Friday, February 9, 2018

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Olympic-Sized Stakes, The Disinformation Age, China’s Arctic Aspirations


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Wilson Weekly
February 9, 2018



Let the Korean Games Begin!

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The Winter Olympics kicked off today in Pyeongchang and the drama has already extended far beyond the slopes. As politics becomes a backdrop for sport and vice versa, the Wilson Center assembled top Korea-watchers to analyze the calculus of the North, the South, and the United States – and the stakes are hardly the stuff of games.

China's 'Polar Silk Road'?

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While Beijing is still thousands of miles from the North Pole, China's new self-designation as a "near-Arctic state" means that distances could be shrinking. In this latest Ground Truth Briefing, experts on Arctic issues and Chinese politics scrutinized Beijing's burgeoning ambitions in the Far North.

Can Soft Power Be Measured?

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Movies, food, and social media as well as values, education, and religion all allow a country to extend its influence abroad. But can that influence actually be measured – from the U.S. to Russia to China and beyond? Wilson Center Fellow Irene Wu explains her efforts to develop metrics and quantify soft power..

The Disinformation Age

The Wilson Quarterly, Winter 2018

Modern media-consumers are the civilians in a messaging warzone, in which nefarious aims and "fake news" (actual or claimed) battle with verified reporting and facts. From the The New York Times newsroom to a jail cell in Azerbaijan, the latest issue of The WQ offers unique stories of ramifications and responses in our disinformation age. Plus, discover our interactive photo essay, "The Story of Propaganda in 12 Images."

Wilson in the News

Will North Korea Win the Gold Medal for Deceit? (The New York Times)

"I worry that it is too fast, too soon and that in their haste to ensure an Olympics without provocation, South Korean officials could be rushing headlong into a premature détente," writes Jean H. Lee.

Hijab Protests Expose Iran's Core Divide (The New Yorker)

The new female civil-disobedience campaigns centered on the hijab highlight the decades-old tension between the Islamic Republic's "Islamic" and "Republic" promises, writes Robin Wright.

Russian Meddling Is a Meme (The Moscow Times)

Maxim Trudolyubov asks, is Russia "the world's meddler-in-chief" or are we just reading a coherent strategy into isolated trolling and propaganda efforts?

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