21st March 2017
Journalist and historian Gordon F. Sander writes in his article for politico.eu: "Like most think tanks, StratCom’s principal activity consists of producing white papers. It also publishes its own academic journal, “Defense Strategic Communications.” The difference is that it does these things inside a fortified compound. StratCom’s formal remit — “to understand and use state-of-the-art methods that address challenges in the information environment that NATO and NATO countries face” — remains a broad one. Still, Stratcom’s gung-ho staff admit, their principal focus is the information war — or “information confrontation,” in the center’s preferred, less bellicose phrase — between NATO and Russia. But, they emphasize, they are only observers of that “confrontation,” not participants, as both the external Russian media and the local Russia media would have it."
21st March 2017
Experts in strategic communications from around the world gathered at King’s College London on March 8 to discuss the mounting challenges ahead for practitioners. “Strategic Communications in the 21st Century: Turbulence, Strategy and Tactics”, was the first joint-conference hosted by King’s Centre for Strategic Communications (KCSC) and NATO’s Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence based in Riga, Latvia. It opened on the day the news was dominated by another major leak of US intelligence files. The first panel of three King’s academics attempted to put events into perspective.
Conversation Between Melissa Lane, Princeton University and Victoria Preston, strategic communications advisor.
13th March 2017
We are publishing a conversation between Melissa Lane and Victoria Preston in which they discuss the challenges of strategic communication that we face after Brexit. By publishing this article we underscore our commitment to bringing top academics and practicioners into conversation with each other. Melissa Lane is Class of 1943 Professor of Politics and Director of the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University. Victoria Preston is a strategic communications advisor.
27th February 2017
Jānis Sārts: "Kampaņa par Latgales atdalīšanos no Latvijas bija tests, kas neizdevās. Cilvēkiem, kuri negrib atšķirt melus no patiesības, jāakceptē, ka kāds ar viņiem manipulēs. Diskusija fundamentālu ļaunumu varbūt nenodarīja, jo savā ziņā es to redzēju arī kā tādu testa mēģinājumu, vai šāda ideja ietu uz priekšu. Es teiktu, ka tas tests visdrīzāk neatnāca ar tādiem rezultātiem, kā tie, kas to bija radījuši, gribēja. Otra lieta - mums nav jāturpina par to runāt. Jo savā ziņā tas ļauj arī neveiksmīgai iniciatīvai turpināt dzīvi. Man prieks par to, ka, manuprāt, tas Latgales stāsts nav aizgājis, jo, protams, Latgalē ir ļoti liela...
27th February 2017
" Der Stab des französischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten Emmanuel Macron hat bereits geklagt, dass es Versuche gebe, in die französischen Präsidentschaftswahlen einzugreifen. Und vor der deutschen Bundestagswahl gibt es ähnliche Befürchtungen auch in Berlin. Doch wie funktioniert diese russische Einflussnahme, welche Mechanismen nützt sie, und was will sie tatsächlich bewirken? Dazu gibt es immer mehr Studien und Gegenmaßnahmen. Markus Müller berichtet. " You can listen to the full podcast on Radio Ö1 website .
Director Jānis Sārts speaks in "Impact of Disinformation: Strategy Adjustment & Risk Governance for Business"
21st February 2017
Baltic Institute of Corporate Governance (BICG) organised a discussion "Impact of Disinformation: Strategy Adjustment & Risk Governance for Business" in Riga, on the 21 st of February. Mr Jānis Sārts, Director of the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence, and Mr Uldis Biķis, Board member of the BICG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board at Latvijas Finieris, were the keynote speakers of the event. “Information warfare is an everyday reality, which can have and has a significant impact on economies and businesses. In the Baltic region, in Europe and in the entire world. In their daily rush, people absorb messages...
19th February 2017
Cian McCormack finds out if 'fake news' something new? And, whether it has the power to shape the way right minded citizens all over the globe think? This piece was first broadcast on 'This Week', RTÉ Radio 1, Dublin, Ireland on Sunday, February 19, 2017. You can listen to the full podcast here .
16th February 2017
"Por ello, el Kremlin trata de explotar las tensiones existentes en las sociedades 'enemigas' como forma de erosionarlas. “Usan las vulnerabilidades, como puede ser la inmigración en Suecia o Finlandia, o las minorías en Letonia. En otros países, puede ser la desigualdad social o la corrupción. Pero se apropian de estos elementos de forma que ayuden a producir el efecto que desean”, explica Janis Sarts, director del Centro de Excelencia de Comunicaciones Estratégicas de la OTAN en Riga. “La crisis de los refugiados, pongamos, no fue diseñada por Rusia, pero definitivamente la ha explotado”." Read the full article here .
10th January 2017
Today director Janis Sarts signed cooperation agreement between NATO StratCom COE and Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency. NATO StratCom COE received letter of intent for Sweden to cooperate as a contributing partner in April 2016. Sweden noted the important work of the NATO StratCom COE since it became functional in 2014. The Swedish government and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) have for a number of years identified the need for preparedness and relevant capabilities in order to provide Sweden with a proper capability to detect and respond to disinformation campaigns and other similar threats against society. Joining Nato StratCom Centre...
2nd January 2017
Responsibilities Planning and supervision of the work of the Operational Support Branch (the Branch includes an IT expert, an IT security expert, a public relations expert, an event manager and a secretary) Provide a support function for multi-national staff, in particular for new employees when they move to Latvia and start their work in a new country Planning and supporting events and training courses organized by the Centre Creation of documents governing the work of the Branch and the Centre (within his/her scope) Long-term planning of the operations and technical support of the Branch and the Centre, in cooperation with...
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