Forget Counterterrorism, the United States Needs a Counter-Disinformation Strategy
If the U.S. government wants to win the information wars, Cold War-era tactics won’t cut it anymore.
How Turkey’s Soft Power Conquered Pakistan
The TV drama “Ertugrul” reveals how neo-Ottoman fantasies are finding an enthusiastic audience in a country that struggles with Saudi and Western influence.
Russia Is Winning the Information War in Afghanistan
The country’s former occupier is using Kremlin-backed media to fuel anger toward the United States.
Journalism Has a Class Problem, Too
The increasingly narrow backgrounds of reporters distort coverage at home and abroad.
The Turkish Government Closed a University Because It Fears Free Speech
Ankara shut an institution founded by religious conservatives and attacks tech companies in order to stop young Turks from accessing a free academic and media environment.
Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide
As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.
As the Coronavirus Spreads, Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral Too
Dubious and unfounded claims on the internet intended for domestic consumption are reaching far beyond their target audiences, allowing governments to spread disinformation cheaply and easily.
The World Is Addicted to Pandemic Porn
The insatiable appetite for disaster information is psychologically understandable—and politically dangerous.
The United States Can’t Win Playing China’s Media Games
Tit-for-tat media expulsions only end up benefiting Beijing.
Taiwan’s War on Fake News Is Hitting the Wrong Targets
The fight on Chinese disinformation has become dangerously partisan.
Harry and Meghan Are Leaving the Job but Keeping the Salary
Blame the British press and Buckingham Palace staff for the royal Brexit.
Middle Eastern Voices Deserve to Be Heard in Western Media
Coverage of Suleimani’s killing shows locals are still silenced.
The Most Overhyped and Underrated Stories of 2019
A look at the stories the major media overreported—or paid too little attention to—in the past year.
Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters
Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.
Poland’s State of the Media
How public television became an outlet for the Law and Justice party—and what it means for democracy.
Loose Lips Sink Democracies?
Russia has started using the West’s own reporting against it. Here’s how to respond.
Tehran Paints Over Its Anti-American Murals
The city’s old public art showed a United States to be feared. The new ones depict a country that is weaker, more laughable, and riddled with its own problems.