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    How Do You Say ‘Fake News’ in Russian?

    Russian news sites portray the U.S. presidential election as a prelude to civil war. Foreign Policy…

    Soft power ‘with Australian characteristics’ (part 2)

    The Foreign Affairs team conducting Australia’s soft power review has been travelling the country to invite a national conversation about influence and persuasion. In Hobart, for example, interlocutors ranged widely…

    Jamal Khashoggi Had Skin in the Game. The Crown Prince’s Cheerleaders Didn’t.

    Too often, Westerners treat courageous local experts like pawns in a political game. The journalist’s murder should serve as a reminder that, for some, writing an op-ed is a deadly…

    Soft power ‘with Australian characteristics’ (part 1)

    How could it be that many foreigners simultaneously love American films, music and fashion, yet, as Peter van Ham writes, they judge Washington so harshly as to say the US…

    Making sure we’re seen and heard across the sea

    Thirty years ago, a South Pacific radio chief hit me with the greatest jest-cum-compliment I ever received working for the ABC’s international service, Radio Australia. The joke about the role…

    Blind spot fix: rebuild Australia’s international voice

    Australia is witnessing an explosion of blind spot exposures, as important institutions are blindsided by their own shortcomings. The blind spot eruption reveals big organisations with incomplete vision, unable to…

    Mohammad bin Salman Is Scared of Saudi Expats

    The crown prince will stop at nothing to silence his growing number of critics, regardless of where they live. Foreign Policy…

    China’s Global Propaganda Is Aimed at Bosses, Not Foreigners

    Chinese reporters overseas are rewarded for whiny nationalism, not persuasive argument. Foreign Policy…

    China Is Buying African Media’s Silence

    I wrote about Chinese oppression in a South African paper. Hours later, they cancelled my column. Foreign Policy…

    Journalism, international affairs and the new information order

    The shifting role of international media is akin to the changing-times tale told by the university economics professor retiring after 40 years of teaching. At his farewell, the prof confessed…

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