Propaganda

Georgian soldiers wearing protective masks stop a car at a checkpoint in Tbilisi on April 1, 2020 amid concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.

Ex-Soviet Bioweapons Labs Are Fighting COVID-19. Moscow Doesn’t Like It.

One of the greatest achievements of U.S. foreign policy has been targeted by a vicious disinformation campaign.

U.S. Park Police stand watch inside Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, DC on June 1 as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd.

Will U.S. Protests and Crackdowns Damage America’s Global Image?

Trump’s reaction to Black Lives Matter protests caused a civil-military crisis at home. Will it harm U.S. soft power abroad?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks about data leaks and Russian disinformation during a U.S. Senate hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2018.

Here We Go Again: Russia Gears Up to Interfere in 2020 Election With Coronavirus Disinformation

A campaign linked to Russia aims to manipulate this year’s elections in the United States and Europe. Trump needs to let the intelligence professionals do their work.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a videoconference meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on April 20.

Democracies Can’t Blame Putin for Their Disinformation Problem

The focus on foreign subversion ignores the damage being done at home.

A man wearing a face mask holds a welcome sign at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja, on April 8, as a team of Chinese medics sponsored by China Railway Construction Corp. arrived in Nigeria to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Beijing’s Propaganda Is Finding Few Takers

As the Chinese Communist Party embarks on a presumptive goodwill campaign, few in the developing world are falling for it.

U.S. President Donald Trump with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a NATO meeting in London.

NATO Chief Rebukes China Over Coronavirus Disinformation

Stoltenberg says state-backed disinformation campaigns are making the health crisis worse.

Commuters look at their cell phones in a subway station in Beijing on April 11 amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

A 14th-century painting showing the caravan of Niccolò and Maffeo Polo crossing Asia.

The ‘Chinese Virus’ Spread Along the New Silk Road

Western democracies may lose the coronavirus propaganda war, but China certainly won’t win it.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the flag of the Islamic State.

Self-Isolation Might Stop Coronavirus, but It Will Speed the Spread of Extremism

Millions of people stuck at home will turn to social media, where disinformation is rife. Radical Islamists and far-right groups are exploiting widespread confusion and fear to spread hate.

A notice (L) on the entrance door of a Chinese residential building on March 4 reads "protect yourself" next to a government propaganda poster.

Don’t Kick China’s Propagandists Off Twitter

Beijing is using a social media platform it blocks to spread misinformation on the virus.

Workers at unload protective gear bound for Italy from an Austrian Airlines flight from China, at Vienna Airport on March 23, 2020.

How China is Exploiting the Coronavirus to Weaken Democracies

Beijing is using the pandemic to drive wedges between members of the European Union, and to advance its propaganda war against the United States.

A street hairdresser cuts the hair of a customer as he wears a protective facemask as prevention for the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in-front of a propaganda poster on a street in Beijing on February 26, 2020.

China Is Trying to Rewrite The Present

Beijing’s propaganda blitz seeks to obscure the origins of the coronavirus.

A Chinese man wears a protective mask

China Is Fighting the Coronavirus Propaganda War to Win

Beijing isn’t interested in a tit-for-tat media feud with the United States—it’s going for escalation dominance.

An Iranian woman walks past an anti-American mural on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on May 8, 2018.

Iran Knows Who to Blame for the Virus: America and Israel

The regime’s ideological army is spinning conspiracy theories even as it helps spread the virus among Iran’s long-suffering people.

Swedish Commander in Chief Sverker Goranson talks to media after a nearly two-hour-long meeting with the Swedish parliament defense committee in Stockholm on their fifth day of searching for a suspected foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago on Oct. 21, 2014.

Loose Lips Sink Democracies?

Russia has started using the West’s own reporting against it. Here’s how to respond.

A man dressed as "Fake News Media" participates in the annual Village Halloween parade on Sixth Avenue in New York on Oct. 31.

To Stop Fake News, Online Journalism Needs a Global Watchdog 

Without regulations that push search engines and social media companies to prioritize reliable and truthful sources of information, propaganda and censored content will dominate digital platforms.

Students at Zhejiang Gongshang University learn to defend themselves with fistfight skills during military training in Hangzhou on March 10, 2018.

Chinese Universities’ First Course Is Nationalism 101

Mandatory military training for students is becoming even more fiercely ideological.

Dominic-Cummings_Brexit-Britain-EU-Riccardo-Vecchio-illustration

Can Brexit End the Scourge of British Nativism? Dominic Cummings Thinks So.

Boris Johnson’s Brexit guru sees a quick departure from the EU as the best way to neutralize Britain’s far-right.

Moshe Reuven Azman, the chief rabbi of Ukraine and Kiev, walks inside a synagogue in central Kiev on Apr. 22.

Russian Disinformation Distorted Reality in Ukraine. Americans Should Take Note.

Putin’s propaganda portrayed Ukraine as a fascist state filled with anti-Semites. Despite Ukrainians’ election of a Jewish president, the image has stuck.