Sun, May 24, 2020

Ukraine’s showbiz president shuns mainstream media

Volodymyr Zelenskyy won the Ukrainian presidency with a campaign that positioned him as an everyman alternative to the country's discredited political elite, but a lack of media engagement now risks undermining his democratic credentials.

UkraineAlert by Tetiana Gaiduk

Democratic Transitions Internet

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Russian journalists fire back as their Kremlin-picked editor draws a line in the sand

Another source of reliable information for the Russian public is under threat at a time when it’s more needed than ever, with the country looking down the barrel at another sixteen years of Putin’s strongman rule.

New Atlanticist by Doug Klain

Coronavirus Corruption

Tue, Apr 28, 2020

Foresight and democracy during a period of growing polarization, turbulence, and misinformation

On April 23, 2020 -- Sheila Ronis, Leon Fuerth, Lin Wells, and David Bray held a live virtual roundtable on the topic of "Foresight and Democracy During a Period of Growing Polarization, Turbulence, and Misinformation?"

GeoTech Cues

Civil Society Coronavirus

Wed, Apr 15, 2020

Ullman in The Daily Times: Suppose TV And Social Media Existed In 1941

In the News by Atlantic Council

Media Politics & Diplomacy

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

African leaders respond to coronavirus… on Twitter

African leaders have embraced Twitter as a platform to provide updates on COVID-19. This curation of their tweets is meant as a window to the continent's evolving response.

AfricaSource by Luke Tyburski

Africa Coronavirus

Tue, Mar 24, 2020

Six reasons the Kremlin spreads disinformation about the coronavirus

Fabrications about COVID-19’s origins are meant to stir up anti-U.S. sentiment and fuel discord.

Article by Jakub Kalenský

Coronavirus Disinformation
2009 Iranian Protests

Tue, Feb 11, 2020

Iranian digital influence efforts: Guerrilla broadcasting for the twenty-first century

This brief begins with a discussion of the modern Iranian state’s approach to information and information control. It proceeds to a history of the Iranian Internet. Next, it examines the evolution of Iranian digital influence operations, followed by a discussion of the broader information conflict in which they take place. The brief concludes by considering the future nature and intent of Iran’s clandestine digital activities.

Report by Emerson T. Brooking, Suzanne Kianpour

Conflict Disinformation

Tue, Jan 14, 2020

Slavin quoted in USA Today on downing of Ukrainian passenger plane

In the News by Atlantic Council

Iran Media

Mon, Nov 25, 2019

Fried, Vershbow and Åslund quoted in Axios on Putin’s rise to power

In the News by Atlantic Council

Conflict Corruption

Thu, Nov 7, 2019

Journalists in northeast Syria fear the return of state security services

US President Donald Trump’s decision in early October to withdraw American troops from the Syria-Turkey border put the US’s local partner in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS, Daesh), the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in an unenviable position. Faced with an offensive by Turkey, NATO’s second largest military, the SDF struck a deal with […]

SyriaSource by Dan Wilkofsky

Conflict Media