“Big Brother” is Teaching: Historical Revisionism and Censorship as Tools of Sharp Power

June 23, 2022

By Ariane Gottlieb

In his seminal work 1984, George Orwell stated, “who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” His writing reveals a keen observation: autocrats seek to manipulate, warp, and erase history to legitimize their rule and undercut...

How China Is Selling Its Muslim Genocide to the Arab World

April 6, 2022

By Nick Monaco and Colin Eide

"I recently saw on the news that people outside the country are claiming that we're being forced to workthis is a lie. Is there something wrong with motivated people like me going out and seeking work? These people's political...

A Long Shot? Cuba’s Vaccines and Medical Diplomacy

March 17, 2022

By Ariane Gottlieb

Cuban authorities have announced their intention to submit their Abdala COVID-19 vaccine to the World Health Organization...

Democracy and Autocracy Are Contagious

February 24, 2022

By Michael Coppedge

It is no accident that Ukraine is a flash point of contention between Russia and the transatlantic community. Ukraine is situated at the center of the struggle between autocratic and democratic regions. Such influence efforts, however, are on display far beyond Ukraine....

On Thin Ice: How the World’s Companies Can Be Censored by Authoritarians

February 16, 2022

By Rachelle Faust

The torch was lit, and a warning delivered: “Any behavior that is against the Olympic spirit—especially against Chinese laws or regulations—are also subject to certain punishment,”

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