Countering Russia’s Disinformation and Malign Influence

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Countering Russia’s Disinformation and Malign Influence

24th July 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

President Vladimir Putin’s Russia seeks to weaken Western institutions and governments. Its disinformation campaigns attempt to exacerbate pre-existing divisions and create polarisations in societies. These campaigns are often most visible during elections, but they do not stop when the ballot box closes. Instead they are one of a number of tools in the Kremlin’s broader tool-kit of malign influence, which also includes cyber-hacking, illicit finance, and the use of economic warfare.

In this panel discussion Nina Jankowicz will share findings from her new book, How To Lose The Information War, which surveys how Central and Eastern European countries have combatted Russian disinformation and compares this with the approach of the United States. And Brian Whitmore will put this into a much broader context, describing the role of disinformation in the Russia’s broader malign influence tool-kit and drawing out lessons for how the West and individual countries can respond.President Vladimir Putin’s Russia seeks to weaken Western institutions and governments. Its disinformation campaigns attempt to exacerbate pre-existing divisions and create polarisations in societies. These campaigns are often most visible during elections, but they do not stop when the ballot box closes. Instead they are one of a number of tools in the Kremlin’s broader tool-kit of malign influence, which also includes cyber-hacking, illicit finance, and the use of economic warfare.

In this panel discussion Nina Jankowicz will share findings from her new book, How To Lose The Information War, which surveys how Central and Eastern European countries have combatted Russian disinformation and compares this with the approach of the United States. And Brian Whitmore will put this into a much broader context, describing the role of disinformation in the Russia’s broader malign influence tool-kit and drawing out lessons for how the West and individual countries can respond.

Nina Jankowicz, the author of How to Lose the Information War, studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe as the Wilson Center’s Disinformation Fellow. Ms. Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the auspices of a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and others. She is a frequent TV and radio commentator on disinformation and Russian and Eastern European affairs, and has been interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and PBS’s Judy Woodruff. Prior to her Fulbright grant in Ukraine, Ms. Jankowicz managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She received her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College.

Brian Whitmore is a Director of the Russia Program at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), in Washington D.C.

He is also the author of The Power Vertical Blog and host of The Power Vertical Podcast, both of which focus on Russian affairs.

Prior to joining CEPA, he was Senior Russia Analyst for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Prior to joining RFE, Whitmore worked as a foreign correspondent for The Boston Globe in Moscow and in Prague.

He has worked as a graduate lecturer in the Department of Government and International Studies at the University of South Carolina, and as a visiting lecturer in the History Faculty at Mechnikov National University in Odessa, Ukraine and the International Relations Faculty at St. Petersburg State University in Russia.

His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy, Newsweek, and elsewhere. He has appeared as a guest commentator on CNN, the BBC World Service, NPR and various other media.

Whitmore has an MA in Political Science from Villanova University and BA in Politics from  St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.

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Date:
24th July 2020
Time:
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Online
United Kingdom

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