Recent presentations and podcasts on Russia’s media strategies

Talk at the Frontline Club on Russia’s Role in the Global ‘Information War’, 12 October 2017

Voice of America interview on Russian media (in Russian).

Presentation on Russia’s media strategies at a PONARS Eurasia conference in Washington, DC on Rethinking Russian Media Strategy and Influence.

For a podcast of a previous PONARS Eurasia event in which T. Lankina and other Russia experts discuss media manipulation in the context of Russia’s elections and popular mobilization click here.


BBC Radio 4 documentary: Long Road to Change (with T. Lankina interview)

This is an excellent recent documentary on the resurgence of mass activism globally, on the challenges that protesters face, and on strategies that they employ to overcome those challenges.  Description from the BBC website:

“In an age when technology has made organising protest movements easier than ever before, journalist Zoe Williams asks why we aren’t seeing long-term results. She looks back on the global history of activism to discover the pre-conditions needed for concrete change.

Recent years have seen an explosion of protest movements to secure equality, protect immigrants, and demand justice. But often these movements are doomed to short-term impact. Does today’s activism overlook the benefits of doing things the hard way?

By digging into the archives, Zoe looks back to the most impactful protest movements of the 20th century that permanently changed history. By analysing what key elements are needed for success, she will construct new rules of modern-day activism for future generations.

Zoe speaks to former civil rights organiser Marshall Ganz, and considers whether social media can work with traditional methods of protesting by speaking with a co-founder of UK Uncut and digital activists who studied the unprecedented success of Euromaidan in Ukraine.

Some activists believe the issue lies in how we measure the success of movements. Co-founder of the global Occupy protests, Micah White, explains how the failure of his movement showed him how activism needs to be redefined.

Finally, Zoe investigates how to overcome the obstacles that stand in the way of any protest – from radicals that disrupt non-violent marches to handling media coverage – and how government bodies may manipulate protests to their own advantage.”

Tomila Lankina’s work has recently featured in LSE’s Research Highlights showcasing cutting-edge research conducted at LSE

Click here to see Dr. Lankina’s research featured in a post on LSE Research Highlights in which she discusses the importance of analysing media as a tool for understanding the “black box” of Russia’s domestic and foreign policy making:

As Russia has pursued an increasingly aggressive foreign policy in recent years, a new study argues that media monitoring can shed light on the Kremlin’s opaque decision-making and help explain Russian president Vladimir Putin’s tight grip on power, despite his domestic economic woes.

Forthcoming paper on news bias in ITAR-TASS’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis

Kohei Watanabe’s research paper titled “Measuring News Bias: Russia’s Official News Agency ITAR-TASS’s Coverage of the Ukraine Crisis will be published in the European Journal of Communication.
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