How Stalin and his successors maintained an iron grip on power.
Islamic State propaganda lures both friends and foes into disproportionately focusing on the group’s strengths and overlooking its weakness.
Islamic State uses propaganda to coax its enemies into misguided politico-military and strategic communications efforts.
Confucius Institutes offer China a chance to teach people around the world about the country’s language and culture.
China's Confucius Institutes given foreigners a chance to learn more about the country. Africa must be careful that its universities' partnerships with Confucius Institutes don't create dependency.
Talk of a 'clash of civilisations' and targeting refugees simply alienates the people the West needs to reach out to.
Blocking IS one click at a time?
Anonymous strives to bring down IS propaganda before it reaches the masses.
Anonymous wants to make sure militant Islamist propaganda video, like this being filmed in Syria, doesn’t make it online.
ISIS uses the internet, especially social media, to propagandize and recruit. Members of hacker group Anonymous have turned their sights on these accounts.
A racially segregated train station entrance during apartheid.
The infamous Muldergate scandal of the 1970s was the exemplar case of apartheid’s "unorthodox diplomacy" of buying influence around the world.
Pre-war life in Brussels.
The execution of austere British nurse Edith Cavell in World War I inspired music, art, poetry, propaganda - but no weeping.
James Franco as Alien, gangsta and gangsta rapper, from Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers (2012)
There is a muscular, tattooed man holding a machine gun. He is in front of an expensive sports car, with gold chains around his neck and what looks like a Rolex on his wrist. The man is standing proudly…
A masked man gestures before the ISIL flag in a video released by Islamic State militants.
Militants are tapping into centuries-old literary tastes, appropriating them for their own nefarious ends.
Terrorism has moved online, and policing must follow.
ISIS by GongTo\Shutterstock.com
Tackling extremist and terrorist propaganda online is vital, but must be done with safeguards in mind.
Learn from the master.
Russian readers are unlikely to believe a narrative that is paid for by Western governments.
Epic story of courage? Or dangerous shambles?
Imperial War Museum
For most British people the Dunkirk evacuation between May 26 and June 4 1940 was the most significant early event of World War II. And in the 75 years since those momentous events it has come to occupy…
The tragedy at sea captured by a London Illustrated News artist
The torpedoing of the passenger liner in 1915 was abhorrent but the story behind the story reveals one of the first effective government propaganda campaigns
Islamic State recruitment.
Karl-Ludwig Poggemann / flickr
Islamic State's corporate branding is drawing droves of young people to fight its cause. It's enough to make any ad agency envious.
Melbourne teenager Jake Bilardi was troubled and thus susceptible to Islamic State propaganda well before he joined them and died as a suicide bomber.
The instinctive response to Islamic State propaganda is to counter it with more propaganda. But my analysis shows that's not working. We should not play their game on their field with their ball.
‘A dramatised event is no replacement for the horrors of what is really going on.’
AAP Image/NewZulu/Nicolas Koutsokostas
The government has announced its latest method to stop the boats: a telemovie with storylines about asylum seekers dying at sea. Is it really the role of government to fund propaganda pieces like this?
Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro at the VII Summit of the Americas.
Anti-American rhetoric, however alluring to Latin American governments, should be avoided by apolitical PR professionals.
Vladimir Putin appears on the Kremlin-backed news network Russia Today. The multi-platform channel has already garnered more than 2 billion views on YouTube, making it the most-watched news network on the video-sharing website.
The airwaves arms race is on, and the Kremlin has taken a page from the playbook of its Cold War nemesis.
John Cantlie has been producing video content and aricles under duress.
Futurenet1977 - Photograph taken by a friend Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons
On February 9, Islamic State propagandists uploaded the latest video to feature captured British journalist John Cantlie. In the film, From inside Halab (Aleppo), an expectedly unkempt and slightly dishevelled…