In the Spring of 2017, the management of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), the U.S. government’s official coordinating body for international media, approached the American Foreign Policy Council with a request. In response to persistent criticism from lawmakers on Capitol Hill, as well as mounting pressure from the newly-inaugurated Trump administration, the agency sought to commission an independent review of the content of its Persian-language media outreach. Such a process, BBG professionals explained, would help the agency to identify and rectify significant deficiencies at a time when the role of U.S. broadcasting toward the Islamic Republic was a topic of growing scrutiny (and skepticism) among those formulating the country’s strategy toward Iran...
Back to arms control?;
The shadow rulers of captured states;
A growing Russian presence in Venezuela;
Russia's nervous press toes the official line;
Moscow's military mind control
In Israel’s latest national elections on Tuesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in securing a decisive electoral victory despite early returns that indicated he and his conservative Likud party were behind in the polls. In truth, however, Netanyahu’s victory was always more likely than not.
Ideological reeducation makes a comeback;
Some belated justice for Boris Nemtsov?;
Brussels calls out Moscow;
The price of dissent in Chechnya;
The nuts and bolts of Russian disinformation
The Trump administration is turning up the heat on the ayatollahs.