Dealing with Russia: Tanks and Twitter Bots

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After the annexation of the Crimea, the Kremlin spread fake news in Ukraine and the rest of the world. Russia interfered in both US and EU politics, and various hacking attempts are convincingly traced back to the Kremlin. Meaning, Russia has been at war with Europe for over a decade. How did Putin try to influence Europe? How did the EU and NATO respond? And what should we do now?

During this evening, we will focus on the many ways in which Putin intervened in Europe. We will talk about his strategies in Ukraine, and how Ukraine fights back. Also, we will figure out how Russia’s strategies to disrupt Europe have influenced our societies. Did we pay enough attention to Putins actions? And did we listen enough to the people who warned us?

A live conversation between disinformation-expert Jakub Kalenský, Head Cyber and Hybrid Policy at NATO, Christian Lifländer, EU and NATO correspondent Kysia Hekster and Professor War Studies Frans Osinga.

Dealing with Russia

With this four-part programme series, we want to provide in-depth analysis of current affairs and facilitate nuanced debate, thus making complex material accessible. How have Russian-Western relations changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union, how does Russia view its relations with former Soviet States, and what motivates the EU, NATO and the USA? What are the consequences of the hybrid forms of warfare? Such as cyber- and psychological warfare, and economic sanctions. In order to understand the current state of affairs, Dealing with Russia will focus on the larger historical, societal and cultural context.


Jakub KalenskýSenior Analyst at The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
Christian-Marc LifländerHead Cyber and Hybrid Policy at NATO
Kysia HeksterEU and NATO correspondent, former Russia correspondent
Frans OsingaProfessor, Special Chair in War Studies at Leiden University