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About Amber Frankland

Amber Frankland is a research assistant with the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. Her research focuses primarily on Russia and information operations, and she contributes to weekly reporting on Russia, China, and Iran’s state media and diplomat activity collected on the Hamilton 2.0 dashboard. Some of her recent reports have covered covid-19 vaccine information operations and Russia’s evolving information manipulation playbook. Prior to joining ASD, Amber completed internships with the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program, GMF, the U.S. Department of State’s former consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the Casper, Wyoming office of U.S. Senator John Barrasso.

She received her MA in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from Stanford University, where she wrote her capstone on the narratives surrounding alphabet changes in Kazakhstan. She has a BA in Russian and East European Studies and Linguistics from the University of Chicago. Amber speaks English and Russian and has also studied Kazakh.

Leaks, Lies, and Altered Tape: Russia’s Maturing Information Manipulation Playbook

Russia’s disinformation tactics, techniques, and procedures are evolving. Stakeholders of all types—journalists, regulators, and researchers—must see the full picture of Russian activity as it is changing to anticipate what might be to come. Intro [...]

2020-10-17T00:47:54-04:00October 14, 2020|By and |

Debating the Debates: How Russian, Chinese, and Iranian State-Backed Media Covered the U.S. First Presidential and Vice Presidential Debates

Overview On September 29, President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden sparred in the first of three (now two) presidential debates. The event, which was labelled a “debacle” and a “total disaster” by the U.S. news media, unsurprisingl [...]

2020-10-13T15:10:58-04:00October 13, 2020|By , , and |

Hamilton Analysis: A Tale of Two Protest Movements: Russian, Iranian, and Chinese Coverage of Protests in Belarus vs. the United States

Overview On August 9, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko declared a landslide victory in an election widely regarded to be neither free nor fair, sparking widespread protests across the country. Since that time, Russian, Chinese, and Iranian [...]

2020-09-09T14:00:01-04:00September 8, 2020|By , , and |
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