Podcast: EP #3 Taiwanese Elections. Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group

The Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group’s (UCMC) analysts convene to delve into the realms of Russian disinformation, propaganda, and the influence of hybrid warfare in 2024. In these succinct podcast episodes, the team explores recent observations and analyses, sharing expert opinions and conclusions on the prevailing challenges within the information sphere today.

In #EP 3, we discuss HWAG’s recent article: Taiwan: How an Island Democracy Resists the Propaganda Onslaught of Beijing and Moscow, in which the team analyzes:

  • How the results of Taiwan’s election may affect the island’s democratic information resistance
  • How China’s propaganda methods are evolving
  • Why the Kremlin is seeking justifications for its own aggressive rhetoric towards Taiwan

Questions covered:

  • Why Taiwanese elections became a mirror of Chinese disinformation activities against island democracy?
  • In what ways Russia was involved in the attack on Taiwan’s elections?
  • What were the primary objectives of the Kremlin’s propaganda?
  • How does Russia attempt to incorporate Putin’s pseudo-ideological justification for the war in Ukraine into the Taiwanese context, drawing parallels between “de-Chinaization” and “Taiwanization” with alleged “de-Russification” in Ukraine and former Soviet republics?
  • Do China and Russia’s propaganda practices in Taiwan mirror each other, especially in terms of information dissemination, and how do they compare to the Kremlin’s hybrid information warfare against Ukraine over the past decade?
  • How can Ukraine potentially learn from Taiwan’s experience in countering external information influence and propaganda, especially in dealing with the similarities observed in Russia’s tactics in both regions? OR is it Taiwan learning from Ukraine?