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MIP Participates in NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum Communication 360o

Alina Frolova, the Adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine on Strategic Communications, has participated in the two-day NATO-Georgia Public Diplomacy Forum Communication 360o, which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 30 April – 1 May 2018. The forum discussed the role of public diplomacy and challenges faced by countries in the modern role against the backdrop of hybrid warfare.

“For Ukraine, such discussions are extremely interesting and rewarding. On the one hand, we suffer the most from information manipulations and modern methods of warfare and, conceivably, have gained the greatest experience in countering; on the other hand, as an institutionally young state, we still do not have the culture of analysis and the constant transformation of systems, the so-called lessons learnt cycle. So the vision of our partners, their innovations within the system of combatting hybrid threats, the experience in changing the government’s approach and systemic transformations are extremely rewarding and valuable. Discussions at the forum touched upon the seeking of new forms of public diplomacy, the crisis in journalism, and how to protect values and build up the system of general civil countering.

I would also like to note the high-quality and spectacular organization of the event, [and] the modern approaches [thereto]. It is extremely pleasing that Georgia’s state agencies are capable of setting such a high mark, something to be learnt by Ukraine as well,” Ms Frolova noted.

The Forum’s speakers included Giorgi Margvelashvili, President of Georgia; Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia; Irakli Kobakhidze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia; Wess Mitchell, Assistant Secretary of State of the U.S. for European and Eurasian Affairs; Tacan Ildem, Assistant Secretary General of NATO for Public Diplomacy; and leading authorities in the field of strategic communications, public diplomacy, and media.

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