ReportApr 20, 2022
China’s discourse power operations in the Global South
By Kenton Thibaut
An overview of China’s discourse power activities in the Global South, including the regions of Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. It outlines the processes through which China leverages its diplomatic, media, and political positions in these regions to gain influence, and assesses the impacts of these activities for democratic resilience worldwide.
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Simin Kargar is a researcher on human rights and technology. Over the past decade, Kargar has worked with a variety of public and private stakeholders on the interrelations of technology, geopolitics, and human rights in repressive environments. At DFRLab, Kargar focuses on information warfare in the Middle East and the policy responses that it calls for.
Kargar is currently a doctoral researcher at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Her research centers on the evolution of statecraft in the networked era. In particular, she investigates the ways that Iran and Saudi Arabia, as two regional powers, engage in subversive activities through emerging technologies and complicate the regional and international affairs.