What the war in Ukraine tells us about propaganda battles of the 21st century. Panel discussion held in partnership with Henry Jackson Society


TIME: 13:00 – 14:00, Thursday 12th November 2015
VENUE: Floor 26, Millbank Tower, 21-24 Millbank, London, SW1P 4QP

Peter Pomerantsev, Senior Fellow,Legatum Institute

Marina Pesenti, Director, Ukrainian Institute

Moderator: Andrew Foxall, Director, Director of the Russia Studies Centre at The Henry Jackson Society. 

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The information age has fast become the disinformation age. In the 20th century, the battle was against censorship and for free expression. In the 21st century, the battle is against the abuse of freedom of information – and the sources of some of that information. In the past, propaganda outlets were tightly controlled, and the ability to spread it similarly constrained. Today, the end of centralised control over propaganda means new opportunities and new dangers, not least online. Nowhere is this more visible than Ukraine. From Moscow’s use of media to create a war, to Kyiv’s response to the information was unleashed against it, Ukraine teaches us a number of lessons about the propaganda battles of the 21st century.

This event will hear Peter Pomerantsev and Marina Pesenti give their thoughts on the information war in Ukraine. Peter will answer questions such as: how does one win over audiences when there is no longer a single media or message? And, how does one motivate and organise armed forces in a fractured media environment? While Marina will explore how effective Ukraine’s state propaganda has been in countering disinformation, as well as considering Ukraine’s independent and oligarch-controlled media in the context of information war.

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