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NATO in the Disinformation Era

On Wednesday, May 20, the Netherlands Atlantic Youth organized an online program with Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Carmen Romero (NATO), themed:

NATO in the Disinformation Era

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, disinformation aimed at undermining U.S. and NATO forces has continued to grow and spread. How should NATO respond to disinformation campaigns that undermine Euro-Atlantic security? On Wednesday, May 20, Netherlands Atlantic Youth organized an interactive session with NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Carmen Romero on NATO’s efforts to counter disinformation, the response of the Alliance to COVID-19, and NATO’s future political and military role. The online event was moderated by Netherlands Atlantic Youth Chairman Hugo Triesscheijn.

At the program, Carmen Romero highlighted NATO’s efforts to counter disinformation:

“Fighting disinformation is a collective effort. NATO does it with pro-active, factual information. We do it by standing together and talking to each other. Youth and the NL YATA in particular have also an important role to play in creating more awareness and becoming more resilient. This is a whole-of-civil-society effort. “

Carmen Romero was appointed NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy in October 2016. She joined NATO in May 2004 as Deputy Spokesperson and Head of Press and Media, a position she held for 12 years. She has also been Acting NATO Spokesperson, including during the Russia-Georgia war in August 2008.

Prior to this, Carmen had a long career as the Foreign Affairs Correspondent for EFE News Agency based at the United Nations in Geneva, Moscow and Paris, covering events such as the revolution in Romania, the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the war in Chechnya, the crisis in Kosovo, and the NATO campaign in the former Yugoslavia. From 2001 to 2004 she was the Defence and Foreign Affairs Correspondent for EFE News Agency to the European Union and NATO. During that period she was also special envoy to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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