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Rising Sharp Power of China and Russia

26 February, 2018 @ 15:0017:00

The Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security of the Senát Parlamentu ČR, the Forum 2000 Foundation and the National Endowment for Democracy are delighted to invite you to a public discussion about a new report examining the rising influence of China and Russia in the democratic countries. 

The event named “The Rising Authoritarian Threat of Sharp Power”, which will be held in English, will take place on February 26, 2018 at 3 pm in the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic (the Plenary Session Hall, entrance from Valdštejnská street, „A“ reception). 

The previous registration at http://bit.ly/2Bil134 is required to be made by February 24, 2018. We kindly ask the guests to come 15 minutes before the start of the session. Please remember the valid identity card will be required. The attendance is free of charge.

• Tomáš Czernin, Member of Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security, Senate of the Parliament, Czech Republic 
• Jakub Klepal, Forum 2000 Foundation, Czech Republic
Introductory remarks: 
• Christopher Walker, National Endowment for Democracy, USA

• Juan Pablo Cardenal, Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America, Argentina/Spain
• Grigory Meseznikov, Institute for Public Affairs, Slovakia
• Jacek Kucharczyk, Institute of Public Affairs, Poland
• Martin Hála, Sinopsis, Czech Republic

• Shanthi Kalathil, International Forum for Democratic Studies, USA 

In recent years, China and Russia have invested significant resources in media, academic, cultural, and think tank initiatives designed to shape public opinion and perceptions around the world. These authoritarian influence efforts have traditionally been viewed by the democracies through the familiar lens of “soft power,” a concept which has become a catch-all term for forms of influence that are not “hard” in the sense of military force or economic might. Yet the authoritarian influence techniques that have gained pace and traction in recent years, while not hard in the openly coercive sense, are not really soft, either. Rather, authoritarian influence efforts in young and vulnerable democracies are “sharp” in the sense that they pierce, penetrate, or perforate the information and political environments in the targeted countries. These regimes are not necessarily seeking to “win hearts and minds,” the common frame of reference for “soft power” efforts, but they are surely seeking to influence their target audiences by manipulating or distorting the information that reaches them. This panel will discuss major findings from the recent report “Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence,” published by the International Forum for Democratic Studies. The full report “Sharp Power: Rising Authoritarian Influence” can be found here:http://bit.ly/2E7CmOi .

Discussion is organized under the auspices of Vice-President of the SenateJiří Šesták.


26 February, 2018
15:00 – 17:00


Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic
Valdštejnské náměstí 17/4
Prague, Plenary Session Hall Czech Republic


Forum 2000