Russian Political Influence in Europe

Center for American Studies
Via Michelangelo Caetani, 32, 00186
Rome, Italy
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – 5:30 p.m.

Welcome remarks:
Paolo Messa
Center for American Studies
A conversation with:
Luigi Sergio Germani
Gino Germani Institute of Social Sciences and Strategic Studies
John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council
Nona Mikhelidze
Head of the Eastern Europe and Eurasia Programme
Istituto Affari Internazionali (IAI)
Alina Polyakova
David M. Rubenstein Fellow – Foreign Policy,
Center on the United States and Europe
Brookings Institution
Fabio Rugge
Head of the Centre on Cybersecurity
Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale (ISPI)
Please join the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and the Center for American Studies for a
discussion on Russian political influence in Europe.
Following an installment on France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, the Atlantic Council is launching a
report entitled The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses II: Russian Influence in Greece, Italy, and Spain, which
examines Russian political presence in Southern Europe. The authors present a comprehensive
assessment of how the Kremlin influences politics and foreign policy in three of Europe’s major powers,
with the aim of destabilizing the European Union and the transatlantic partnership. Russia seeks to gain a
foothold in European politics by building relationships with fringe political parties and leaders and
developing close personal and business ties with mainstream European politicians. Through these efforts,
the Russian government has been able to develop a network of “Trojan horses:” organizations and
individuals who publicly support Russian interests and undermine European cohesion. John Herbst. Nona
Mikhelidze, and Fabio Rugge will join two of the authors – Alina Polyakova and Luigi Sergio Germani – to
discuss the report’s findings, as well as Russia’s broader foreign policy towards Europe.

We hope you can join us for this timely discussion.

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