ReportApr 20, 2022
China’s discourse power operations in the Global South
By Kenton Thibaut
An overview of China’s discourse power activities in the Global South, including the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It outlines the processes through which China leverages its diplomatic, media, and political positions in these regions to gain influence, and assesses the impacts of these activities for democratic resilience worldwide.
New AtlanticistApr 18, 2022
Russian War Report: Russia falsely accuses Ukraine of provoking conflict even after it knew war was coming
By Digital Forensic Research Lab
Russia has rehashed several old narratives in their continued attempts to justify the war in Ukraine including misrepresented statements from Ukrainian officials.
ReportApr 19, 2021
Fighting for the hearts and minds of Sakartvelo: The Georgian information environment during the 2020 parliamentary election
By Eto Buziashvili, Givi Gigitashvili, Sopo Gelava, Graham Brookie, Andy Carvin, Iain Robertson, Zarine Kharazian
A technical analysis of how various online actors, both foreign and domestic, attempted to manipulate public opinion and influence the recent Georgian parliamentary election results.
Iain Robertson is a deputy managing editor at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) based in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he oversees the research process and its products while providing editorial leadership to DFRLab’s research team around the world.
Prior to joining the DFRLab, Iain held a number of positions within the Obama Administration. From 2012-2015, he served as a Staff Officer in the Executive Secretary’s office of the National Security Council (NSC). During his time in the NSC, Iain staffed the President on foreign trips and helped coordinate the processes on which national security policy runs. Prior to his time in the NSC, he served as Coordinator in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, where he created the processes by which the office responded to constituents’ concerns on behalf of the President.
Iain has also been an English teacher in Prague, Czech Republic, and worked in the film industry in Los Angeles, California. He also currently serves on the board of Global Exploration for Educators Overseas, a non-profit that runs international educational trips for public school teachers from the United States and elsewhere.
Iain received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, where he was among the inaugural class of students to receive the Certificate in Nonmarket Strategy, and his BA in Film and Media Studies from Carleton College. He resides in Washington, DC metro area.