Project Lead and China Analyst, Association for International Affairs (AMO)
Dr. Ivana Karásková is a Project Lead and China Analyst at Association for International Affairs (AMO), a Prague-based think tank and a non-governmental organization, where she founded and has been coordinating two international projects on China. The project MapInfluenCE maps China’s and Russia’s influence in Central Europe (i.e. Czechia, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia), while the other project, China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE), is a networking platform and online publishing outlet. CHOICE gathers more than 100 China researchers from Central and Eastern Europe, analyzes and critically dissects China-led initiatives, such as the format for cooperation between China and CEE countries and the Belt and Road Initiative and observes Chinese activities in 27 countries. Ivana is also a researcher with Central European Digital Media Observatory (CEDMO) based at Charles University, the Czech Republic, and a European China Policy Fellow at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS), Germany. Ivana holds Ph.D. in International Relations and other university degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication, European Studies and International Relations. Ivana completed research and study stays in China (Fudan University, East China Normal University), Taiwan (Chengchi University, Tamkang University) and United States (Fulbright scholar at Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York). She is an alumna of the US State Department’s International Visitors Program on Investment Screening Mechanism and a member of China expert pool at the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) in Helsinki, Finland. Ivana presented her research to Members of European Parliament and US Congress, and was quoted in Al Jazeera, BBC, Financial Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, South China Morning Post, Deutsche Welle, Foreign Policy, Le Monde, Radio Free Europe, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Le Temps, China Digital Times, Sydney Morning Herald etc. Her research findings appeared in The New York Times, US-China Economic and Security Commission’s 2018 Annual Report, Reporters without Boarders’ report on vulnerability of media, US Congress hearings, etc. Ivana’s research includes conceptualization of China’s influence, China’s propaganda and disinformation, state and societal resilience, technology transfers to China and EU-China relations.
With the urgency to stand for democracy, this session will explore the non-military notion of ‘’hybrid threats to democracy’’. It will bring representatives from the EU institutions and experts from political foundations and their partners to discuss how to respond to disinformation threats and foreign election interventions. It will also look into our role as political foundations in empowering civil society and political actors in facing such realities, and discuss the role of China and Russia in this new geopolitical context