Agent of Influence: Should Russia’s RT Register as a Foreign Agent?

September 8, 2017 - 9:00 am

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC
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Introduction by:


Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin
Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative
Atlantic Council

Keynote remarks:
 
The Hon. David N. Cicilline
US Representative for Rhode Island’s 1st District
US House of Representatives
 
A conversation with:
 
Mr. Franklin D. Kramer
Distinguished Fellow, Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security
Atlantic Council
 
Dr. Jeffrey Gedmin
Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative
Atlantic Council
  
Mr. James Kirchick
Visiting Fellow,
Brookings Institution
 
Moderated by:
 
Ms. Izabella Tabarovsky
Senior Program Associate and Manager for Regional Engagement, Kennan Institute
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Congress enacted the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938 (FARA) to ensure that the American people were aware of foreign governments funding media sources; at the time due to concerns about the Nazi regime in Germany. Today, this issue has resurfaced with concerns about Russian propaganda outlet RT. RT broadcasts are reliably consistent with the official statements of the Russian government, unsurprisingly, as it is 99% funded by the Kremlin. In Agent of Influence, author Elena Postnikova not only argues that RT should register with FARA, but makes a legal case for it while laying out recommendations for policymakers.
 
Please join us for a discussion on the report’s findings, as well as engage in a broader conversation on Russia’s influence operations in the US.
 


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Atlantic Council
1030 15th Street NW, 12th Floor (West Tower Elevator) 
Washington, DC 

This event is open to press and on the record. 

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