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Tue, Oct 29, 2019

Brooking in The Washington Post: Russians are meddling in the Democratic primary. Is anyone paying attention?

Last week, Facebook revealed details of a new Russian influence operation targeting the 2020 U.S. election. Sticking to the playbook they used in the 2016 presidential election, Russian operatives infiltrated both sides of contentious political debates, seeking to widen the fissures in American society. The operation focused on Instagram and reached roughly 147,000 U.S.-based Instagram users. The efforts concentrated on the […]

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United States and Canada

Mon, May 20, 2019

The Christchurch call and the failure of US leadership

The United States’ snubbing of the document represents a retreat from previous counterterrorism pledges. It also reveals a dangerous divide between the White House and US allies regarding the growing threat of white ethno-nationalist extremism.

New Atlanticist by Emerson T. Brooking

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Fri, Mar 8, 2019

Atlantic Council names Emerson T. Brooking as Resident Fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab

The Atlantic Council announced today that author and defense analyst Emerson T. Brooking has joined as Resident Fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab.

Press Release by Atlantic Council

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Emerson T. Brooking is a Resident Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), based in Washington, D.C., and he is coauthor of “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.”

Most recently, Brooking was Research Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations — the youngest researcher in a generation to receive such an appointment. He has advised the National Security Council, Joint Staff, and U.S. intelligence community.

Previously, Brooking was Research Associate for Defense Policy, also at the Council on Foreign Relations. In that capacity, he studied defense budgeting and strategy, the national security bureaucracy, and civil-military relations. His coauthored report, “Mending the Broken Dialogue: Military Advice and Presidential Decision-Making,” marked the culmination of a years-long study of defense institutions and use-of-force deliberations.

Brooking’s coauthored November 2016 cover story for the Atlantic, “War Goes Viral,” was the most prominent article to predict the weaponization of social media. Brooking has published additional work in Foreign Affairs, WIRED, and Rolling Stone, among others. He has provided commentary on defense and internet-related topics to NPR. He was recently named to the Forbes “30 Under 30.”

Brooking’s coauthored November 2016 cover story for the Atlantic, “War Goes Viral,” was the most prominent article to predict the weaponization of social media. Brooking has published additional work in Foreign Affairs, WIRED, and Rolling Stone, among others. He has provided commentary on defense and internet-related topics to NPR. He was recently named to the Forbes “30 Under 30.”

Brooking holds a BA in Political Science and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where his thesis — a study of Roman counter-revolt practices — won the departmental prize.