Security First, Technology Second
Security First, Technology Second

Putin Tightens his Grip on Russia’s Internet – with China’s Help

07/03/2019 | by Andrei Soldatov | Russia, Cyber Security

Since his return to the Russian presidency in 2012, Vladimir Putin has sought to bring the Russian internet under his control. Digital businesses in Russia pay dearly for his expensive system of surveillance and censorship. This slows down the pace of innovation and puts the modernization of the economy at risk. Even then, technical control over the internet remains shaky. The Kremlin is seeking Chinese assistance to enforce restrictions and be able to cut Russia off from the global internet.


  • Armenia Needs a New Opposition

    How the EU Can Help Institute Checks and Balances

    von Cristina Gherasimov | Armenia
    DGAPstandpunkt 6, March 6, 2019, 3 pp.

    Armenia Needs a New Opposition

    In Armenia, last year’s Velvet Revolution ended a long period of autocratic rule. On assuming the office of prime minister, former opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan acquired a constitutional authority enhanced by wide popular support and the lack of effective opposition in parliament. While this helps him implement reforms, the absence of strong checks may prove harmful in the long run. The EU should help rebuild Armenia’s checks and balances to ensure the country’s sustainable transformation.

  • „A state does not get a Silicon Valley at the press of a button”

    Jane Zavalishina about Russia’s digital economy

    von Alena Epifanova | Russia

    „A state does not get a Silicon Valley at the press of a button”

    Russia’s potential for digital innovation is enormous, talents abound and banks as well as state authorities are often more digitally adept than their Western counterparts when it comes to dealing with end customers. Nonetheless, the conditions set by the state impede the sector’s competitiveness. This also hinders much needed investments for Russian start-ups that require access to global markets.

  • Nord Stream 2: The Dead-End of Germany’s Ostpolitik

    von Dr. Stefan Meister
    Berlin Policy Journal, 20. Februar 2019

    The fight about the pipeline was supposed to give Germany cause to rethink its foreign-policy. Instead, Berlin is supporting a project that will hurt its credibility.


Regional Cooperation in Central Asia and Uzbekistan’s Role
16/01/2019 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP | Uzbekistan
Category: Uzbekistan
Connecting Eurasia: EU-Russia-China-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue on Connectivity
04/12/2018 | 09:00 - 17:00 | Russian International Affairs Council,
Connecting Eurasia: EU-Russia-China-Central Asia Strategic Dialogue on Connectivity
For the EU, Russia, China, and not least the Central Asian states, transcontinental commercial, financial, economic and physical connectivity in Eurasia bears considerable common ground. Gathering for a strategic workshop, experts exchanged views on various ways to fortify this connectivity.
Shaping Europe
The Baltic States and their Role in Driving EU Reform
20/09/2018 | 18:30 - 20:00 | DGAP
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