Building on the success of the inaugural Military Influence Conference in 2015, RUSIs Future Strategic Communications Conference seeks to contribute to developing an understanding of how Strategic Communications can contribute to the increasing centrality of the information environment in contemporary and future conflict. The significance of the information environment has been seen most obviously in Russian activity in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine but it can also be seen in other conflicts around the world. Given that a key to contemporary and future warfare is domination of the narrative and obfuscation of the ‘facts’ on the ground, Strategic Communications whether delivered by governments, militaries or an alliance such as NATO clearly has a significant role to play.
The aim of this seminar is to address current challenges in NATO Strategic Communications and identify solutions and best practice from experienced professionals working in the private sector. This forms part of a project which will develop recommendations on how NATO and the nations can improve their StratCom capabilities and better serve the needs of governments, security and defence institutions.
During course of 2015 the NATO StratCom COE has been looking in to the methods and ways how the terrorist organization so called “Islamic State”, also known as IS/ISIS/ISIL/DAESH is using information space in support of its military and political objectives. The NATO StratCom COE has been analysing DAESH information strategy, main methods and tactics in influencing audiences all over the world, use of online environment and visual materials to support their information campaigns.
Senior officials of the Republic of Latvia, including Raimonds Bergmanis, Minister of Defence, Dace Melbārde, Minister of Culture, Rihards Kozlovskis, Minister of the Interior, Dzintars Rasnačs, Minister of Justice and a number of Latvian State Secretaries and Senior Military Personnel participated in a “Seminar on Strategic Communications for Senior Officials”, that took place on October 23rd. This seminar gathered experts and researchers on strategic communications from NATO and the Allied countries. Seminar themes, along others, were “Strategic Narratives” (presented by Mr. Thomas Elkjer Nissen)”, “Changes in the Information Environment and how they Impact Governance” (presented by Dr. Cristina Archetti), “NATO Approaches to Strategic Communications” (presented by Mr. Mark Laity) and several...
The seminar, “The DAESH information campaign and its influence on NATO countries’ societies” took place in Riga, on 2nd June.
“This will be the first high-level conference on strategic communications organised by the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, and hopefully it will become a long-term tradition to share the expertise on topical strategic communications issues”, said Jānis Kārkliņš, Director of the NATO StratCom COE.
On 20th August some of the most influential minds from the world of strategic communications, media, defence and security, will gather in Riga to discuss how strategic communications can strengthen the defence capabilities of NATO in the new information environment.
The conference "The Riga StratCom Dialogue: Perception Matters", that will take place on 20th-21st August, has already attracted more than two hundred participants, including Heads of States, foreign and defence ministers, NATO representatives, as well as academics, journalists, defence and communications experts from NATO and partner nations.
The agenda of the conference includes topics such as the...
NATO STRATCOM COE, in cooperation with the Ministry of Georgia for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, and The NATO-Georgia Professional Development Programme, organised a seminar on Strategic Communications that took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 22nd to 25th July.
More than 30 civil servants from different ministries and organisations participated in discussions concerning the importance of strategic communications, improved cross-government co-ordination and specific elements of StratCom. Some of the most pressing challenges facing the Georgian government were also addressed.
The objective of the seminar was to enhance understanding and improve the application of strategic communications as well as to provide practical...
On 16th July, the Centre presented the preliminary results of the study “Internet trolling as a hybrid warfare tool: the case of Latvia”. The study was commissioned by the NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence, and conducted by the Latvian Institute of International Affairs in cooperation with Riga Stradins University.
The study focuses on the identification of organised trolling in Internet media and measuring its influence on public discourse, using Latvia as a case study. By analysing trolling as a manipulative tool in the context of hybrid warfare, the study discovered several new angles, thus contributing to the discussion...
On 15th June, the Centre presented the first results of a study on the manipulative techniques of the Russian information campaign against Ukraine. The study was conducted by the International Research Centre in Riga.
The executive summary in Latvian, can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/1MZ3nOP
A full report in English will be available in November.