11th Gershowitz Conference on Media and Governance

Sharing of Intelligence, Journalism, and Novel Approach at
Avoiding Conflicts?

In 2008, The New York Times uncovered how the Pentagon used retired military officers
to deliver the military’s message on the war in Iraq and its counter-terrorism efforts. In
what was a hidden public relations agenda, the officers’ appearances on television were
a carefully coordinated effort of what the Pentagon called “message force multipliers.”
From the first declassified, grainy spy photos of Russian tanks assembled on the
Ukrainian border in November of 2021 to President Joe Biden’s airing of his personal
guess that Putin will “move in” and invade, the US and its western partners have for
months fought a remarkably public war of words against the Kremlin’s perceived
menace. At the time, the daily bombardment of briefings, intelligence, threats and
allegations from the White House, NATO, the EU, and European capitals marked a novel
approach to avoiding war. The disclosure of information normally reserved for hidden
negotiations is highly unusual in modern-day diplomacy. While the strategy shifted the
initial calculus for Russia and negated Moscow’s ability to surprise. By sharing
intelligence publicly, the United States made it more difficult for Putin to have a pretext
for war. On the other hand, the failure of intelligence that probably resulted in the
ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas presents a different picture. To what extent
does intelligence sharing, censorship, and messaging help to stop, start or exacerbate
international, regional, or national conflicts? Panel of discussants explore the fight
against disinformation and why trust matters. Are digital technology and social platforms
conduits of the information disorder? What is the implication of fighting back against
disinformation and misinformation through media and information literacy?

November 27, 2023
9 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

The Graduate Center, City University of New York (5th Floor)

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