Facing Russian Propaganda and Disinformation
|June 28, 2017|
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
American Security Project 1100 New York Ave NW Suite 710W Washington, DC 20005
Check-in time and Refreshments served from 12:00-12:30
Please arrive no later than 12:30
For years, the Russian Government has been engaging in a large scale propaganda and disinformation campaign aimed at confusing audiences and spreading its influence abroad. From RT and Sputnik, to warehouses full of internet trolls, Russia’s efforts have been prominent and concerning. Join us as we discuss Russia’s efforts to cloud the information space, and ways the US can contribute to clarity.
Vera Zakem, CNA, Research scientist; Director, Strategy and Partnerships for the Center for Strategic Studies
Vera Zakem specializes in developing innovative solutions, analytics, and partnerships in assessing root causes of conflict and instability for vulnerable populations, European stability, media and Russia’s information operations, and civil-military operations. She incorporates development, diplomacy, and civil-military operations in assessing today’s security environment. She currently leads CNA’s work in assessing internal vulnerabilities to vulnerable populations, Europe and Russia, joint civil affairs, and media and influence.
Zakem has conducted field-work in the Balkans, Baltics, Central Asia, and the Middle East. Earlier in her career, she has collaborated with special operations forces, multinational organizations, and other U.S. Government agencies in analyzing and assessing human security. She taught adversary, futures analytics and red teaming at the Elliot School of International Affairs, George Washington University. Throughout her career, Zakem has worked with diverse sectors in promoting the role of women in security and development.
Zakem has an M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University, a B.A. in Politics and Economics from the University of San Francisco and has also spent a year at Tel Aviv University in Israel. She speaks Russian, Spanish, and Hebrew. She is a Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations and a Member of Pacific Council on International Policy.
Jeffrey N. Trimble, IBB Deputy Director
As IBB Deputy Director, Jeffrey Trimble works with the Global Strategy team focusing on special projects that advance collaboration and coordination across the BBG. He provides strategic editorial guidance to enhance BBG content in an environment of increasing global competition.
Trimble joined the BBG in 2007 as Director of Programming and later served as Executive Director, managing the Board staff and providing strategic guidance and program oversight. He became IBB Deputy Director in 2012. Trimble also worked for 10 years at RFE/RL, where his positions included Acting President, Counselor to the President for Programs and Policy, Director of Policy and Strategic Planning, and Director of Broadcasting.
Previously Trimble worked at U.S. News & World Report magazine for 15 years, in positions including Assistant Managing Editor, Foreign Editor, Moscow Bureau Chief, and diplomatic correspondent.
He holds a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and is a fluent Russian-speaker.
Helle C. Dale, Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy, The Heritage Foundation
Helle C. Dale is the Heritage Foundation’s Senior Fellow in Public Diplomacy studies. Her current work focuses on the U.S. government’s institutions and programs for strategic outreach to the public of foreign countries, as well as more traditional diplomacy, critical elements in American global leadership and in the war of ideas against violent extremism.
She joined The Heritage Foundation in 2002 as Deputy Director of Heritage’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, the think tank’s umbrella institute for all branches of study relating to international relations. In this capacity, among other tasks, she supervised the institute’s production of research papers.
After 2005, she also was Director of Heritage’s Douglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies, which currently houses the fields of Middle Eastern, Latin American and Eurasian studies as well as defense and homeland security research
WITH BRIEF INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY
Rasa Juknevičienė, Vice-President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Former Minister of National Defense of Lithuania
Rasa Juknevičienė is a member of the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas), as well as Deputy Chair of the Committee on National Security and Defense, and Head of the Seimas Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. In 2014, she became a member of an Advisory Council of the Center for European Policy Analysis. From 2008 to 2012 Rasa Juknevičienė served as Lithuania’s Minister of National Defense. Juknevičienė is also a Signatory to the Act of Lithuanian Independence, signed on March 11, 1990. In 2008 Rasa Juknevičienė was elected as the Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. Rasa Juknevičienė is a graduate of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences and worked as a doctor until 1992.