COVID Information Warfare and the Future of Great Power Competition

Sascha-Dominik Bachmann, Doowan Lee, Andrew Dowse

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The coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a golden age of information warfare. Russia and China—the two most prominent authoritarian regimes contraposing the liberal, rule-based international order the West has strived to build and promote—have prospered most during the current COVID crisis. We look at the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) and Kremlin’s key COVID information warfare characteristics and explore how they are reshaping Great Power competition. We conclude with some suggestions regarding resilience and a joint counterstrategy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalThe Fletcher Forum of World Affairs
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Nov 2020


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