Category: INFORMATION WARFARE

Time to confront China’s global influence: Post-COVID prospects for Beijing’s sharp power

     

The news on Friday morning that Australia is currently being hit by a major cyber attack targeting all levels of government, political parties and businesses has focussed attention on national… Read more »

Persuade or Perish: ‘Pandemic Propaganda and the Global Democracy Crisis’

     

Whether stated explicitly or implied, the theme that binds much of the pandemic malign influence currently targeting western nations is that democracy, both as a system of government and a set… Read more »

Is China winning? Covid-19 a ‘unique stress test’ of political resilience

     

Like an asteroid, coronavirus is the textbook example of an exogenous shock. The threat came from beyond. Yet the pathogen offers a unique stress test of each country’s resilience, argues… Read more »

How Russian trolls weaponize virus lies

     

China isn’t the only authoritarian regime to take advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to expand its sharp power in an effort to undermine democratic norms and institutions. Russia’s decade-long health… Read more »

‘Viral Authoritarianism’? COVID-19 turns spotlight on democratic erosion

     

Seoul’s decision to hold the April 15 polls in the middle of a pandemic highlights South Korea’s status as a beacon of democracy in Asia. It stands in stark contrast… Read more »

Democracy during pandemic – a help or hindrance?

     

The coronavirus has given rise to a flood of conspiracy theories, disinformation and propaganda, eroding public trust and undermining health officials in ways that could elongate and even outlast the… Read more »