Ivana Karásková is a China Research Fellow and a China Projects Lead at the Association for International Affairs (AMO).
In 2016, she founded and has been since coordinating two international projects on China: MapInfluenCE which analyzes China and Russia’s influence in Central Europe, and China Observers in Central and Eastern Europe (CHOICE), a networking platform bringing together more than 100 China researchers from 27 different countries, analyzing China’s activities in Europe (any beyond).
Apart from her work at AMO, Ivana is also a Scientific Researcher at Central European Digital Media Observatory (CEDMO), Charles University, where she focuses on Chinese propaganda and disinformation. Since 2020, she has been a European China Policy Fellow at Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) in Germany. She is a Czech representative at China expert pool at the European Center of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (Hybrid CoE) in Helsinki, Finland.
In April 2023, Ivana was appointed a Special Advisor to Vice-President of the European Commission and a Commissioner for Values and Transparency, Věra Jourová. Ivana consults on the preparation of the Defense of Democracy package
In her research she focuses on conceptualization of China’s influence, China’s propaganda and disinformation, state and societal resilience, technology transfers to China and EU-China relations.
Ivana holds Ph.D. in International Relations and other university degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication, European Studies and International Relations. She completed research and study stays in China (Fudan University, East China Normal University), Taiwan (Chengchi University, Tamkang University) and the United States (Fulbright scholar at Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, New York).
Ivana has testified at the European Parliament’s hearings on Chinese foreign policy and China’s influence in Europe. She presented her research at Bundestag as well as for the members of the US Congress.
She was quoted in e.g. The New York Times, BBC, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Deutsche Welle, Le Monde, etc.