Truth in Times of War—and the New War on Truth

Lecture and discussion with Ivan Krastev and Peter Pomerantsev

It has become a commonplace that we live in a “post-truth” era. Is “post-truth” just another chapter in the long history of propaganda, or does it represent a new phenomenon?What we currently observe in public discourse is indeed a tendency to dismiss the very difference between true and false, fact and fiction – a politics that has become pervasive from Putin’s Russia to Trump’s America. The Russian invasion of Ukraine could be seen as its coming-out party. The consequences for liberal democracy may well be dramatic: what is at stake is trust in its institutions, in politicians and their accountability.What can we do to fight this new threat that challenges the very fundaments of our societies?

A conversation with Ivan Krastev (Chair; Centre for Liberal Studies; Permanent Fellow, IWM) and Peter Pomerantsev (Visiting Senior Fellow, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics; TV producer and journalist; author of Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible: The Surreal Heart of the New Russia (2014)), moderated by Angelina Kariakina (Editor in Chief of news, Ukrainian television channel Hromadske; Visiting Fellow of the IWM’s Ukraine in European Dialogue program (June 2017)).

The keynote panel discussion by Ivan Krastev and Peter Pomerantsev is part of the closed workshop Post Truth, which takes place at the IWM on May 22  and 23.

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