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Tainted Leaks: Disinformation and Phishing With a Russian Nexus

By Adam Hulcoop, John Scott-Railton, Peter Tanchak, Matt Brooks, and Ron Deibert, CitizenLab “Every external operation is first and foremost a domestic one: the single most important role of the agencies is to secure the regime.” — Mark Galeotti on Russian foreign intelligence Key Points Documents stolen from a prominent journalist and critic of the Russian government were manipulated and then released as a “leak” to discredit domestic and foreign

The activity of pro-Russian extremist groups in Central-Eastern Europe

Source: Political Capital About the project Political Capital documented the conducted research on Russian actors and hate groups in Central Europe and raised awareness of this pernicious influence among the wider public throughout 2016-2017 within the project supported by the National Endowment for Democracy. Together with partners from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, as well as Austria, Political Capital worked to produce comprehensive studies on the Russian influence

Key steps for countering Russian propaganda: A toolkit for journalists

Political Capital Institute prepared a toolkit on how to tackle Russian propaganda. The toolkit is mostly based on the workshops Political Capital held with the British Embassy Budapest last year, November and the two webinars which took place this year in February and March. Key steps for countering Russian propaganda: A toolkit for journalists

Warfare in a Post-Truth World: Lessons from Ukraine

Author: Yuri Zhukov, for PONARS Policy Memo PDF (PONARS Policy Memo) The U.S. intelligence community’s January 6 report about Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election highlighted the role of Russian media organizations in spreading fake news and amplifying leaked materials in an attempt to manipulate public opinion. While few Americans receive their news directly from Russian sources, it is hard to dispute that a major consequence is that U.S.

Understanding Russian “Hybrid Warfare” and what can be done about it

By Christopher S. Chivvis, RAND Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee on March 22, 2017. This report is part of the RAND Corporation testimony series. RAND testimonies record testimony presented by RAND associates to federal, state, or local legislative committees; government-appointed commissions and panels; and private review and oversight bodies.- Permission is given to duplicate this electronic document for personal use only, as long as it is unaltered

Countering Information War Lessons Learned from NATO and Partner Countries: Recommendations and Conclusions

By Daniel Milo and Katarína Klingová, Globsec Policy Institute “Russia is waging the most amazing information warfare blitzkrieg we have ever seen in the history of information warfare.“ Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO Wales summit, September 2014. In 2013, General Valery Gerasimov published an article, now know famously as “Gerasimov’s Doctrine”, which defined information warfare as the combination of electronic warfare, cyberwarfare and psychological operations into a single, coordinated military effort.

Hybrid Warfare in the Baltics: Threats and Potential Responses

By Andrew Radin, RAND Many policymakers and analysts have expressed concerns about Russian use of “hybrid warfare,” especially against Estonia and Latvia, which have significant Russian-speaking populations. The author of this report analyzes the hybrid threat to the Baltics by dividing potential Russian aggression in three categories: nonviolent subversion, covert violent action, and conventional warfare supported by subversion. The author finds that, given the growing integration of Russian speakers and

Populism in Europe and Its Russian Love Affair

By Dalibor Rohac, Edit Zgut, Lóránt Győri, American Enterprise Institute Key Points Populism is on the rise across Europe, often with help from Russian propaganda. Because of its corrosive effects on confidence in NATO, EU, and democratic politics at large, the growth of populism is of immediate interest to US policymakers. The historical record suggests that support for populists rises after financial crises, which result in sluggish economic recoveries. Therefore,

Russian Information Campaign Against Ukrainian State And Defence Forces

The report was executed for the NATO StratCom COE by the Centre for Applied Research under the Estonian National Defence College. The objective of this research is to identify how the Russian media portrays the Ukrainian military and security structures, including the policies of the Kiev government and their ‘collaboration’ with the West. The research group looks at how messages disseminated in the media attempt to construct attitudes and advocate

The Dynamics of Russia’s Information Activities against Ukraine during the Syria Campaign

Abstract Two major geopolitical conflicts are at the core of this research. Military conflict in Syria and the related rise of terrorism carried out by Daesh, in both the region and beyond, pose an enormous policy challenge for the governments of the United States of America (US) and Europe. Simultaneously, Russia faces sanctions after it annexed Crimea – the biggest and most serious geopolitical violation of national borders in the

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