Competitive Strategies for Combating Political Warfare: Insights from Europe and East Asia

31 May 2018 09:30
31 May 2018 11:00

Conference Room Lisbon -1, Pleinlaan 5, Ixelles

The Institute for European Studies (IES) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is pleased to host the Brussels launch of the study ‘Competitive Strategies for Combating Political Warfare’, authored by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA).

Russia and China have in recent years used various means to undermine the political systems of various democratic states and expand their international influence.  As the 2017 U.S. National Security Strategy puts it, “actors such as Russia are using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies. Adversaries target media, political processes, financial networks, and personal data.” Examples include Russian attempts to meddle in the political systems and elections of several countries in the Euro-Atlantic community, as well as China’s efforts to leverage its economic influence to undermine the cohesion of actors like the European Union or ASEAN. Indeed, it has become increasingly clear that Moscow and Beijing are engaging in a protracted campaign of “political warfare” that poses a threat to liberal democracy in Europe, East Asia and beyond. Building on CSBA’s recent report, this roundtable will discuss Russian and Chinese approaches to political warfare, and examine some of the ways through which the United States and its European and Asian allies can counter political warfare.


  Luis Simón

  Research Professor

  Institute for European Studies (VUB)


  Thomas Mahnken


  Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments


  Toshi Yoshihara

  Senior Fellow

  Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments


  Chris Donnelly


  Institute for Statecraft


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