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 Daniel Fried
Distinguished Fellow, Europe and Eurasia
Atlantic Council

Ambassador Tacan Ildem
Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy
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
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 
Mr. Edward Lucas
Senior Vice President,
Center for European Policy Analysis;
Senior Editor
The Economist
The Hon. Joaquín Castro
Representative for Texas’s 20th Congressional District
US House of Representatives
Moderated by:
Ms. Miriam Elder
World 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
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

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