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China Escalates the Pandemic Propaganda War

As its global image takes a big hit, China is using an arsenal of spin, obfuscation, hyperbole, and outright disinformation to win back its reputation.

China Is Spreading Coronavirus Disinformation, CISA Warns

The agency also cautioned against dangerous suggestions—such as ingesting bleach—as cures for the disease.

Putin Takes Another Step in Bid to Control Russia’s Internet

One center of resistance to the Kremlin’s attempt to bring the country’s internet access under central control is being brought to heel.

How to Counter China’s Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign

Beijing is using lies to undermine America’s standing; the U.S. should fight back with science and truth.

China’s Coronavirus Disinformation Ensnared Its Chief Target

Trump’s “Chinese virus” tweets are, in part, an attempt to cover up how he ignored U.S. intelligence and believed Beijing.

China Is Avoiding Blame by Trolling the World

Beijing is successfully dodging culpability for its role in spreading the coronavirus.

Iranian, Russian, Chinese Media Push COVID-19 ‘Bioweapon’ Conspiracies

Disinformation about the coronavirus is spreading as quickly as the virus, thanks to the usual players.

How China Is Working to Quarantine the Truth About the Coronavirus

The authoritarian playbook — censor, distract, lie — is on full display.

Russia’s ‘Data Localization’ Efforts May Guide Other Governments

Moscow’s efforts to keep data on home soil are of interest to other authoritarian states — and even some liberal democracies.

Best of 2019: Editor's Choice

Even with several best-of lists, it's hard to choose among the thousands of articles we published this year. Here are a few notables that we haven't noted elsewhere.

Best of 2019: Ideas

Revisit some of the best op-eds and commentary we had the privilege of publishing over the past year.

Best of 2019: Defense One Radio

Review the year that was — and consider what's next — with episodes from our award-winning podcast.

Ep. 61: Influence operations in 2020

In 2016, Moscow sowed division with fake news. Today, Russian agents simply reflect the things Americans say about each other.

Who’s Really to Blame for the ‘Ukraine Did It’ Conspiracy Theory?

Judging on the basis of public evidence, the narrative about Ukraine was propagated first and foremost by Americans, not Russian disinformation puppeteers.

GOP Lawmakers Used to Oppose Trump's Embrace of Russia. No More.

High-ranking Republicans are now defending the president with debunked claims that national security experts say play right into Putin's hands.

Britain’s Secret War With Russia

The poisoning of a double agent sparked an intelligence and PR battle between London and Moscow, the details of which are only now emerging.