The Jamestown Foundation is proud to present a virtual event to mark the release of a new book, Striking Back: Overt and Covert Options to Combat Russian Disinformation, by Thomas Kent, to take place on Friday, October 23, at 10:00 AM.
Significant attention has been given to Russian disinformation operations and their corrosive effect on the United States and other democratic governments. The Western responses have thus far been weak and uncoordinated, according to Thomas Kent, former president of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty who is currently a Jamestown Senior Fellow and adjunct associate professor at Columbia University. He proposes an energetic new strategy to confront this threat: aggressive messaging to combat Russian information operations, while promoting the values of democracy that too many in the West have lost faith in.
One form of messaging Kent advocates is more Western communication with Russia’s own citizens. What would this messaging to Russia look like? What could it accomplish, what would the messages be, which Russian population segments should be targeted, and what is the best method to get content into the country and ensure its visibility?
To answer these questions, The Jamestown Foundation has invited Thomas Kent , along with Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow at the Agora Institute of Johns Hopkins University, with Glen Howard, President of The Jamestown Foundation, moderating.