The CCP’s Influence and Information Operations in the Free World

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The CCP’s Influence and Information Operations in the Free World

15th July 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

How does the Chinese Government engineer its victories around the world? How has this threat influenced different aspects of our societies? How does it seek to persuade our leaders, policymakers, and elites to take decisions in its interests?

These questions are no longer the niche interests of security analysts but real and present threats to our democratic societies.  In the past year, influence and information operations — launched by the CCP — have been uncovered across the Free World.  In this new era of increased great state completion, both recognising and combatting these operations will be critical to defending our sovereignty and democratic norms.

In this event, jointly organised by the Henry Jackson Society and the US Embassy, London, David Shullman, Mareike Ohlberg, and Matthew Henderson — three people with personal experience of calling out CCP influence operations in the West — will discuss how the Chinese Communist Party’s network of operations works in real life.  Together they will offer a potted history of operations, clarity on how to identify CCP influence and information operations, and a guide on how to tackle them.

David O. Shullman is Senior Advisor at the International Republican Institute, where he oversees IRI’s work addressing the influence of China and other autocracies on democratic institutions and governance in countries around the world. He is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security.

Dr. Shullman previously served for nearly a dozen years as one of the U.S. Government’s top experts on East Asia, most recently as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia on the National Intelligence Council.  Dr. Shullman has testified on China topics before subcommittees of both chambers of the U.S. Congress and has published in numerous outlets including Foreign Affairs and The National Interest.  He earned his PhD in Political Science from UCLA, a MALD from the Fletcher School, and a BA in Government from Georgetown.

Mareike Ohlberg is co-author of the book Hidden Hand: How the Communist Party of China is Reshaping the World (2020). She is a senior fellow in the Asia Program and co-leads the Stockholm China Forum. She is based at GMF’s Berlin Office. Before joining GMF, Mareike worked as an analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies, where she focussed on China’s media and digital policies as well as the Chinese Communist Party’s influence campaigns in Europe. Prior to that, she was an An Wang postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and a postdoctoral fellow at Shih-Hsin University in Taipei. She has spent several years living and working in Greater China.  Mareike has a doctoral degree in Chinese studies from the University of Heidelberg and a master’s degree in East Asian regional studies from Columbia University. She is a frequent commentator in the media on the global implications of China’s rise.


15th July 2020
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


United Kingdom


Henry Jackson Society
+44 (0) 20 7340 4520


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