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Peter Pomerantsev

Senior Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University

Peter Pomerantsev is a Senior Fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University where he co-directs the Arena Initiative.

Between 2017- 2020, he was a Senior Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science where he was the director of the Arena Initiative, a research project dedicated to overcoming the challenges of digital era disinformation and polarization. His book on Russian propaganda, Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, won the 2016 Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and was nominated for the Samuel Johnson, Guardian First Book, Pushkin House and Gordon Burns Prizes. It is translated into over a dozen languages and was dramatized on BBC Radio 4. His new book, This is Not Propaganda, was released in August 2019 and has been shortlisted for the Gordon Burns Prize and was a Times Book of the Year.

Born in Kyiv, Ukraine Peter grew up in the U.K. He is the author of three books about Russian and other authoritarian propaganda, his latest, ‘How to Win an Information War, The Propagandist who Outwitted Hitler’ has just been published. In a short, animated film he made for BBC Newsnight, Pomerantsev introduced the idea of the “post-modern politician” arguing that “Trump and Putin share a disdain for the facts – and this is part of their appeal”.