Beijing’s Global Media Offensive: A Discussion with Joshua Kurlantzick
February 28th, 2023 12:00PM -1:00PM
Join the World Affairs Council virtually on Feb 28 for a discussion with Joshua Kurlantzick on efforts by China to influence its neighbors and competitors through disinformation, media, and information influence campaigns. In his new book Beijing's Global Media Offensive, Kurlantzick details how China has become the biggest spender on foreign influence campaigns in the Indo Pacific–and beyond. While attempts have not always been successful, China is exporting its model of political and internet control and building alliances with fellow autocratic leaders at the expense of press freedom, human rights, and democracy around the world.
About the Speaker
Joshua Kurlantzick is senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is the author, most recently, of Beijing's Global Media Offensive: China's Uneven Campaign To Influence Asia and the World. Kurlantzick was previously a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he studied Southeast Asian politics and economics and China's relations with Southeast Asia, including Chinese investment, aid, and diplomacy. Previously, he was a fellow at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy and a fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He is currently focused on China’s relations with Southeast Asia, and China’s approach to soft and sharp power, including state-backed media and information efforts and other components of soft and sharp power. He is also working on issues related to the rise of global populism, populism in Asia, and the impact of COVID-19 on illiberal populism and political freedom overall.
Kurlantzick has also served as a columnist for Time, a correspondent for The Economist based in Bangkok, a special correspondent for the New Republic, a senior correspondent for the American Prospect, and a contributing writer for Mother Jones. He also serves on the editorial board of Current History.