News

8th June 2017
The NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence needs a data analyst to be employed on a short-term contract for a research project to be completed by September 2017. We are conducting research which uses publicly available geopolitical event data collected through the ICEWS programme. Further information on the ICEWS programme and data set can be found at the Harvard Dataverse https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/icews We have a requirement to identify and subset data for further analysis. The dataset includes ‘events’ that describe how individuals and organisations interact with each other in time and space. The data is currently stored in Excel files containing approximately...
29th May 2017
The NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence is looking for young, talented people, ready to support the COE with their energy, experience and skills! Join our team of volunteers and become a part of the biggest conference on defence and strategic communications in the region, “The Riga StratCom Dialogue 2017: Perception Matters”.
24th May 2017
A Seminar with the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence. In today’s information space, spreading fake news is as easy as a ‘Like,’ ‘Tweet’ or ‘Share.’ While NATO is deploying to Europe’s frontline, the Kremlin is field-testing new subversive techniques against Allied forces. What are the new lessons for force protection in the information space? What are the emerging do’s, don’ts and dangers of the information age? Join us for a half day seminar with leading experts from the Center for European Policy Analysis and the NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence...
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."