• Online, Instructor-Led
Course Description

Cognitive warfare and Information operations play a critical role in Color Revolutions and similar social movements, impacting their success and influencing their trajectory in a variety of ways: This covers details on color revolutions, cognitive warfare aspects, frameworks for, and how this has been used against countries and organizations.

Learning Objectives

We cover for students (non-inclusively); Mobilizing and Organizing Protesters: Communication tools, particularly social media and other digital platforms, can be instrumental in coordinating protest activities, spreading information about where and when to gather, and sharing tactics for nonviolent resistance. They allow for rapid, decentralized organization, making it harder for authorities to suppress these movements. Spreading Awareness and Information: In countries where the government controls the media, information operations can be crucial in circumventing censorship, ensuring that citizens are aware of the issues at hand, and broadcasting events to the outside world. They can also help to expose government abuses or corruption. Influencing Public Opinion: Effective information operations can shape the narrative surrounding these movements, influencing how they are perceived both domestically and internationally. This can impact the level of support for the movement, as well as the reaction of foreign governments and organizations. Facilitating International Support: By getting the message out to a global audience, these movements can attract moral, financial, and sometimes political support from international actors. International attention can also deter violent crackdowns by the government. Countering Disinformation: Governments may attempt to spread disinformation or propaganda to discredit these movements. Information operations can play a crucial role in countering these efforts, by fact-checking false claims and providing accurate information.

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