Seminar: Information Support of Conflicts – Theory and Practice

The head of the of the Asia-Pacific section, Yurii Poita, held seminars for specialists from the central state and local authorities of Kazakhstan involved in the implementation of state policy in the field of interethnic relations.

Seminars were organized by the Institute of Applied Ethnopolitical Research (Kazakhstan) on conflict topics involving different ethnic groups.

As part of the event, Yurii conducted seminars on the following topics: “Information support of conflicts: theory and approaches”, and “Hate speech: comparative analysis in the post-Soviet space”.

The following issues were disclosed:

  • General approaches to informational influence on the formation and escalation of conflicts;
  • The influence of the media and social media – a constructive and destructive model of information support for conflicts;
  • The role and consequences of disinformation and manipulation in conflicts.
  • “Hate speech” – definition of a concept, classification, identification;
  • Features of the “Hate speech” in the post-Soviet space (on the example of Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan) – objects of information aggression, narratives, and consequences.

Also, during the discussion, the features of the information policy of local authorities on the prevention of conflicts in society, identifying them at the initial stages, and reducing the potential for conflict with the help of the media were considered.

Yurii Poita

Head of the Asian Section

He has been working as a Head of the Asia-Pacific Section at the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (Kyiv, Ukraine). Yurii also is a sinologist and member of the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.

He studied at the Institute of International Relations of the Kyiv International University, the Wuhan Research Institute of Postal and Telecommunications (China), Zhytomyr Military Institute (Ukraine). At the moment Yurii is a PhD candidate at the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University.

He has experience in defense, international journalism, analytics and research.

Research interests: China’s influence in the post-Soviet space, “hybrid” threats to national security, Ukrainian-Chinese relations, the development of the situation in the Asia-Pacific and the Central Asian region.

He took part in a number of expert and scientific discussions in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Israel, China and other countries. He has participated in research projects on the consequences of educational migration to China, interethnic conflicts and the protest potential of Kazakhstan, creation of a new Asian strategy of the MFA of Ukraine, study of Ukraine’s relations with the countries of Central and East Asia.

Speaks Ukrainian, Russian, English and Chinese.

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