Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Foreign Influence Election 2020

FIE 2020 examines Russian state-sponsored media’s calamitous messaging and discusses how COVID-19 has provided a ripe opportunity for greater reception to these narratives.

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FIE outlines coverage from RT and Sputnik News that questions the integrity of U.S. elections in 2020.

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Which Chinese, Iranian and Russian state-sponsored news stories and narratives spread the most across social media? FIE 2020 discusses the most popular stories from each country’s media outlets out of more than 15,500 catalogued state-sponsored articles about the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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FIE 2020 examines how state-sponsored outlets criticize American “myths” in coverage and attempt to denigrate the U.S. via COVID-19 coverage using these cultural myths.

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FIE 2020 examines and discusses social media presence of Chinese, Iranian and Russian state-sponsored news outlets.

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FIE 2020 discusses narratives about global leadership and global order pushed by Russian, Iranian and Chinese media amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FIE 2020’s third update on Russia’s media mentions of the 2020 candidates and the 2020 election.

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An examination of Russian, Iranian and Chinese state-sponsored coverage of the U.S.-China trade war, an illustrative example of narrative overlap between these three nations.

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FIE 2020 takes a look at how The Global Times’s coverage on the trade war has changed amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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FIE 2020 examines PressTV’s media mentions of the 2020 candidates in February and March 2020.

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FIE 2020 examines Chinese state media outlet The Global Times and its coverage of the 2020 U.S. presidential election and the 2020 candidates.

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Kremlin narratives about former Vice President Joe Biden offer an illustrative example of Russian state-sponsored media’s dual approaches to coverage: obvious bias and subtle slant.

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FIE 2020 examines the battle for the narrative between the U.S. and China amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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In February and early March, while Iran and Russia pushed out conspiracies about the virus, Chinese state-sponsored media outlets appeared less inclined to do so. Since March 12, however, the Chinese state media has changed its tune on conspiracy theories.

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FIE 2020 discusses Chinese state-sponsored media’s coverage of President Trump amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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As the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, so too has the disinformation and misinformation surrounding the epidemic. FIE 2020 examines distinct narratives highlighted on Russian, Iranian and Chinese state-sponsored media outlets.

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The global COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak portended a coming tsunami of coronavirus conspiracy theories from all corners of the earth. How should we think about coronavirus disinformation and respond to it?

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FIE 2020’s second update on Russia’s media mentions of the 2020 candidates.

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Does Russia want Trump or Sanders to win the U.S. presidency? FIE 2020’s Clint Watts gives an overview of the current state of Russia’s influence campaign in election 2020.

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FIE 2020 examines how Russian state media discusses the women running in 2020.

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This FIE 2020 article examines how the Russian media covered President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and how articles on this topic differed from past coverage.

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This article examines how disinformation trends in the U.K. relate to U.S. efforts to combat disinformation ahead of the 2020 election.

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FIE 2020 discusses mentions, themes and narratives throughout state-sponsored Russian and Iranian coverage of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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FIE 2020 covers Iran’s PressTV and its coverage of former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

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FIE 2020 examines media coverage by RT and Sputnik News of the 2020 Iowa caucuses.

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In this analysis, FIE 2020 examines the similarities in Russian and Iranian state-sponsored content, including the motivations behind such similarities.

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The FIE 2020 Project examines Iranian state-sponsored media mentions of the 2020 presidential candidates and the narratives that surround coverage of the U.S. election published on Iran’s PressTV.

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FIE 2020 examines Kremlin-sponsored outlets’ takes on the assertions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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FIE 2020 discusses Sputnik News’s approaches to impeachment coverage.

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To date, the team has analyzed 2,572 stories and 4,591 mentions published by RT and Sputnik. Here are some of the highlights since our previous analyses of Russian state-sponsored media on November 10 and November 25.

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Russia’s strategic calculus for hacking Election 2020 involves several factors. FPRI’s Foreign Influence Election 2020 Project discusses the considerations Russia will face in deciding whether to hack or not to hack during the 2020 election cycle.

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Last week, FPRI’s Foreign Influence Election 2020 (FIE 2020) Project published its first analysis of Russia’s media mentions of the 2020 Democratic candidates. The FIE 2020 database now includes updates since its first analysis, bringing the total number of articles analyzed to 1,887 since January 1, 2019. This week, FIE 2020 presents an analysis of the Russian media mentions of the GOP candidates for the 2020 election.

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The 1,203 mentions of Democratic candidates quickly illustrated the Kremlin’s preferences amongst the Democratic field and, in particular, who they likely don’t want to see inaugurated in January 2021. Here are some highlights from this first round of analysis regarding the Democratic candidates:

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The project seeks to protect the 2020 U.S. presidential election from foreign interference by filling gaps in data, knowledge and understanding of how foreign powers seek to degrade American institutions, elected officials, and presidential candidates.

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