Strategic Communications in the Post-Truth World: Mis/Disinformation, Conspiracy Theories and Reading the Mood

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This event will examine how policymakers can respond to the challenges to liberal democracies in the post-truth world.  

With state and non-state actors using sophisticated online and offline tools to spread disinformation, and a proliferation of sources of information in competition with traditional channels of communication, trust in liberal democratic institutions is at risk.

Haroro Ingram, Donald Holbrook and Claire Yorke discuss developments in influence activities, conspiracy theories and societal atmospherics and ask how policymakers can formulate a successful response to the threat they pose.

Speakers' biographies:

Haroro J Ingram is a Senior Research Fellow with the Program on Extremism at George Washington University and an Associate Fellow with the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism.

Donald Holbrook is director of a research consultancy working with the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the UK Home Office. He is also an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the Department of Security and Crime Science, University College London, an Anniversary Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St Andrews, and an Associate Fellow at the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism, The Hague.

Claire Yorke is a Henry A Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer at International Security Studies and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University. She completed her PhD in International Relations in the War Studies Department at King’s College London in 2018. Before that, she worked as Programme Manager of the International Security Research Department at Chatham House (2009–13) and as a Parliamentary Researcher to a frontbench politician in the Houses of Parliament (2006–09). She is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for International Security at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC, and is on the Board of Advisors for Promote Leadership and the Research Advisory Council of the Resolve Network.

Etain Tannam is Associate Professor International Peace Studies, Trinity College Dublin, and an editorial board member of the RUSI Journal. Her main area of expertise is Irish/Northern cross-border cooperation and British-Irish cooperation, with emphasis on Brexit’s impact. She is author of International Intervention in Ethnic Conflict: A Comparison of the European Union and United Nations (2014, Basingstoke, Palgrave) and Cross-Border Co-operation in Ireland (1999, Basingstoke, Palgrave). Her research interests are in the areas of Northern Ireland and British-Irish relations, including the impact of Brexit, international organisations and conflict resolution, United Nations (UN) and European Union (EU) politics. 

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