Together with think tanks from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Slovakia and Ukraine we have launched a project devoted to countering pro-Kremlin disinformation in Central and Eastern Europe. We are going to monitor online media, searching for common patterns and key subjects undergoing manipulation. We will try to capture similarities and differences in disinformation strategies tailored at individual countries participating in the project. Conclusions from comparative research, as well as recommendations how to counter propaganda, will be presented in a report distributed to decision-makers from our region, the EU and NATO. The project is co-financed with Visegrad Fund.

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Africa is one of the most dynamically developing continent in the present-day world. Among 13 rapidly developing economies in 2015, six of them were from Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Tanzania and Rwanda. According to the World Bank, Africa might be now entering a path of rapid growth similar to that of China 30 years ago and India 20 years later. Africa’s economic forecasts for the next decades are clear – the continent Gross Domestic Product might grow by 7% annually. - writes dr Małgorzata Bonikowska - President of Centre for International Relations - in the text entitled Africa Even Closely published in the special edition of Polish Makret.

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Security is not a commodity, security is a value. Every citizen and every society deserves to be safe. The key role of NATO is to defend peace – said Andrzej Duda, President of the Republic of Poland, during the opening of the Warsaw Summit Experts’ Forum. The event was held at the National Stadium in Warsaw as a part of the NATO summit organised between July 8-9, 2016. According to President Duda, the fear of losing global peace – peace that we have known so far – is growing. Therefore, it is crucial to strengthen our potential for deterrence within the NATO alliance. Małgorzata Bonikowska, President of CIR, and Janusz Onyszkiewicz, CIR expert and former Polish Minister of National Defence also took part in the event.

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