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Natalie Grant and the Critical Importance of Understanding Disinformation

Wed, Sep 17, 2014, 2:00pm - 3:30pm

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Natalie Grant and the Critical Importance of Understanding Disinformation

Paul A. Goble 
Former Senior Advisor to the Director, Voice of America 
Adjunct Professor, IWP 

Wednesday, September 17
2:00 PM

The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
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This lecture is sponsored by the Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies.  

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No American contributed more to the understanding of disinformation than the late Natalie Grant. From her days as secretary to George Kennan at the Riga Legation in the 1920s to her years as an independent scholar in Washington, she explained the critical distinction between disinformation and propaganda and why those who work in international affairs must understand that, even though ferreting out disinformation is more challenging than identifying propaganda.

Paul Goble April 2013Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. While there, he launched the “Window on Eurasia” series. Prior to joining the faculty there in 2004, he served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He writes frequently on ethnic and religious issues and has edited five volumes on ethnicity and religion in the former Soviet space. Trained at Miami University in Ohio and the University of Chicago, he has been decorated by the governments of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania for his work in promoting Baltic independence and the withdrawal of Russian forces from those formerly occupied lands.

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