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February 11, 2022

United with Ukraine: Countering Russian Disinformation

About The Series

The “United with Ukraine” virtual speaker series is hosted by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with Meridian International Center. The series seeks to deepen discussion and understanding on: 1) supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity; 2) celebrating Ukraine’s unique identity and culture; 3) reaffirming the benefit and value of democratic principles and institutions; and 4) exposing Russia’s destabilizing actions and disinformation.
Join Melinda Haring, Joanna Rohozinska, and Nina Jankowicz to discuss how Russian aggression has been protected and hidden behind a web of Kremlin-directed disinformation strategies, and how the consequences of these actions have impacted lives across the world.


Melinda Haring is a leading expert on Ukraine and the deputy director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center. Previously, she was the editor of the Atlantic Council’s popular publication, the UkraineAlert blog. She is the author of the report Reforming the democracy bureaucracy (FPRI, 2013) coauthor of Biden and Ukraine: a strategy for the next administration (Atlantic Council, 2021), Biden and Belarus: a strategy for the next administration (Atlantic Council, 2021), Ukraine’s internally displaced persons hold a key to peace (Atlantic Council, 2017), and a contributor to Does democracy matter? (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017)Haring has worked for Eurasia Foundation, Freedom House, and the National Democratic Institute, where she managed democracy assistance programs in Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Russia. A graduate of Georgetown University, she holds an MA in Government with a certificate in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. Haring is the vice-chair of the board of East Europe Foundation in Kyiv, Ukraine, a member of the supervisory board of Right to Protection in Kyiv, Ukraine, and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Follow Melinda on Twitter: @Melindaharing



Joanna Rohozińska is the Resident Director for the International Republican Institute in Belgium. Based in Brussels, Ms Rohozińska oversees IRI’s Beacon Project, which focuses on building resilient democracies and examining the disinformation space. She has been engaged in programs in the post-Communist space for 20 years, living and working in several countries in the region, and joined IRI after more than a decade with the National Endowment for Democracy’s Europe programme. She holds a graduate degree in Russian and European history from the University of Toronto (Canada) where she focused on nationalism and foreign policy issues within the Russian and Soviet Empires.
Follow Joanna on Twitter: @JRohozinska




Nina Jankowicz studies the intersection of democracy and technology in Central and Eastern Europe. She is the author of How To Lose the Information War: Russia, Fake News, and the Future of Conflict (Bloomsbury/IBTauris). Ms. Jankowicz has advised the Ukrainian government on strategic communications under the auspices of a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship. Her writing has been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and others. She is a frequent television and radio commentator on disinformation and Russian and Eastern European affairs. Prior to her Fulbright grant in Ukraine, Ms. Jankowicz managed democracy assistance programs to Russia and Belarus at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. She received her MA in Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and her BA from Bryn Mawr College.
Follow Nina on Twitter: @wiczipedia