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Thu, Feb 4, 2021

The big takeaways from Biden’s first foreign-policy speech

President Joe Biden campaigned on a promise of renewed American engagement with the world after the era of “America First”—and the president’s remarks were designed to show that this shift is already underway.

New Atlanticist by Atlantic Council

China Cybersecurity

Thu, Jan 7, 2021

FAST THINKING: How the Capitol riot was coordinated online

The team at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab has conducted exhaustive research into how the event happened, combing through social media and other networks frequented by the far right. Let’s break down what they found.

Fast Thinking by Atlantic Council

International Norms National Security
Interference2020

Tue, Sep 29, 2020

Making sense of foreign interference claims on the eve of the 2020 US election

The DFRLab launches an interactive, open-source database that captures allegations of foreign interference relevant to the 2020 election. It assesses the credibility, objectivity, evidence, transparency, and impact of each claim.

Elections 2020 by Digital Forensic Research Lab

Disinformation Elections

Emerson T. Brooking is a resident senior fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab of the Atlantic Council and coauthor of LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media. He is an expert in the fields of disinformation, terrorist communication, and internet policy, and recently led an initiative to secure the integrity of the 2020 U.S. election. Previously, he was a research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he studied U.S. defense policy. Brooking has spoken regularly on the topic of information warfare and social media manipulation, advising multiple U.S. technology companies and national security entities.

Brooking’s coauthored November 2016 cover story for the Atlantic, “War Goes Viral,” predicted the widespread utilization of social media as a tool of warfare. He has published additional work in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, and Rolling Stone, among others. Brooking has appeared regularly on broadcast media, including NPR’s “Fresh Air.”

Brooking holds a BA in Political Science and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. He was named to the Forbes “30 Under 30” Class of 2019 and is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Some of Brooking’s publications include:


Americans Were Worried About the Wrong Threat

Op-Ed: For right-wing extremists, this was a victory

Foreign Influence Operations After 2020

The Head of US Intelligence Has Ceased to Be an Honest Broker

Dichotomies of Disinformation: Project Overview & Codebook

War Goes Viral