Eastern Focus Issue 01 Spring 2019

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EasternFocus is an international affairs magazine focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, the Black Sea and the Western Balkans, which aims to bring Romanian and regional perspectives onto matters that define the world of today, and facilitate the integration of themes and voices from the region into the international circuit of ideas and debates that matter. The themes covered include foreign affairs, regional dynamics, politics, economy, business and trade, society, art and culture, technology and innovation, media, communication and creative spaces.

Propaganda Made to Measure: How Our Vulnerabilities Facilitate Russian Influence

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Think Cambridge Analytica is the worst it gets? No, it’s only the top of the iceberg!

Personal data collection and individual profiling lead – as we have seen so far – to elections interference and effective propaganda. But state and non-state actors, from Russia to illiberal governments, from Daesh to far-right movements similarly profile our collective structural weaknesses and internal divisions, and seek to amplify them to reach a tipping point. A new GlobalFocus Center study by a multidisciplinary, multinational team, of the permeability of countries in the Black Sea region to malign influence and propaganda and the associated Propaganda Permeability Index provide the first in-depth, extensive analysis of what makes us vulnerable to hostile influences from within and from without, with a focus on the Kremlin agenda.

Vacation Is Over


By Oana Popescu

January 2016

Aspen Institute

Romania did indeed take a long vacation after its 2007 EU accession. A process, which literally absorbed the whole creative and executive energy of the country at political, administrative, and social level, the EU/NATO integration was a monumental endeavor and THE national project for at least a generation.

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Security? Liberty?The costs and limitations of mass surveillance


By Rufin Zamfir

May 2015


This year is of great importance for the evaluation of cyber security role within the global fight against terrorism. Nearly 15 years after Patriot Act and the inception of a new era for the surveillance of electronic communications by mass-collecting the traces this type of communication leaves in the cyberspace, it is mandatory to assess the efficiency of this surveillance method, the benefits it brings for global security environment and the unwanted effects it has over individual liberties.

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The need for a Romanian policy update with regard to the Western Balkans – The case of Kosovo


By Rufin Zamfir

June 2014


In the context of an increasingly unstable Eastern neighbourhood, marked by Crimea’s annexation by Russia, the ensuing conflict in Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina’s failure in moving beyond the Dayton Agreement and consolidating  as a state, the role of Romania (as outline also in the conclusion of the NATO Summit in Wales) is becoming extremely important.

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The anonymous revolutions around the world.


By Oana Popescu

May 2014

Club Romania

Oana Popescu’s paper, “The anonymous revolutions around the world”, is part of an open collaborative project gathering the works of 59 contemporary authors and leaders from a broad array of fields. Under the title “7 fundamental themes for Romania”, the volume is the first of its kind in Romania.

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