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23rd May 2017
Hybrid conflict situations in the 21st century require adequate answers to respond comprehensively and effectively towards any developing challenges. With this paradigm in mind, the NATO Centres of Excellence, CIMIC and STRATCOM, jointly conducted the 2017 Community of Interest Conference (COI) from May 17th to 18th, addressing current issues on “Resilience & Collective Defense within a Hybrid Conflict Environment”.
17th May 2017
Main tasks: Open source analysis of English and Russian language material and computer programming Qualifications : Essential - English and Russian languages (C1), degree in International Relations or Political Science, knowledge of programming , quantitative software and Microsoft Office Suite . Duration : negotiable 6-8 weeks Start date : negotiable 19.06.2017 Application deadline : 21.05.2017 Grant : no grant available ​To apply, please, send your CV and motivation letter to info [at] stratcomcoe [dot] org
16th May 2017
A game, browser plugins, and troll activity recognition methods were developed during a one-day hackathon on May 13 organised by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence. On May 13, the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence organised a one-day hacking event aimed at coming up with practical methods to detect fake news and biased media sources online. The aim of this event was to create a place where tech industry specialists and top minds from the media could collaborate on new ways to ensure the trustworthiness of online media. The 28 participants from Latvia were divided into six teams, each team included at least one coder, one statistician, one designer, and one journalist.
6th April 2017
“If you only focus on countering, you’re on their territory,” says Ben Heap, a member of the a NATO StratCom COE, a think tank based in Riga, Latvia. Read the full article by Christian Caryl here .
31st March 2017
Before BBC Global Questions in Riga on 31 March, Zeinab Badawi sat down with the director Janis Sarts to explore the new relationship between Washington and Moscow and what it will mean for the Baltics. You can watch the interview here .
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.
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...