Analysing international policy processes and Lithuania’s role in them


The policy analysts and researchers at the Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC) regularly publish publications on international politics, security and geopolitics and Lithuania’s role in them.

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Review Apr 02, 2024
Russia’s disinformation in Eastern Europe: revealing the geopolitical narratives and communication proxies in Moldova

Control of the information domain has become a crucial element of a country’s national security and strategic strength, particularly in an era characterised by geopolitical uncertainties. In this global context, the manipulation of information to interfere in the internal affairs of other nations and to achieve specific strategic objectives has become increasingly prominent, especially when analysing autocratic regimes. These regimes often employ disinformation as a key non-kinetic activity conducted against Western liberal democracies.

Denis Cenusa
Bulletin Feb 21, 2024
Technological change in the war in Ukraine – what lessons for NATO allies?

NATO allies need to pay close attention to and learn from the war if they are serious about building up their own EDT capabilities. Specifically, NATO allies should draw three distinct lessons from the war so far. These are not about specific weapon systems, such as which drone has been the most promising, or how to integrate autonomy in the fighting process. Rather, they are more fundamental lessons and changes that the increasing use of new technologies have caused or enabled.

Ulrike Franke
Bulletin Feb 05, 2024
Moldova’s handling of Russian disinformation: building new tools and uprooting old patterns

With the diminishing effectiveness of coercion measures aimed at Moldova in the economic and energy spheres, Russia is increasingly relying on elements of its 'soft power'. This encompasses the fertile informational environment in Moldova, where Russian narratives tend to be easily absorbed by the public. This phenomenon has persisted since Moldova's independence but was largely ignored, especially by political stakeholders, until the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.

Denis Cenusa
Bulletin Feb 01, 2024
Ukraine’s NATO Membership Quest: a Closing Window of Opportunity?

The NATO summit undeniably constituted the focal point of Lithuania's political agenda in 2023. It can be argued that the big part of the nation became actively engaged in fervent deliberations, which revolved around inquiries into the Alliance's role within the framework of regional security, strategies for fortifying NATO's Eastern flank, and above all, the prospect of extending a promise of NATO membership to Ukraine in Vilnius.

Margarita Šešelgytė
Review Oct 31, 2023
More than a year with the war, sanctions and crisis: The change of Eastern Partnership countries’ energy dependence on Russia in 2022–2023

Europe has long relied on Russian energy resources. This was often based on the convenience that the interdependence that was to emerge from intensive trade would allow Russia to become a player abiding by international rules. This belief collapsed when the West began to impose sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Saulius Rimutis
Research Aug 17, 2023
EU Defence Cooperation with Ukraine

The Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation, in cooperation with the EESC and the SCEEUS, has compiled a study on European - Ukrainian defence cooperation. The paper is accompanied by commentaries from various European experts.

Bulletin Jul 28, 2023
The Russian war in Eastern Europe and the emergence of EU CSDP missions: Three distinct cases in Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova

In light of the outbreak of the full-scale Russian war against Ukraine in February 2022, the European Union has launched a series of new Common Security and Defence Policy missions in its eastern neighbourhood. This emerging trend marks a notable milestone in the EU's geopolitical aspirations in the region. This edition of the EESC bulletin describes the profiles of the missions deployed by the EU in Ukraine, Moldova and Armenia and analyses their rationale from the EU point of view and the implications for the host countries.

Denis Cenusa
Bulletin May 02, 2023
Crisis of Russia’s soft power in the CIS and Eastern Partnership countries

Against the backdrop of the objective decline of Russia’s external legitimacy, Russia has adopted a new Foreign Policy Concept, which was published in March 2023. This document emphasises Russia’s humanitarian cooperation with the world as a whole and its regions, particularly those where it has traditionally exerted an influence.

Denis Cenusa