Think Tanks for Authoritarian Influence

For a year or more I simply thought that explaining public health evidence would be enough to show people the errors being made through this nightmare. But it has become apparent that public health has nothing to do with what is happening. For example, when a data analyst showed this graph on Twitter yesterday he merely elicited accusations of “anti-vaxxer”. This shuts down all possibility of discussing the epidemiological phenomenon observed, rendering public health in effect, cancelled.

So what exactly led to the downfall of evidence based disease surveillance, outbreak control and pandemic response? It seems somewhat explained by this (16 page) document by Nadège Rolland, a political and security analyst. She is the author of the book China’s Eurasian Century? Political and Strategic Implications of the Belt and Road Initiative (2017) and of several reports dedicated to Chinese elite thinking on BRI security and China’s vision of a new world order.

As globalization deepens integration between democracies and autocracies, the compromising effects of sharp power—which impairs free expression, neutralizes independent institutions, and distorts the political environment—have grown apparent across crucial sectors of open societies. The Sharp Power and Democratic Resilience series is an effort to systematically analyze the ways in which leading authoritarian regimes seek to manipulate the political landscape and censor independent expression within democratic settings, and to highlight potential civil society responses.

Connecting the dots is not so difficult when you see the links between various players. For example previous Moderna CEO:

Alain Mérieux received the Reform Friendship Award at a conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of China’s Reform and Opening Up on December 18, 2018. The event took place at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, in the presence of President Xi Jinping.


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