September 26, 2017

The First Transatlantic Forum on Strategic Communications and Digital Disinformation in Washington, DC
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast and Registration
 
9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Mr. Frederick Kempe
President and CEO
Atlantic Council
9:10 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Keynote
 
The Hon. Ron Johnson
US Senator for Wisconsin
US Senate
The Hon. Sheldon Whitehouse
US Senator for Rhode Island
US Senate
10:00 – 10:10 a.m.
Coffee Break
                       
10:10 – 11:25 a.m.
Panel I: Transatlantic Response to Disinformation: Paving a Way Forward
 
Ambassador Tacan Ildem
Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy
NATO
 
Mr. Nils Svartz
Director General
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
 
H.E. Jakub Dürr
Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs
Czech Republic
 
Moderated by:
Mr. Jim Sciutto
Chief National Security Correspondent
CNN
 
11:25 – 11:35 a.m.
Coffee Break
 
11:35 – 12:50 p.m.
Panel II: Straight Out of the Kremlin’s Toolkit: Strategies of State Actors
                             
Mr. Peter Pomerantzev
Senior Visiting Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs
London School of Economics
 
President Toomas Ilves
Former President 
Estonia
 
Mr. Edward Lucas
Senior Vice President,
Center for European Policy Analysis;
Senior Editor
The Economist
 
Congressman Joaquín Castro
Representative for Texas’s 20th Congressional District
US House of Representatives
 
Moderated by:
Ms. Miriam Elder
Global Editor
BuzzFeed News
 
12:50 – 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Break
                                                           
2:00 – 3:25 p.m.
Panel III: Social Media and Radicalization: The Challenge of ISIS and Other Non-State Actors
 
Ms. Farah Pandith
Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations;
Former Special Representative to Muslim Communities
US Department of State
 
Dr. H.A. Hellyer
Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East
Atlantic Council
Associate Fellow, International Security Studies
Royal United Services Institute
 
Ambassador Alberto Fernandez
President, Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc.
Broadcasting Board of Governors
Vice President
Middle East Media Research Institute
 
Moderated by:
Mr. Michael Weiss
National Security Analyst
CNN
 
3:25 – 3:40 p.m.
    Closing Remarks      
 
3:40 – 6:00 p.m. 
Reception and Research Showcase 
This event is supported by:
 Baltic-American Freedom Foundation
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
NATO
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