analytical products on Russian influence and disinformation, such as the annual Kremlin Watch Ranking, which evaluates strategies of European states vis-à-vis this threat, and the Kremlin Watch Briefing, which is a weekly review of updates in this security policy field. Among other accomplishments, she has completed the New Security Leaders Program in the framework of the Warsaw Security Forum, and she worked in the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman.

For further details are available:

Radko Hokovský
Chairman of the Executive Board
European Values Center for Security Policy

Jakub Janda
Executive Director
European Values Center for Security Policy
[email protected]