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EESC has a new Acting Director

September 14, 2017, 16:20

From the end of August Dovilė Šukytė became the Acting Director of Eastern Europe Study Center. The change occurred due to EESC Director Linas Kojala winning the Fulbright scholarship and leaving to Harvard University, USA. 

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EESC presents monography on Russia's foreign policy January 06, 2017, 13:08
Eastern Europe Studies Centre presents a monography "Scenarios of Russia's Development: Implications for the Lithuanian and Regional Security", which is an outcome of a research funded by the Research Council of Lithuania.
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Baltic Security Situation: A Short Overview September 19, 2016, 11:54

Here we represent the text by EESC intern, which overviews the Baltic Security Situation though the perspective of relevant geopolitical events. The paper analyzes: which regional security threats are foreseen, which strategies to eliminate these threats are implemented and which questions are left behind the boundaries of discussions. The first part overviews two main factors of the threats to security: traditional military aggression of Russia and the company of hybrid war implemented by Kremlin. The second part shortly overviews the actions causing danger to security which are usualy ignored in the dominant discourse: it is economical, political and social climate of Baltic states as well as the lack of tri-pary cooperation.

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L. Kojala is the new Director of EESC July 04, 2016, 18:16

Linas Kojala has been named the new Director of Eastern Europe studies centre, starting from the July 1st, 2016. He replaces Acting Director dr. Laurynas Kasčiūnas, who will pursue a career in politics, though will stay in EESC as a Senior Analyst for the time being.

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International conference “Strengthening of the Social Resilience to Hybrid Challenges in the Baltic region” March 03, 2016, 12:44

The representatives of EESC have participated in the international conference “Strengthening of the Social Resilience to Hybrid Challenges in the Baltic region”, where the influence of rift between Russia and the West, and the threat to Baltic countries were discussed. The participants of the conference expressed concern and signed a call for strengthening cooperation between Baltic countries, Poland and Ukraine, with the emphasis on determination of threats from Russia and development of deterrence instruments.

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Meetings in ethnic minority schools

March 23, 2018, 11:28

On January 17, a series of meetings started with senior students in Polish and Russian speaking schools. The purpose of these meetings was to encourage young Lithuanian people, representatives of ethnic minorities, to realize their dreams and to contribute to breaking stereotypes in Lithuania related to the fact that representatives of minority representatives have fewer rights and opportunities to fulfill their dream and to become successful in the future. We encouraged representatives of senior classes to take an active part in discussions about fulfilling your dreams, choosing a profession, civic activism and an Idea for Lithuania.

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Presentation of the study “Results of the DCFTA Related Mappings of Georgian SMEs and CSOs" in Tbilisi, Georgia March 12, 2018, 09:35
On March 9, EESC together with partners hosted an event at the Information Centre on NATO and EU in Tbilisi, during which presented the results of its two surveys conducted on civil society organizations and small and medium enterprises in all regions of Georgia. The surveys analysed the opportunities offered by the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (DCFTA) concluded between the European Union and Georgia and identified the main challenges for Georgian small and medium enterprises and civil society organizations. According to Dominik Papenheim, the EU Delegation representative in Georgia: "Today's presented project is one of several projects under the EU4Business initiative that supports Georgian small and medium enterprises in access to finance, stronger business skills and access to new markets. Since 2009, the European Union has provided 2.1 billion GEL (€711 million) in total for 63,000 Georgian companies in order to realise their full potential and boost economic growth."
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Capacity building trainings for Georgian civil society organizations in Telavi, Kakheti region March 08, 2018, 14:58
On March 6-7, capacity building training for Georgian civil society organizations (CSO) took place in Telavi, Kakheti region. The training is an  integral part of the EESC-led project “Georgia on European Way: Creation of Effective Model for DCFTA and SME Strategy Implementation” supported by the European Union and implemented by an international consortsium of European and Georgian organizations.
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Discussion “Russia's 2018 election and what to expect from Putin 4.0” January 11, 2018, 14:16

On January 11th EESC held a discussion “Russia's 2018 election and what to expect from Putin 4.0”, featuring Mr Konstantin von Eggert, a Russian journalist and political commentator currently affiliated with Russian television station Dozhd and German Deutsche Welle, also a member of the Chatham House, Mr Brian Whitmore, a senior Russia analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and author of The Power Vertical Blog, The Power Vertical Podcast, the Daily Vertical, and the Morning Vertical, all of which focus on Russian affairs, and Dr Vilius Ivanauskas, Senior Policy Analyst at EESC, and author of the EESC book “Scenarios of Russia’s Development: the Implications for Lithuanian and Regional Security” (available here). Discussion was moderated by Ms Dovilė Šukytė, Acting Director of EESC. During the event, the upcoming presidential election in Russia, the main actors in Putin’s Russia and how the existing system could evolve during the next few years were discussed.

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Discussion ”The Role of Public Service Media and Media Regulators in the Area of Fake News and Disinformation“ took place in Vilnius

December 18, 2017, 15:59
On December 15, the first round table discussion took place in Vilnius, which reviewed and evaluated media independence and its objectivity in the countries of the Baltic, Eastern and Central European regions. Media experts from Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Hungary, Moldova, Croatia, Bulgaria and Great Britain attended the event and presented the results of monitoring of their national broadcasters.
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