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Fighting the American ‘occupation’ of Romania

By Corina Rebegea, for CEPA The injection of anti-West narratives in online media and social platforms has become business as usual in Romania. The country’s pro-Kremlin disinformation ecosystem now includes fringe religious, nationalist or “anti-system” groups that adopt narratives concocted in Kremlin-sponsored laboratories. One such narrative describes the negative effects of Romania’s NATO membership and alliance with the United States. But in certain political contexts, these narratives get amplified in

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.

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.

Tracking a Mysterious Missile Launcher Inside an Information War

By Henk van Ess, Global Investigation Journalism Network Egyptian traffic cops found a mobile launcher lying in a piece of pile near the airport of Cairo. The story was quickly dismissed by Egyptian media. But others believed it. In this detective & research adventure, you learn how to find the truth midst of an information war. CAIRO / BERLIN — Ibrahim Yousry was heading to work in Cairo when he was shocked

Fake news: War without blood

A Russian general is working on digital battle plans; hackers are attacking Germany’s federal government; and a man in the Crimea wants to plunge Germany into chaos with fake news. There’s a fierce struggle in progress around the Bundestag election in September. Lesen Sie die deutsche Version dieser Geschichte. By Von Patrick Beuth, Marc Brost, Peter Dausend, Steffen Dobbert und Götz Hamann, Zeit The alternative truth about Germany is generated

U.S. Preps for Infowar on Russia

While President Trump is still defending Vladimir Putin in public, American policymakers have finally awoken to Russian intervention in the U.S. democratic process — and are pumping tens of millions into a counter-propaganda initiative. By Tim Mak, The Daily Beast President Trump may be continuing his public pursuit for Vladimir Putin’s affections. But behind the scenes, the United States is quietly preparing to wage an information war against Russia. The

Putin’s throwback propaganda playbook

By Yardena Schwartz, Columbia Journalism Review Russian President Vladimir Putin had dreamed of becoming an intelligence agent ever since high school. “What amazed me most was how one man’s effort could achieve what whole armies could not,” the former KGB agent later recalled. “One spy could decide the fate of thousands of people.” Putin’s prophetic words weren’t uttered during the Cold War, when the US and Soviet Union were waging

Disinformation with a Silicon Valley ethos

By Louise Lief, Columbia Journalism Review Set aside for a moment concerns that the Russians are undermining our democracy, and let’s pause to admire their handiwork. Seen through a Silicon Valley optic, they are remarkable media innovators. They’ve disrupted the tech sector so thoroughly that even Facebook and Google are scrambling. You can picture the approving nods they would get in West Coast boardrooms as they describe their return on

Dmitri Trenin: Information is a potent weapon in the new cold war

sked by Bloomberg this month about Russian involvement in the hacking of the US Democratic national committee, Vladimir Putin issued a non-denial denial. Basically, his answer boiled down to this: whoever did it did a good thing. This response only added to the stir created by the initial accusation that Russia was behind the activities of the “Fancy Bears”. The fear of Russia manipulating presidential elections in the world’s mightiest

Understanding Russia’s Concept for Total War in Europe

By Martin N Murphy, PhD Russia perceives itself as surrounded by enemies, and that the strategic depth that has been its principal security must be restored. In this sense, no territory is more significant than Ukraine. Russian leadership also worries about the erosion of a zone around Russia’s borders where politically dangerous ideas can be stifled before they undermine the regime’s hold on power. Russia’s leadership believes it can stem

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