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Exporting Repression

Authoritarian governments are increasingly seeking to spread their values beyond their borders and put pressure their opponents abroad. Regimes are learning from each other new ways to restrict the freedoms of their citizens and are collaborating to crack down on perceived trouble makers. This programme will look at the role of traditionalist, illiberal civil society groups in promoting the authoritarian viewpoints, as well as the way authoritarian regimes use Western lobbying to manage their image. It will explore ‘the Information Battle’ over the use of media, social media and the wider internet to promote authoritarian messages and challenge independent voices.

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The rise of illiberal civil society in the former Soviet Union

This seminar launched and discussed a new Foreign Policy Centre publication looking the growing influence of illiberal, anti-Western and socially conservative civil society groups, popular movements and political forces in five post-Soviet states (Georgia, Armenia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan and Moldova), looking at who these groups are, what they are doing and why. The event looked at the local social, cultural, historic and economic roots of such groups, some of whom have ...

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Speakers
  • Mihaela Ajder, Moldovan human rights activist and journalist
  • Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Mariam Uberi, Research Fellow ( covering Georgia), Foreign Policy Centre
  • Chair: Stephen Gethins MP, Foreign Affairs Select Committee and Scottish National Party International Affairs and Europe Spokesperson
When
July 17, 2018
6pm-7.30pm
Where

Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

 

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Bad idea: the rise of illiberal values and the exporting of repression across the former Soviet Union

The Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) and the Open Society European Policy Institute (OSEPI) are delighted to host a lunchtime seminar on 12 April to conclude the initial work of the FPC’s Exporting Repression project. This event will explore the FPC’s recent research into the way in which authoritarian values are promoted and developed both within and from the countries of the former Soviet Union. It will look at how these ‘new ...

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Speakers
  • Dr David Lewis, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter
  • Dr Rebecca Harms, Member of the European Parliament, Chair of the Delegation to the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly
  • Jacqueline Hale, Research Fellow, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Adam Hug, Director, Foreign Policy Centre
  • Iskra Kirova (moderator), Senior Analyst, OSEPI
When
April 12, 2018
12.00pm-2pm
Where

Open Society European Policy Institute, Rue du Trône 130, Brussels, B-1050 Belgium

Closing the door: the challenge facing activists from the former Soviet Union seeking asylum or refuge

This event will examine how countries, particularly in Europe, are making it more difficult for activists and others from the former Soviet Union who are at risk of persecution to seek refuge or secure asylum. It will discuss at the ways in which countries are increasingly sending those at risk back to their country of origin, sometimes misusing the concepts of ‘Internal Protection’ and ‘safe third countries’ . The event will explore the need for asylum systems to ...

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Speakers
  • Claire Rimmer Quaid, ECRE Senior Policy and Project Officer, European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  • Dr Leila Alieva, Academic Visitor, St Anthony’s College, University of Oxford
  • Dr Saipira Furstenberg, Postdoctoral fellow and Project Manager,  Central Asian Political Exiles project, University of Exeter
  • Chair: Baroness Stern CBE, Secretary, All Party Parliamentary Group on Human Rights
When
December 4, 2017
6pm-7.30pm
Where

Committee Room 5, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

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