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Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), a non-profit policy institute focusing on Central and Eastern Europe, will host a discussion in Washington, D.C., Monday, May 9, 2016, on counter-strategies in the West against Russia’s information warfare techniques in the CEE region. Journalists who are concerned that some of their colleagues occasionally fall for Kremlin propaganda and repeat it without any countervailing opinions, as well as those who think that countering propaganda and violent extremism is a threat to journalism, might benefit hearing presentations by British journalist and writer Edward Lucas and American journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum. CEPA President A. Wess Mitchell will moderate the discussion.



Information about the May 9th CEPA event is reposted from their website.

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Mapping the New Battlespace of Information

A Presentation of CEPA’s Information Warfare Initiative

Monday, May 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.


Edward Lucas
CEPA Senior Vice President

Anne Applebaum
CEPA Senior Adjunct Fellow

Moderated by:

A. Wess Mitchell
CEPA President


Center for European Policy Analysis
1225 19th Street NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20036

Please RSVP by May 6 to Ance Klava at or 202.601.4148

In the digital age, social media can become a weapon of disinformation and sophisticated propaganda can shape important policy debates. Russia has been an early adopter of these techniques and is injecting them into the media space of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). The effect has been the opening of a new digital front in the geographic space of America’s frontline allies. Without a strong response, Russia’s methods of disinformation will continue to corrode our alliances, poison public opinion and distract our decision-makers, with fateful consequences for transatlantic security.

CEPA is responding to this challenge with its new Information Warfare Initiative. It represents an innovative, on-the-ground effort to monitor, collate, analyze, rebut and expose Russian disinformation in Poland and the Baltic States. The first step in countering information warfare is to understand how it is being conducted. CEPA’s Initiative aims to do just that and more.

Please join us for an in-depth discussion with leaders of the Initiative: Edward Lucas and Anne Applebaum. They will assess how this new battleground is impacting the unity and security of the transatlantic alliance, and what can be done to build better counter-strategies in the West against Russia’s information warfare techniques in the CEE region.