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Gender, Lies, and Videotape

Seminar leader: Juliana Geran Pilon, PhD.


“In cognitive warfare, the human mind becomes the battlefield. The aim is to change not only what people think, but how they think and act. Waged successfully, it shapes and influences individual and group beliefs and behaviours to favour an aggressor’s tactical or strategic objectives. In its extreme form, it has the potential to fracture and fragment an entire society, so that it no longer has the collective will to resist an adversary’s intentions. An opponent could conceivably subdue a society without resorting to outright force or coercion.” 

                        “Countering cognitive warfare: awareness and resilience,” Johns Hopkins University & Imperial College London, NATO Review, 20 May 2021

1. Cognitive security: definitions - Guests (zoom): Paul and Yael Lieber

Rand Waltzman, “The Weaponization of Information - The Need for Cognitive Security,” Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity on April 27, 2017.

Paul Lieber and Yael Efreom-Lieber, “Reconceptualizing Radicalized Groups and Their Messages,” Joint Special Operations University, JSOU Press, Oct. 2017.  Dashboard (

Alan Kelly, Christopher Paul, Decoding Crimea. “Pinpointing the Influence Strategies of Modern Information Warfare,” NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, Riga, Latvia, Jan. 31, 2020.

Jacob Siegel, “A Guide to Understanding the Hoax of the Century -Thirteen ways of looking at disinformation,” Tablet, March 28, 2023.

2.    Case studies: antisemitism - Guests: Eric Rozenman; (zoom) Ellie Cohanim

Juliana Geran Pilon, “Anti-Zionism and the Bolshevik Jihad,” Law & Liberty, Dec. 7, 2023.

Faygie Holt, "Deputy Antisemitism Envoy: Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories a Modern Day Blood-Libel". Algemeiner, July 1, 2020. Deputy Antisemitism Envoy: Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories a Modern-Day Blood Libel -

Eric Rozenman, “News Media Complicity in 50 Years of Anti-Zionist Antisemitism,” New English Review, May 2024.

"Anti-Semitism: History of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,”

Joel Finkelstein et. al., “Antisemitic Disinformation: A Study of the Online Dissemination of Anti-Jewish Conspiracy Theories,” Network Contagion Research Institute, Rutgers University, Dec. 16, 2020.

3.    Critical Race Theory and DEI - Guests: Mike Gonzalez; (zoom) Mason Goad

“Critical Race Theory,” Britannica,

Mike Gonzalez, “American-born Critical Theorists,” National Affairs, Summer 2023.

Mason Goad and Bruce R. Chartwell, “Ideological Intensification” NAS Report, Nov. 28, 2022.

4.    Soviet Active Measures - Guests: Todd Leventhal; (zoom) John J. Dziak

John J. Dziak, “Corruption and Criminality in Russia: The Systemic Roots,” Russian Organized Crime [Global Organized Crime Project] CSIS Task Force Report 1997. [pdf]

Dennis Kux, "Soviet Active Measures and Disinformation: Overview and Assessment,” Parameters 15, no. 1 (1985),

Todd Leventhal, “Useful Idiots and Fellow Travelers: Disinformation's Helpmates,” Substack, May 7, 2024.

John Gentry, “Information Operations against the United States: Defensive Actions are Needed,” National Institute for Public Policy, No. 556, June 12, 2023,

5.    Pseudo-science in Cultural Warfare - Guests: Jay Richards; (zoom) Marlo Lewis

“U.S. and foreign government support for domestic censorship and disinformation, 2016 – 2022,” Testimony by Michael Shellenberger to The House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, November 30, 2023.

Marlo Lewis, Jr. “Models of Misinformation — Climate Reports Melt under Scrutiny,” May 28, 2019.

Michael Shellenberger, “Why Apocalyptic Claims About Climate Change Are Wrong,” Forbes, Nov. 25, 2019.

Jay Richards, “Did American Academy of Pediatrics Just Blink on ‘Gender-Affirming Care’ or Bluff?” Daily Signal, Aug. 24, 2022.

Jay Richards, “What is Gender Ideology?” The American Conservative, July 3, 2023.

6.    U.S. Intelligence Deficit - Guests: Michael Waller; (zoom) John Gentry

Zach Dorfman, “Alex Joske on China's Influence Operations Abroad,” The Brush Pass, Nov 21, 2022.

John Gentry, “Ideology in Costume: A Growing Threat to Intelligence Studies,” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence, Oct. 10, 2023.

J. Michael Waller, “State-based counterintelligence services,” CSP June 22, 2022.

Jackson Smith and Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga, “PLA Social MediaWarfare and the Cognitive Domain,” Jamestown Foundation, China Brief, Vol. 23, #16, Sept. 8, 2023. PLA Social Media Warfare and the Cognitive Domain - Jamestown

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