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Tactics to Counter Russian Disinformation

Tue, Mar 28, 2023, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Featuring: Mr. Thomas Kent
Location: The Institute of World Politics - 1521 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, United States

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Tactics to Counter Russian Disinformation


Mr. Thomas Kent
Author of Striking Back: Overt and Covert Options to Combat Russian Disinformation


Tuesday, March 28, 2023
5:00-6:00 PM EST


The Institute of World Politics
1521 16th St. NW
Washington D.C. 20036
Marlatt Mansion, Commodore Barry Room
Getting to campus


About the Lecture

Overt and covert tactics the United States and its allies have used to counter Russian information operations, historically and during the current Ukraine conflict. What ethical, legal and operational considerations apply to future US tactics?

About the Speaker

Mr. Thomas Kent is a specialist on disinformation, Russian affairs, and journalism. Until September 2018 he was president and CEO of US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He now teaches at Columbia University’s Harriman Institute, is a Senior Fellow of The Jamestown Foundation, and consults for governments, media, NGOs, corporations, and news media in the United States and Europe.

For USG, he has briefed or consulted for the State Department (GEC, FSI, INR), USAID, US Cybercommand, Army intelligence, the Joint Webops Center in Tampa, the Marine Corps at Camp LeJeune, and others. He is a member of the Marine Corps Cyber Auxiliary.

His book, Striking Back: Overt and Covert Options to Combat Russian Disinformation was published by Jamestown in 2020. He is now completing another that analyzes common elements in unsuccessful Russian influence operations under Vladimir Putin.

Prior to heading RFE/RL, Kent was a correspondent and news executive at The Associated Press. Among other assignments, he was bureau chief in Moscow, chief of AP operations in Tehran during the Iranian revolution, EU correspondent in Brussels, international editor of the AP and AP’s standards editor, responsible for the credibility, balance, and fairness of AP’s content.

He was raised in Shaker Heights, Ohio, holds a degree in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University, and speaks Russian, French, and Spanish.

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