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Virtual Talk by Mark Laity "Perception Becomes Reality" on the use of narrative in information warfare

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Virtual Talk by Mark Laity "Perception Becomes Reality" on the use of narrative in information warfare

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06 May, 19:00 – 20:00

About the Event

Please join us for Mark Laity's fascinating talk "Perception becomes Reality" on the use of narrative in warfare. 

This event is has been organised in conjunction with the Pen and Sword Club and will be conducted virtually. 

Short Biog of Mark Laity

Mark is a widely respected expert on Strategic Communications and security and one of the leaders in its development within NATO where his nickname was ‘Mr StratCom’. He has been involved with the media, information & Strategic Communication for more than four decades, both as a journalist, mostly with the BBC, & then in a variety of senior posts in NATO. He has had a long association with Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, notably their Afghanistan tour of 2006.

He retired in December 2020 as Director of the Communications Division at SHAPE. He is now Director of the StratCom Academy, a start-up he has co-founded on retirement from NATO to provide education, training, and consultancy services in StratCom within the security sector.

From 2007 until 2017 Mark was the Director of Strategic Communications (StratCom) at SHAPE, the first holder of the post, created in response to the growing importance of information campaigns in military operations.  In his various jobs he has played an influential role in developing StratCom as a key element within today’s changing security environment.

His StratCom post followed nine months in Afghanistan with the ARRC in 2006-7 as the NATO Spokesman in Kabul & Media Adviser to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Commander and was awarded NATO’s Meritorious Service Medal. He did two further ISAF tours in 2008 and 2010.

He joined NATO as Special Adviser to the Secretary General of NATO, this followed 22 years in journalism, mostly in the BBC including 11 years as the BBC's Defence Correspondent where he reported from the frontlines of most major conflicts of the 1990s.

He has BA(Hons) & MA degrees from the University of York. In 2020, in recognition of his work in journalism & StratCom, the university awarded him an Honorary Doctorate (DUniv). He is also an Associate Fellow at the King’s Centre for Strategic Communications, Kings College London.

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