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Alliance for Securing Democracy

The Alliance for Securing Democracy, a bipartisan, transatlantic initiative housed at The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF), will develop comprehensive strategies to defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors’ efforts to undermine democracy and democratic institutions. The Alliance will work to publicly document and expose Vladimir Putin’s ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United States and Europe.
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Association for International Affairs

The Association for International Affairs (AMO) is a nongovernmental, not-for-profit Prague-based organization founded in 1997. Its main aim is to promote research and education in the field of international relations. AMO facilitates expression and realization of ideas, thoughts, and projects in order to increase education, mutual understanding, and tolerance among people. AMO represents a unique and transparent platform where academics, business people, policy makers, diplomats, media, and nongovernmental organizations can interact in an open and impartial environment.
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Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies

The Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) is an independent socio-liberal think tank founded in 2007 in Belgrade, Serbia that stands for adoption of the principle of the precedence of individual over collective rights, without disregard for the rights which individuals can only achieve through collective action; strengthening of the secular state; and development and preservation of a more open, freer, prosperous, and cooperative international order founded on smart globalization. CEAS advocacy and research work is mostly focused on contemporary Serbian, regional, and transatlantic foreign and security policies; full Serbian membership in the European Union (EU) and NATO; Russian and other non-democratic influences on the stabilization and democratization of Western Balkans; the importance of connection between security sector reform and transitional justice in the post-conflict Balkans; promotion of Responsibility to Protect – the international humanitarian and security doctrine; and challenging questions of multiculturalism.
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Center for European Policy Analysis

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan, public policy research institute. Our mission is to promote an economically vibrant, strategically secure, and politically free Europe with close and enduring ties to the United States. Our analytical team consists of the world’s leading experts on Central-East Europe, Russia, and its neighbors. Through cutting-edge research, analysis, and programs we provide fresh insight on energy, security and defense to government officials and agencies; we help transatlantic businesses navigate changing strategic landscapes; and we build networks of future Atlanticist leaders.
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Datalyrics

Datalyrics is a network of academics, journalists and practitioners. Our aim is for the decisive majority of opinion-makers and the receptive public to share a common baseline of beliefs based on verified facts and solid research. We do not want to stand by politics based on a mixture of half-truths, touristic impressions and misleading inferences. We wish to support evidence-based policy-making. Our content is created by several correspondents who get help from over four hundred consultants spread out between Berkeley, Prague and Jakarta.
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Denník N

Denník N is a news organization based in Bratislava, Slovakia. It circulates stories about events across the world through both its website and newspaper. Denník N fights disinformation by providing Slovak-language stories that help counter anti-Western propaganda.
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Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) has operationalized the study of disinformation by exposing falsehoods and fake news, documenting human rights abuses, and building digital resilience worldwide. DFRLab continually tracks global disinformation campaigns, fake news stories, covert military developments, and subversive attempts against democracy while teaching the public skills to identify and expose attempts to pollute the information space. Using open source, social media, and digital forensic research DFRLab's Digital Sherlocks have conducted ground breaking investigations into war crimes committed during the siege of Aleppo and ceasefire violations in Ukraine.
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DROG

DROG is a group of specialists and experts in the field of disinformation working to assist people in recognizing and fighting deception and polarization through disinformation. DROG hosts workshops, speaks at conferences, conducts research, and works on a broad campaign of actions. In the immediate future, DROG plans to organize a propaganda experiment in which participants learn to recognize the tricks behind misinformation by placing themselves in the shoes of the manipulator. DROG has tailor-made workshops, lectures, and simulations for schools, organizations, and government agencies.
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Eastern Europe Studies Centre

The Eastern Europe Studies Centre (EESC) is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization aiming to build civil society and promote democracy in Eastern Europe by monitoring and researching political, economic, and social developments in the region, and by developing qualitative analyses of them. EESC organizes conferences, seminars, and roundtable discussions regarding issues relevant to civil society and democracy; it trains people in areas relevant to its mission; and it also offers consultations and recommendations to individuals and organizations cooperating with Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia. EESC specializes in the European Union (EU) Eastern neighborhood policy. In 2007, EESC expanded its field of activity by establishing the Democracy and Development Assistance Fund. Its fundamental aim is to promote freedom and democracy in Eastern Europe by strengthening cooperation across borders and building networks that focus on development-oriented projects. The Fund has six programs and supports various projects in different fields.
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Eastbook

The Eastbook.eu portal was created in 2010 as a student initiative to share stories about Eastern Europe. It is guided by the idea of ​​inspiring international discussion about the region and promoting the vision of a Common Europe based on European values, without political, geographical, or historical divisions.
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EU vs Disinformation

EU vs Disinformation is part of a campaign to better forecast, address, and respond to pro-Kremlin disinformation. The campaign is run by the European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force. The team was set up in March 2015 after the heads of state and governments of the European Union (EU) stressed the need to challenge Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns. The task force is made up of fourteen full-time staff, recruited from the EU institutions or seconded by EU Member States. Team members have a variety of professional communications backgrounds and speak several languages, including Russian. The team's main product to raise awareness of disinformation is the weekly Disinformation Review. This contains a compilation of reports received from members of the myth-busting network. Since 2015, EU vs Disinformation has worked with partners to identify and debunk over 3,500 disinformation cases (figure from November 2017). The site is the only publicly accessible, international database of disinformation cases. It is supported and promoted by the EUvsDisinfo Facebook page and Twitter account. EU vs Disinformation supplements their database with a large number of in-house analytical articles about various aspects of disinformation. It also collates and recommends many reports, studies, and articles by other authors on the subject. Apart from this publicly available output, EU vs Disinformation also briefs and trains EU institutions, member state governments, journalists, and researchers, and participates regularly in conferences to share their experiences. It is regularly quoted and used by politicians, governments, state agencies, researchers, think tanks, and journalists across Europe and beyond. For inquiries, please contact disinforeview@euvsdisinfo.eu.
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EU DisinfoLab

Initiated at the Brussels DisinfoLab conference in September 2017, the EU DisinfoLab is an international nongovernmental organization gathering top European experts in fighting disinformation. It also brings a new tool to the fight – its own methodology of social network analysis that maps suspicious online communities and sources fake news.
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European Values

The European Values think tank is a nongovernmental policy institute defending liberal democracy. European Values’ vision is that of a free, safe, and prosperous Czech Republic within Central Europe that is an integral part of the West. European Values seeks to oppose aggressive regimes, radicalization within society and extremist ideologies, and the spread of authoritarian tendencies. European Values provides decision makers with expert recommendations and evaluates and analyzes their performance. They support active citizens, accountable politicians, and political parties that fulfill their role, as well as create a cohesive society that shares the values of individual freedom, human dignity, and equal rights – the principle elements of a functioning liberal democracy.
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GlobalFocus Center

GlobalFocus Center is an independent international studies think tank which produces in-depth research and high quality analysis on foreign policy, security, European affairs, good governance and development. Our purpose is to advance expertise by functioning as a platform for cooperation and dialogue among individual experts, NGOs, think-tanks and public institutions from Romania and foreign partners. Our current flagship projects focus on the transfer of reform and transformation experience; strategic communications and countering hybrid threats; fostering regional security and contributing to the reflection process of EU reform and preparations for Romania’s 2019 EU Council Presidency.
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GLOBSEC

GLOBSEC's STRATCOM program aims to strengthen the resilience of Central European societies to subversive efforts by undemocratic foreign actors and to defend the integrity of the information space. We provide data and research driven insight into the impact of information warfare and disinformation campaigns aimed at destabilizing society and safety of democratic societies in Central and Eastern Europe.
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International Centre for Defence and Security

The International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) is the leading think tank in Estonia specializing in foreign policy, security, and defense issues. We aim to be the regional knowledge hub of first choice for the security and defense communities of Estonia, its allies, and partners. ICDS’ mission is to: strengthen Estonia’s security and defense sector by identifying and analyzing national security and defense challenges and proposing policy solutions; sharpen strategic thinking in NATO and the European Union (EU) on security issues that affect the Nordic-Baltic region by offering timely and high-quality analysis and policy recommendations; contribute to enhancing Estonia’s intellectual role within NATO and the EU by developing forward-looking and innovative policy ideas and strategic solutions for the common European and transatlantic security and defense agenda; raise public awareness and stimulate public debate on security, defense, and foreign policy matters. In pursuit of its mission, ICDS conducts research, organizes a major annual foreign policy event – the Lennart Meri Conference (LMC), organizes the Annual Baltic Conference on Defence (ABCD), organizes Estonian National Defence Courses, publishes a monthly foreign affairs magazine, and conducts various outreach activities.
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International Forum for Democratic Studies

The International Forum for Democratic Studies is a leading center for analysis and discussion of the theory and practice of democracy around the world. Bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of democracy, Forum initiatives include publishing the Journal of Democracy, housing fellowship programs for democracy activists and researchers, and organizing events. Through its Power 3.0 blog and other products, the Forum also fosters discussion on modern challenges to democracy, from transnational kleptocracy and authoritarian influence to risks emanating from the evolving global information space.
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Myth Detector

The Myth Detector to Inform Citizens and Strengthening Media Literacy, or simply Myth Detector, is a Georgia-based project created by the Media Development Foundation to respond to anti-Western propaganda by working to better inform the public. The project focuses on tracking and debunking disinformation disseminated in the media. Myth Detector informs citizens through both the internet as well as television programs, and works to promote media literacy among young people.
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New Eastern Europe

New Eastern Europe is the exclusive bimonthly news magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European affairs. Our editorial team is based in Krakow, Poland. The project is a joint collaboration between the City of Gdansk, the European Solidarity Center, and the Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College of Eastern Europe. The mission of New Eastern Europe is to shape the debate, enhance understanding, and further the dialogue surrounding issues facing the states that were once a part of the Soviet Union or under its influence. New Eastern Europe is not a scholarly journal, but takes a more journalistic approach with commentary/analysis from journalists, experts, analysts, writers, historians, as well as leaders and political figures from the East and the West.
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NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights

The NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights is located at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. The Center offers classes, conducts research, and carries out projects on current business and human rights challenges. The Center's mission is to challenge and empower companies and future business leaders to make practical progress on human rights.
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Polygraph

Polygraph.info is a fact-checking website produced by Voice of America (VOA)​ and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. The website serves as a resource for verifying the increasing volume of disinformation and misinformation being distributed and shared globally. A similar website in the Russian language can be found at factograph.info. VOA and RFE/RL journalists research and analyze quotes, stories, and reports distributed by government officials, government-sponsored media, and other high-profile individuals. The reporters separate fact from fiction, add context, and debunk lies. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty are multi-media, non-partisan, international broadcasters providing accurate news and information, particularly for audiences with limited press freedoms. VOA, headquartered in Washington, DC, broadcasts in 45 languages to a measured weekly audience of more than 238 million people around the world. RFE/RL serves as a surrogate media source in 26 languages, reaching more than 23.6 million people each week.
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Riddle

In 1939, Winston Churchill coined a phrase that has enthralled Russia watchers ever since. “Russia,” he said, “is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Our founding of Riddle represents not only a recognition of Russia’s complexity, but also a resolution to seek out answers. After all, riddles have solutions; mysteries can be explained; and the enigma code was ultimately decrypted. By bringing together a diverse community of experts, we aim to provide independent, balanced analysis on Russia without fear or favour. While many in our community are experienced international Russia watchers, we also provide a platform for a new generation of analysts from all corners of Russia studies, and to run it in both English and Russian. Successor to Intersection: Russia/Europe/World
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StopFake

StopFake was created with the goal of verifying and refuting disinformation and propaganda being circulated in the media about events in Ukraine. However, the project has grown into an information hub that examines and analyze all aspects of Kremlin propaganda. StopFake not only looks at how propaganda influences Ukraine but also investigates how propaganda impacts other countries and regions, from the European Union to post-Soviet states. StopFake’s team of media professionals is constantly growing. Today, they fact-check, de-bunk, edit, translate, research, and disseminate information in 11 languages: Russian, English, Spanish, Romanian, Bulgarian, French, Italian, Dutch, Czech, German, and Polish. StopFake strives to achieve the goal of not only refuting disinformation, but also creating a propaganda archive and database, analyzing and verifying information, training various media stakeholders to identify disinformation and participating in conferences, and hosting seminars on journalistic integrity and fact-checking.
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Ukraine Crisis Media Center

Ukraine Crisis Media Center was launched in March 2014 by efforts of leading Ukrainian experts in the sphere of international relations, communications and public relations to provide the world community with accurate and up-to-date information on the events in Ukraine, as well as challenges and threats to the national security, namely in military, political, economic, energy and humanitarian spheres. Since its inception, UCMC hosted over 3000 events involving more than 7500 participants, civic activists, experts, politicians, authorities, diplomats, civic activists and opinion leaders. We prepared and circulated more than 200 original materials and over 6700 press releases for Ukrainian and foreign mass media. UCMC was visited by more than 7500 representatives of domestic and international media during two years of its work. Around 11000 journalists and experts receive press releases and materials from UCMC. Hotline operators processed 17000 requests from mass media. Over 50 fixers were working with international media in regions of Ukraine.
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Vilnius Institute for Policy Analysis

The Vilnius Institute of Policy Analysis (VIPA) is an independent organization uniting different policy experts. Associate experts of the VIPA investigate important problems of the state and society, address uncomfortable issues, search for fact-based answers, and propose solutions to make public life more transparent. Activities are aimed at increasing freedom, transparency, democracy, and civic awareness in Lithuania.
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