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Exploring Russian Cyber Interference: A RENPET Scholar's Journey at the University of Kent

Eugene Kondratov |

Between September and December 2023, I undertook a RENPET-funded research stay at the University of Kent’s School of Politics and International Relations. This period was integral to my PhD thesis, which examines Russia’s hybrid interference campaigns in Western democracies. My primary aim was to explore the changing dynamics of Russian disinformation and cyber interference, assessing […]

Explaining Research Activities of International Organizations

Europe of Knowledge |

Anke Reinhardt International governmental organizations are not, at least not primarily, research organizations. There are exceptions: For example, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) were both created to conduct research. But the vast majority of international organizations have other functions: facilitating international cooperation, regulating international […]

'Migrant Instrumentalisation' , EU’s Border with Belarus and Russia and Realities on the Ground

Dr Aleksandra Jolkina |

In late November 2023, Finland temporary closed all its border crossing points with Russia in response to the perceived ‘instrumentalisation of migrants’ by that country. This has been made possible by the recent amendments to the Finnish Border Guard Act that allow for border closure in case of a large influx of migrants, deliberately caused […]

Institutional quality and geography of discontent in the EU

JCMS |

by Burhan Can Karahasan (MEF University) and Mehmet Pinar (Universidad de Sevilla and Istanbul Bilgi University)   In the 2016 Referendum, with a Leave vote of 51.89%, the United Kingdom (UK) became the first country to withdraw from the European Union (EU) officially. While the political and economic consequences of the Brexit process are still […]

Without migrants, we wouldn't have the NHS

Jon Danzig |

Our NHS would collapse without migrants. Almost 20% of the staff in NHS England are from overseas. Out of 1.5 million NHS staff in England, around 265,000 reported a non-British nationality as of June 2023. That’s 45,000 more than the previous year. What’s more, since Brexit, data indicates that the proportion of EU citizens working […]

Researching Pharmaceutical Policymaking in Brussels

Vassilis Karokis-Mavrikos |

As an early career academic in European Public Policy, my PhD thesis seeks to introduce a new lens for the understanding of agenda-setting and policy-formulation dynamics at the EU level.

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