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Exporting Repression

Authoritarian governments are increasingly seeking to spread their values beyond their borders and put pressure their opponents abroad. Regimes are learning from each other new ways to restrict the freedoms of their citizens and are collaborating to crack down on perceived trouble makers. This programme will look at the role of traditionalist, illiberal civil society groups in promoting the authoritarian viewpoints, as well as the way authoritarian regimes use Western lobbying to manage their image. It will explore ‘the Information Battle’ over the use of media, social media and the wider internet to promote authoritarian messages and challenge independent voices.

Publications in this programme