Katarína is a senior research fellow at the GLOBSEC Policy Institute, a think tank based in Bratislava. As a member of GLOBSEC's Strategic Communication program she has been monitoring disinformation in Slovakia and Central European region since 2016. She has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly analyses on foreign disinformation and subversion in Central Europe, including Vulnerability Index: Subversive Russian Influence in Central Europe and Countering Information Warfare - Lessons Learned from NATO Members and Partner Countries.
While the worst of the global COVID-19 pandemic seems to be over, its long-term implications for our societies’ stability and safety will reverberate much longer. Regardless of the actual situation on the ground, effective communication of policy narratives to domestic and foreign audiences will be crucial in any future conflicts or crises. The ability to see patterns and connections between seemingly isolated incidents, that are actually elements of broader hybrid threats strategies, will be of equal importance. The COVID-19 crisis might be turned into an impetus for reforming EU and NATO’s strategic communication efforts and threat perception mechanisms, integrating them much more with their core activities. How should democratic societies react to a rapidly shifting threat horizon and the increasingly difficult task of assigning attribution to attackers? What should be done to boost EU and NATO capacities to detect and deter hybrid threats? How should strategic communication be mainstreamed into a wider range of modern foreign and security policy measures?