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You asked, I answered — below please find topics and assigned readings for each class. I will pin this post on my home page so you can refer back to it if you take a break and want to see/catch up on what you missed. Since this is all self-paced, I haven’t included specific dates for each class; I have included dates, however, for Zoom office hours and guest speakers who have been scheduled. Note that this syllabus is subject to change as current events may shape what I cover and as I incorporate more guest speakers. Past classes are linked to the respective posts, and you can always find previous material at the Democracy in the (Dis)Information Age tab on the home page. Enjoy!
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A Primer on the U.S. Information Landscape
Assignment: New York Times Video, Operation Infektion
December 8: Zoom Office Hours, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. EST
December 20, 1 p.m. EST: LIVE Zoom event with guest speaker(recording will be posted on Substack Wednesday morning)
December 22: Zoom Office Hours, 12-1 p.m EST
Active Measures: What Are They and Why Are They a Threat?
Assignment: Yuri Bezmenov, Soviet Subversion Doctrine
January 10: Zoom Office Hours, 5-6 p.m. EST
January 17, 1 p.m.EST: LIVE Zoom event with guest speaker John Sipher (recording will be posted on Substack Wednesday morning)
Assignment: Soviet Active Measures: Hearing Before the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, House of Representatives, Ninety-seventh Congress, Second Session, July 13, 14, 1982, p. 47-50 (“VI. AN EVALUATION OF ACTIVE MEASURES”)
January 29: Wine & Fries Happy Hour with special guest Emily Brandwin, 8-9 p.m. EST
February 1: Zoom Office Hours, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. EST
Class 8: The CIA and the “Cultural Cold War”
Class 9: Case Study: Operation HELPFUL
February 15, 3 p.m. EST, LIVE Zoom event with guest speaker Tim Weiner, author of The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare 1945-2020 (recording will be posted on Substack Thursday morning)
Class 10: Disinformation as an Asymmetrical Threat
Class 11: Hybrid Warfare — What Is It?
Class 12: The Gerasimov Doctrine
March 14, 4 p.m. EST, LIVE Zoom event with guest speaker Seth Jones, author of Three Dangerous Men: Russia, China, Iran and the Rise of Irregular Warfare (recording will be posted on Substack Wednesday morning)
Class 13: Reflexive Control
Upcoming Themes: Assignments TBA
Disinformation and Foreign Election Interference
What Makes America So Vulnerable to Active Measures?
The Role of Social Media
The Psychology of Disinformation
Political Polarization and Group Identity
Understanding the Media Ecosystem
The Domestification of Disinformation
How Disinformation Creates Fertile Ground for Authoritarianism
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