GLOBSEC Vulnerability Index 2021 – Comparative report

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Publication Date November 2021
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The GLOBSEC Vulnerability Index measures vulnerability towards foreign influence in eight countries: Bulgaria, Czechia, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia on a 0-100 scale, where 0 is the most resilient and 100 the most vulnerable. It assesses five key dimensions: public attitudes, political landscape, public administration, information landscape, and civic and academic space, with a particular focus directed towards the Kremlin’s and Beijing’s activities.

The Index’s importance goes beyond the Central European and Western Balkan regions, however. It is a test of how confrontation of the West against Russia on the one hand and China on the other is playing out in a strategically important part of the world – geographically peripheral members of EU and NATO or countries in their neighbourhood aspiring to membership or partnership.


  • 04 Authors and editors
  • 08 What is this report about?
  • 12 Vulnerability dimensions
  • 16 Strategic insight
  • 18 Public attitudes
  • 20 Political landscape
  • 22 Public administration
  • 24 Information landscape
  • 26 Civic and academic space


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GLOBSEC: Vulnerability Index, November 2021: Extended methodology

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