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Nina Jankowicz

How to Lose the Information War

Russia, Fake News, and

the Future of Conflict

Monday, July 20, 2020, 7p.m. CEST


The lecture took place via YouTube live stream:

Author and Disinformation Fellow at the Wilson Center

In her new book, Nina Jankowicz reports from the front lines of the information war in Central and Eastern Europe on five governments' responses to disinformation campaigns. It journeys into the campaigns run by Russian and domestic operatives and shows how we can better understand the motivations behind these attacks and how to beat them. What is at stake above all for Jankowicz: the future of civil discourse and democracy, and the value of truth itself. Extremely relevant in an election year for the United States and amid the coronavirus infodemic, Jankowicz asserts that when domestic disinformers employ the very same tactics as international criminals to attack our elections, we should not only be angry, we should fight back.


Ms. Jankowicz studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe as the Wilson Center's Disinformation Fellow. She has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the auspices of a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Columbia Journalism Review, POLITICO Magazine, The Wilson Quarterly, and others. She has testified before Congress and is a frequent radio and television commentator on disinformation and Russian and Eastern European affairs. Prior to her Fulbright grant in Ukraine, Ms. Jankowicz managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. 


She received her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College.

Moderator: Andrea Rotter heads the Foreign and Security Policy Division at the Hanns Seidel Foundation’s Academy for Politics and Current Affairs in Munich, where she focuses on both German and European security and defense policy as well as transatlantic security cooperation. She is a member of the Young Leaders in Security Policy, a three-year program of the Federal Academy for Security Policy (Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik, BAKS) and serves as a board member of WIIS Deutschland (Women in International Security Studies), heading the regional chapter in Munich.


Follow Nina Jankowicz's work:

Twitter: @wiczipedia


Book: How to Lose the Information War (2020)

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