Sunday, January 29th 2017
What can we do about news so toxic that it moves people to take up arms to investigate conspiracies? Unfortunately, the simple answers are inadequate, and some are downright counterproductive. Instead, any successful approach to fake news demands that we treat these three different diseases with different techniques.
Headline: Fake news is a red herringRead More
Friday, January 13th 2017
As history has repeatedly demonstrated, realistic and well-informed consideration of and investment in American public diplomacy, not steroids, make U.S. counter-propaganda successful.
Author: Nicholas J. CullRead More
Saturday, August 27th 2016
“Virtually all of the political measures that need to be implemented to counter Russian efforts to destabilize Europe and undermine its collective organizations are defensive in nature. What has received almost no attention is the potential to conduct an information campaign against Moscow and the Kremlin regime,” wrote Dan Goure (Lexington Institute) in an August 16, 2016, essay in The National Interest, “Defeating Russia's Ambitions In Europe.” The article included this section:Read More
Friday, February 5th 2016
“The State Department is revamping its floundering efforts to curb recruiting by the Islamic State and other terrorist groups, senior U.S. officials tell Foreign Policy, in response to growing dissatisfaction in the White House and Congress at existing attempts to stop the spread of the extremists’ ideology.” This opened a report, “Growth of Islamic State Forces State Department Overhaul,” by John Hudson on the Foreign Policy website on February 1, 2016. The full report is worth reading; here are some excerpts:
- The changes ordered by Secretary of State John Kerry, which have not previously been reported, shift significant power to a single bureau at the State Department tasked with coordinating all counter-extremism efforts. The bureau’s countering violent extremism staff will roughly triple in size and gain control of tens of millions of dollars in newly-appropriated funds from Congress. Combined with its current responsibilities, the bureau will become a hub for terror prevention efforts on everything from counter-propaganda, terrorist rehabilitation programs, aviation security, terrorist financing, and detention and judicial reforms.
Thursday, February 4th 2016
“It’s important to recognize that what we’ve come to call hybrid warfare, which Ukraine has now been subject to for two long years, is a combination of instruments. It’s economic pressure; it’s military pressure, the little green men; it’s political pressure; and of course, it is information pressure and the weaponization of information,” remarked Geoffrey Pyatt, the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, on January 29, 2016. He spoke at the “Countering Information War in Ukraine” conference. Here are some key points:Read More