Theme Panel: Information Warfare, Past and Present

Information Warfare, Past and Present

With Russian interference in US and Western European elections, information warfare has assumed a fresh salience for scholars of international security. This panel brings together a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives to examine the strategic imperatives and tactical innovations that shape the conduct of information campaigns between adversaries. From the dueling psychological warfare programs of the early Cold War, to the post-Soviet conflicts over Ukraine, to the recent social media campaigns conducted by Russian intelligence services, these papers reveal how information warfare serves a powerful state’s strategic objectives, how it facilitates soft power competition, and how technological innovation creates challenges and opportunities in the conduct of such campaigns.


Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth College (Chair)
Chad Levinson, Virginia Tech (Discussant)
Jon R. Lindsay, University of Toronto (Discussant)