New AtlanticistNov 28, 2022
Experts react: What this wave of protests means for the future of the Chinese Communist Party
By Atlantic Council experts
How is the CCP likely to scramble to save face in the midst of rare protests—and will its efforts even work? Our experts give their takes on what the future holds.
ArticleSep 22, 2022
Assumptions and hypotheticals: Second edition
By Emma Schroeder
In the second "Assumptions and Hypotheticals," we explore various topics, including the cyber sovereignty debate, the question of an attribution threshold, and the utility of cyber tools in crisis escalation.
In-Depth Research & ReportsAug 24, 2022
Chinese discourse power: Ambitions and reality in the digital domain
By Kenton Thibaut
The CCP has embarked on a concerted strategy to gain control over the global digital and information environment. Its goal: create an alternative global order with China at its heart.
Kenton Thibaut is a senior resident China fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab), where she leads China-related research and engagements in the Democracy + Tech Initiative.
In this capacity, she serves as head of China research and as principal investigator for projects examining China’s role in the global technology ecosystem and Chinese foreign-policy priorities vis-à-vis the digital domain.
Prior to joining DFRLab, she served for five years in the private sector working on Chinese government relations. Before this, she served as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center, where her research focused on Chinese elite politics.
Thibaut is a PhD candidate at Georgetown University, where she focuses on China’s role in the global information environment. She has received various research fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship, Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, and Boren National Security Fellowship. She was also named as a 2021 security fellow at the Truman National Security Project.
She holds an MA in international economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and completed a graduate certificate in Chinese studies at the Hopkins Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China. Thibaut also currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, where she coteaches a graduate-level course on global information operations.