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Making the World Unsafe for Democracy: China’s Approach to Political Warfare

Making the World Unsafe for Democracy: China’s Approach to Political Warfare

  • Speakers:
  • Toshi Yoshihara
    Senior Fellow · Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments
  • Date / Time:
  • September 20, 2018
  • 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
  • Venue:
  • Present Day Club
  • 72 Stockton Street
  • Princeton. NJ. US. 08540

Over the past two years, Americans have focused on Russia disinformation operations in the United States and the West.  Yet, China, too, is waging political warfare against the West through a variety of means, from mobilizing ethnic Chinese diasporas, sponsoring pro-regime educational institutions in universities, conducting information operations via The China Global Television Network, and recruiting business leaders with strong economic interests in China. Drawing on a new CSBA study of Russian and Chinese political warfare, Toshi Yoshihara will assess the effectiveness of China’s approach and ponder possible responses by US policymakers.

Toshi Yoshihara held the John A. van Beuren Chair of Asia-Pacific Studies at the U.S. Naval War College where he taught strategy for over a decade, prior to joining CSBA. He has been a visiting professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and served as a research analyst at the Institute for Foreign Policy Analysis, RAND, and the American Enterprise Institute. He has testified before the Defense Policy Board, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, and is co-author of Red Star over the Pacific: China’s Rise and the Challenge to U.S. Maritime Strategy (Naval Institute Press, 2013).


** The talk originally planned for this date by John Lehman on The Untold Story of the Cold War at Sea – and Why It Matters for Today will be rescheduled. **


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