IDA Ideas

How Russian Disinformation Campaigns in Africa Are Manipulating Public Opinion and Eroding Western Influence

April 22, 2022

IDA Ideas host Rhett Moeller spoke to Miriam M. Roday and Sarah A. Daly, researchers in the IDA Systems and Analyses Center, about their opinion piece, “Information Operations: An Understudied Facet of Russian Influence in Africa,” published on the website Foreign Policy News. The coauthors discuss Russian disinformation campaigns being spread via mass media and social media in Africa. These campaigns criticize U.S. and French security assistance efforts and praise Russia’s ability to serve as a mediator and counter-terrorism partner, thereby undermining U.S. influence with allies and partners in Africa.

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