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How a social media joke became anti-NATO propaganda in Estonia

By Urve Eslas, for CEPA A Russian propaganda website has turned a local joke about the Estonian-Russian border fence into an anti-NATO narrative directed at Estonia’s ethnic Russians. After an 11 May TV news broadcast showed Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid visiting the Estonian-Russian boundary, a few social media users shared observations about the border fence. Some noted that the barrier’s upper metal brackets were turned not towards Russian, but Estonian

German military will create a Cybernetic and Information Command

In Germany, a Cybernetic and Information Command will come into existence in early April, as reported by Reuters. The new facility will be located in Bonn. Its initial size will be 260 people, but it is planned to bring it to 13.5 thousand people, including strategic military intelligence and communication centers, by July. By 2021, the number of employees of the service will reach 14,500 people, 1,500 seats of which

Russian Narratives on NATO’s Deployment

How Russian-language media in Poland and the Baltic States portray NATO’s reinforcements By Ben Nimmo, DFRLab In July 2016, NATO member states decided to enhance the alliance’s presence in Eastern Europe on a rotational basis, with four multinational battalion-size groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The move was intended to strengthen NATO’s deterrence and defense posture and serve as a reminder that “an attack on one is an attack

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.

Russian media distort Ukrainian poll results on eve of Independence Day

Distortion and manipulation of Ukrainian poll results is a favorite topic of Russian media. On the eve the country’s 25th independence anniversary scores of Russian media (RIA Novosti, REN TV,  Vzglyad, PolitChaos, Chastnye Voyennye Kompanyi, UBR, Kharkov News Agency) declared that only 60% of Ukrainians considered themselves citizens of their country. The poll in question was conducted by the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences Sociology Institute and the Intellectual Perspective Fund.

Fake: Naval NATO Sea Breeze exercises disrupted because of Ukraine

On July 18 RIA Novosti  reported on its website that the Sea Breeze 2016 joint US-Ukrainian military exercises were unable to proceed because of technical problems with Ukraine’s flagship frigate. RIA’s source for this claim was a telephone conversation with an anonymous “military-diplomatic source”.   After Ukrainian Navy leadership disputed RIA’s fake claims, the agency changed the story on their web site, reporting that the exercises were successfully underway. According

Information war monitor for Central Europe: June 2016 Part 2

GLOBSEC Policy Institute’s bi-weekly overview of conventional and social media discourse in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia monitors propaganda and disinformation attempts, as well as democratic responses in the on-going information war, in order to increase awareness about this recently emerged challenge and promote fact-based discussion in Central Europe. NATO EU USA Pro-Russian propaganda in the second half of June 2016 generally tried to undermine big transnational institutions, namely

Exposing Russia’s False NATO Narrative

A staple of Russian, pro-Russian, and so-called realist narratives is that NATO not only reneged on its promises to not enlarge after German reunification, it also rebuffed all Russian efforts to integrate with the organization. To paraphrase Ernest Hemingway, it is pretty to think so — but that is not the truth, Stephen Blank writes for Atlantic Council. As Mikhail Gorbachev himself said, the issue of NATO enlargement was not

Peter B. Doran: Atlanticism under threat

An interview with Peter B. Doran, Vice President of Research at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA). Interviewer: Wojciech Jakóbik WOJCIECH JAKÓBIK: Is Russia increasing its information warfare activity against NATO? PETER B. DORAN: We are witnessing the emergence of something new. Information warfare is creating a new kind of battle space. It is an emerging front similar to cyberwarfare. The bad news is that Russia has very sophisticated

Fake: Anti-NATO Protests Inflame Bratislava

The Serbian publication Slobodni Mediji published a story entitled Chaos in Slovakia. Anti-NATO protests set Bratislava ablaze. The article describes riots against NATO in the Slovak capital, which seemingly pitted those who support NATO against those protesters who want closer cooperation with Russia and Vladimir Putin. Slobodni Mediji claims that the city was swathed in smoke from burning tires and western media were completely silent about these events. It’s no

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