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18th Euro-Atlantic Summer School

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The National University of Public Service’s Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies is one of the organisers of the 18th Euro-Atlantic Summer School. The focus of this year’s even is examining the defence policy challenges of the “post-truth era”.

On both the international and the Hungarian scene the term “post-truth” became known last year in connection with the US Elections and the Brexit campaign. The term describes such an event, when the objective facts have less influence on the public opinion than feelings and personal beliefs. The event is accredited by the Hungarian Ministry of Human Capacities and is held until 28 July 2017. On the first day of the summer school, Dr. Péter Tálas, head of the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies looked at how the preconceptions of the “objective” and “subjective” are in the 12st century. Following Dr. Tálas, Alex Etl, PhD student at the Doctoral School of Military Sciences examined securitisation as ruling technique in relation to the challenges of the post-truth times. Dr. Rácz András researcher of the Centre for Strategic and Defence Studies then looked at the workings and limitations of hybrid warfare. Last but not least, Dr. Csaba Krasznay presented the challenges of modern cybersecurity by case studies on the 2017 case of ransomware attacks.

The opening ceremony of the summer school was attended by colonel Zoltán Rolkó, deputy base-commander of the 86th "Szolnok" Helicopter Wing of the Hungarian Air Force, colonel László Drót, commander of the HDF Peace Support Training Centre, and lieutenant colonel Béla Gőcze deputy directors of the DF vitéz Szurmay Sándor Budapest Garrison Brigade. The event was organized in the framework of PADOP -2.1.2.- CCHOP-15-2016-00001 program on “Good Governance Development”.