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Searching for the Truth About Syria and the White Helmets (February 2018)

The recent Guardian article by Olivia Solon attacks those investigating and questioning the role of the White Helmets in Syria and attributes all such questioning to Russian propaganda, conspiracy theorizing and deliberate disinformation. The article does little, however, to address the legitimate questions which have been raised about the nature of the White Helmets and […]

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Propaganda Here and Now (Jan 2018)

The current ‘fake news’ crisis has brought to the forefront of debate questions regarding the manipulation of information and the role of deception as a political strategy. One strand of this debate has focused on the use of propaganda and deception by authoritarian and autocratic states outside the West. In particular, there has been substantial […]

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What Have We Learned from Chilcot and Why it is Important for Scholars of International Relations? (February 2018)

  The Chilcot Report has delivered severe criticisms of the way in which the British government took Britain to war in Iraq in 2003 and generated, at least for a sort time, widespread media criticism of Tony Blair as well as other officials. Chilcot made clear that war was not the last resort, that more […]

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Fake News, Propaganda and Threats to Journalism (Jan 2018)

Threats to journalism and journalistic autonomy come in many forms. At the most extreme, journalists are directly threatened, intimidated and, all too frequently, harmed by political actors seeking to influence the ‘information environment’. As a form of coercion, aimed at controlling what journalists write and say, threats and attacks can be understood as a form […]

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