“INFORMATION WARS: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It” by Richard Stengel will be published on October 8, 2019.

Please join the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab for the launch of Richard Stengel’s latest publication, “Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It”.

In his latest publication, Richard Stengel, the former editor-in-chief of Time and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs in the Obama administration, provides the first and only insider account of how the U.S. government tried—and failed—to combat the global rise of disinformation that poisoned the 2016 election. From his unique vantage point, Stengel writes about seeing a tsunami of Russian disinformation after Putin’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, and the weaponization of information and grievance by ISIS and Russia, and then how the Russians turned their sights on the U.S. election.

In a conversation hosted by the Digital Forensic Research Lab, Richard Stengel will explain not only why disinformation is a threat to democracy, but what we can do about it.

Copies will be available for purchase and food and drinks will be served during the event.

Richard Stengel was the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs from 2013-2016. Before working at the State Department, he was the editor of Time for seven years, from 2006-2013. From 1992 to 1994, he collaborated with Nelson Mandela on the South African leader’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Stengel later wrote Mandela’s Way, a New York Times bestseller, on his experience working with Mandela. He is the author of several other books, including January Sun, a book about life in a small South African town as well as You’re Too Kind: A Brief History of Flattery. He is an NBC/MSNBC analyst and lives in New York city.

Richard Stengel

Distinguished Fellow, Digital Forensic Research Lab

Digital Forensic Research Lab

Graham Brookie

Director and Managing Editor, Digital Forensic Research Lab

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