Join Philippe Le Corre, Visiting Fellow at Brookings, for a far reaching discussion on foreign influence from plebiscites such as Brexit to more hands-on interventions in Central Asia.
How do Europeans really feel about next week’s US election? Why is Kremlin-backed media broadcasting that the election will be “rigged?” Where does Beijing stand? What does the future hold for foreign interventions in democracies? What does a true global citizen need to know?
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Philippe Le Corre has been a Visiting Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution since 2014. He is also a Lecturer at Johns Hopkins University and Sciences Po Paris and is the co-author of a recent book, China’s Offensive in Europe (Brookings Institution Press, 2016). His background includes a stint as a senior adviser to France’s defense minister and as deputy mayor of a small coastal town in France, in addition to 15 years as a foreign correspondent in Asia and Europe. He was a 2003-2004 Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, and chaired the Harvard Club of France from 2010 to 2012.
The Consul General will give welcoming remarks on Canada-US relations, the Boston consulate’s activities, and engaging with the Canadian community in New England. We will have the rest of the time to meet fellow Canadians and our friends, undergraduate and graduate, across Harvard University.
Light refreshments and snacks will be served.
Réception à Harvard avec le Consul général du Canada en Nouvelle-Angleterre, David Alward
Organisée par les groupes d’étudiants canadiens à l’Université Harvard
Le Consul général adressera quelques mots de bienvenue sur les relations canado-américaines, les activités du consulat à Boston, et participer dans la communauté canadienne en Nouvelle-Angleterre. Le reste du temps est ouvert pour rencontrer des collègues canadiens, de premier cycle et des cycles supérieurs, de toute l’université. Des rafraîchissements et des amuse-gueules seront servis.
The FDR Foundation Outside the Ivory Tower:
Aiding Information Professionals in Finland
Disinformation is dangerous. In the United States we’ve seen disinformation campaigns denying the dangers of smoking and the existence of climate change. We’ve seen popular, utterly false narratives circulate about the measles vaccine causing autism and the federal government establishing “Obamacare” “death panels.” There are real consequences to disinformation: it can affect policy decisions, distract or disgruntle the electorate, even alter the outcome of elections.
Generally, “disinformation” refers to distributing information that one knows is false. “Propaganda” is an older term that used to mean “propagation of the truth” but lost positive connotations, especially after WWII. Disinformation could be part of a propaganda or “public diplomacy” campaign but is generally a more specific term.
Globally, the past couple of years have seen an increase in systematic disinformation campaigns worldwide. Finns, along with citizens of many if not most countries, are targets of disinformation campaigns. That’s why, in January 2016, the Finnish government partnered with the FDR Foundation to educate more than 100 officials from 20+ ministries and departments in responding to foreign “Information & Influence.”