This week’s episode of the Irregular Warfare Podcast examines how states weaponize strategic narratives to control the information space and achieve their interests.
Our guests begin by addressing how recent changes in the information environment have enabled revisionist states to wage information warfare. They then talk about how states like the UAE, Russia, and China are able to leverage networked information systems to spread political chaos within civil societies. Finally, our guests conclude with a discussion about how autocratic regimes are exploiting vulnerabilities within constitutional democracies to sow discord, and what liberal societies can do to gird themselves against foreign information operations.
Dr. Andreas Krieg is a senior lecturer at the School of Security Studies at King’s College London and a fellow at the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies. He has spent over a decade throughout the Middle East and North Africa, working with regional policymakers and community leaders, and studying the pernicious effects of information operations. Dr. Krieg is the author of Subversion: The Strategic Weaponization of Narratives, which serves as the anchor for episode 90.
Dr. Andrew Whiskeyman is an associate professor at the National Defense University’s College of Information and Cyberspace where he teaches on the topics of leadership, disruptive technology, and information warfare. Before entering the halls of academia as a professor, served in the U.S. Army for over 27 years, and was the Chief of the Information Operations Division within U.S. Central Command.
Ben Jebb and Adam Darnley Stuart are the hosts for this episode. Please reach out to Ben and Julia with any questions about this episode or the Irregular Warfare Podcast.
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