Dr. Alina Polyakova
The chaos created by the rapid spread of COVID-19 has created an unprecedented opportunity for state-sponsored disinformation—echoing the KGB's infamous “Operation Infektion” in the 1980s, which blamed the United States for the creation of HIV.
Russia and China are exploiting both real-life mistakes and weaknesses in the information space to control and modify the narrative, with impacts on geopolitics and national security. China is seeking to blame the United States for the virus and portraying itself as the best source of medical technology to deal with it. Russia is sowing divisions between and within Western countries to undermine public confidence in government competence and integrity.
While the West struggles to curb the pandemic, China and Russia are gaining the upper hand on the global stage.
Alina Polyakova, CEPA President and CEO
Alex Alaphilippe, Executive Director at EU DisinfoLab
Jakub Janda, Executive Director at the European Values
Edward Lucas, Senior Vice President at CEPA
Lucrezia Poggetti, Analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies