Hybrid Warfare Through Media Summary
The hybrid warfare course will examine the current ways of waging a hybrid war through both traditional and social media in Ukraine. It will also examine how propaganda and truth are being merged to forge a new narrative attacking the citizens living in Western style democracies by promoting an illiberal-authoritarian style of government.
Instructor: Ms. Kateryna Petrenko, Co-Founder/Managing Director of the International Association of Free Ukraine; Board Member of AILTE
Kateryna founded Free UA to achieve freedom and democracy in her country and to enhance thepositioning for Ukraine globally. In addition to spreading freedom and democracy, her International Association is working on Ukrainian security, the on going fight against corruption, promotion of the rule of law, Euro-integration, implementation of democratic reforms and the economic development of Ukraine (www.freeua.org).
One of Kateryna’s motivations behind Free Ukraine is to develop a unique women’s leadership program focusing on the individual, professional and political development of women. She has recently written the book, “Practical Way of Self-Improvement: From Successful Woman to the Queen” (www.freeua.org/woman). Kateryna is also a founder of the Ukrainian Women’s Organization “The School for Women’s Policy”.
Since 2009, Ms. Petrenko serves as chief political strategist for the Bohush Communications PR agency. She has developed analytical projects “Ukraine: strategic modeling and reforming”, “The Value of Reforms in the Democratic Transformation in Ukraine”. And Katyerna has worked on numerous political and PR campaigns (including presidential, parliamentary and local elections in Ukraine), include being an expert image creator for candidates (www.bohush.org.ua).
Kateryna is also organizing international programs Liberty Camp in Ukraine since 2012, and has presented at numerous conferences throughout Ukraine, Germany, Poland, Greece, Belarus, and the Czech Republic. She is the co-author of the Ukrainian system of new political elite education titled “The Power of the Earth” (www.sylaz.org). Katyerna is also currently finishing up her PhD at Taras Shevchenko National University of Ukraine. Her thesis is titled, “Institutional Aspects of NGO and Government Cooperation in Ukraine”.