Active Measures Newsletter

From the Active Measures Newsletter produced by the Pell Center at Salve Regina University.  Sign up for their newsletter here.

Here are the top stories we’ve seen this week:


  1. Battling COVID-19, is DOD Prepared for an Onslaught of Disinformation and Propaganda from Foreign Competitors? | Matthew Coughlin & Paul Lieber | Military Times
  2. COVID-19: Indicators of Unconventional Warfare Against the West | Oleksandr Danylyuk | International Policy Digest
  3. Justice Department Tracks Virus Disinformation by Russia, China | Chris Strohm | Bloomberg
  4. China Calls Off Its Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign, While Russia Allows Malign Actors to Continue | Abraham Mahshie | Washington Examiner
  5. Coronavirus Becomes a Weapon of Disinformation in Middle East Battle for Influence | Nabih Bulos | Lost Angeles Times
  6. Judy Asks: Is the Coronavirus Breeding Disinformation Across Europe? | Judy Dempsey et. al. | Carnegie Europe: Judy Dempsey’s Strategic Europe
  7. 5G-Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory is Being Boosted by Organized Disinformation Campaign | Ryan Gallagher | Fortune
  8. As the U.S. Prepares for COVID-19 Disinformation Stokes Panic and Discord | Wayne Rash | Forbes
  9. ‘Liberal Swine’: How the Kremlin Exploits the Pandemic for Propaganda | Ksenita Kirillova |
  10. Why China’s Coronavirus Lies Don’t Matter if it Plays the Long Information Game | Mark Payumo | The National Interest
  11. China’s corona virus battle is waning. Its propaganda fight is not. | Vivian Wang |  New York Times
  12. The Virus of Disinformation: Echoes of Past Bioweapons Accusations in Today’s COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories | Sarah Jacobs Gamberini & Amanda Moodie | War on the Rocks
  13. The UK Has Condemned Russia for Spreading ‘Disinformation’ About Boris Johnson’s Health | Alex Wickham | BuzzFeed News
  14. How Coronavirus Disinformation Gets Past Social Media Moderators | Robert Evans | Bellingcat


  1. Russian propaganda ‘very likely’ stoking 5G health fears in Australia: expert claims | Chris Zappone | The Sydney Morning Herald
  2. Russia-connected group pushed fake documents aimed at political flashpoints, researchers say | Kevin Collier | NBC news
  3. Revealed: Estonia Targeted by Russia-linked Disinformation Deluge | Alex Scroxton |
  4. Long Read: Intent to Infekt: ‘Operation Pinball’ Tactics Reminiscent of ‘Operation Secondary Infektion’ | Insikt Group | Recorded Future


  1. Long Read: Political Warfare, Sharp Power, the U.S., and East Asia | Jacques deLisle | Orbis