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China, Russia, and Europe’s Authoritarian Challenge

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Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 4:30pm - 6:00pm


Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Adolphus Busch Hall at
Cabot Way, 27 Kirkland St., Cambridge



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Gazette Classification: Lecture Organization/Sponsor: Minda de
Gunzburg Center for European Studies Harvard University, 27 Kirkland
Street Speaker(s): <strong>Jessica Brandt</strong><br /><em>Head of
Policy and Research, Alliance for Securing Democracy; Fellow, The
German Marshall Fund of the United States</em><br /><strong>Torrey
Taussig</strong><br /><em>Research Director, Project on Europe and the
Transatlantic Relationship, Harvard Kennedy School</em> Chairs:
<strong>Sebastián Royo</strong><br /><em>Professor of Government,
Suffolk University; CES Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University; Visiting
Scholar 2019-2020 &amp; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard
University</em><br /><strong>José Manuel Martinez Sierra</strong><br
/><em>Jean Monnet ad Personam Professor in EU Law and Government, Real
Colegio Complutense, Harvard University; CES Local Affiliate &amp;
Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University</em> Contact Info: Anna Popiel,
apopiel@fas.harvard.edu Link:
Europe is at the center of two defining trends in international
politics today: renewed great power competition and the resurgence of
global authoritarianism. Amidst the rise of nationalist and
authoritarian-leaning governments within the EU and NATO, Europe is
increasingly vulnerable to Russian and Chinese influence. In this
context, Jessica Brandt and Torrey Taussig argue in Washington
Quarterly that Russia and China are carrying out strategies across
Europe at the expense of free and open societies, but that Europe has
been slow to forge a counter-strategy. This conversation will
highlight a spectrum of Russian and Chinese overt and covert
activities in Europe, ranging from benign state tools, such as public
diplomacy, to more malevolent efforts, including direct interference
in electoral processes. Moving forward, it will be incumbent on
European policymakers to avoid looking any one vector in isolation and
to close vulnerabilities across their political systems, economies and



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Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 16:30 to 18:00



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