Counter-Disinformation Bill with Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy

March 16, 2016 - 3:30 pm

Atlantic Council, 1030 15th Street NW
Washington, DC


Counter-Disinformation Bill with Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy

Welcome remarks by:
Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. 
Chairman, Board of Directors
Atlantic Council

Keynote Remarks:
Senator Rob Portman
US Senator for Ohio
US Senate

Senator Chris Murphy
US Senator for Connecticut
US Senate

A conversation with:
Kristin Lord
President and CEO

Jeffrey Gedmin
Senior Fellow, Future Europe Initiative
Atlantic Council 

Steve Sestanovich
George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies
Council on Foreign Relations

Moderated by:
The Hon. John Herbst
Director, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center
Atlantic Council

Russia’s military interventions in eastern Ukraine and Syria have been accompanied by deliberate information operations that leverage multiple elements of national power to shape the opinions of people in the affected and surrounding areas. These operations rely on wide-ranging tools: state-sponsored media outlets, social media, cyber and intelligence capabilities, and twisted interpretations of international and legal norms. The aim is to undermine United States’ interests and values abroad. The Counter Disinformation Bill sponsored by Senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy seeks to improve the ability of the United States to address this challenge by developing and synchronizing a single strategy to counter foreign propaganda and disinformation by leveraging exisiting expertise and empowering local communities to defend themselves from foreign manipulation. The panelists will discuss Russia’s tool-kit of influence and how the West should respond.

We hope you can join us for this important and timely discussion.

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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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