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Making the Most of It, Part II: Xi Jinping Leverages Coronavirus ‘War Without Smoke’ to Spur Digital Transformation, Test National Defense Mobilization

By |2020-04-27T09:07:43-10:00April 27th, 2020|

In this paper, Dr. Dorman states that “Despite being tied to the pandemic or “economic restart,” current Chinese domestic propaganda efforts on topics ranging from “crisis management” to “digital transformation” and “defense mobilization” did not originate with the coronavirus. Instead, each represents an agile repackaging of Communist Party guidance and propaganda messaging that was already months or years old. Facing a crisis of confidence following its muddled response to the coronavirus outbreak, domestic propaganda efforts were initiated within days or weeks to remold the Party image. Instead of starting from scratch, existing campaigns were repackaged to highlight a Party that [...]

Sending the COVID-19 Immune to Work to Prevent Economic Catastrophe

By |2020-04-22T15:34:50-10:00April 16th, 2020|

Widespread introduction of commercial and societal lockdown practices is helping to flatten the curve of new coronavirus cases, while simultaneously inflicting great harm on our economy and individual finances. The global pandemic continues to spread worldwide, yet business leaders are already exerting pressure on political leaders to adapt protection measures to better protect commercial interests. Crises differ significantly in their duration, but our experience tells us they are always temporary, exceptional, and unusual. Our leaders must be prepared to effectively manage the difficult task of transitioning their communities and their nations out of the crisis and into recovery with the [...]

China’s Global Covid-19 Assistance is Humanitarian and Geopolitical. That’s Why People are Worried.

By |2020-04-14T11:40:26-10:00April 14th, 2020|

The main thrust of the Chinese Communist Party’s domestic propaganda work since late January has focused on masking the early role of the Party in stifling public health transparency and creating the pandemic crisis. The primary propaganda message, widely disseminated in domestic state-run media, highlighted the “political and organizational advantage” of the Communist Party in tackling the health emergency once the decision to contain the crisis was made in Beijing. View/Download Document

Perceptions of Indigenous Security Practitioners on China’s Geostrategic Activities in the Pacific

By |2020-04-10T10:53:24-10:00April 10th, 2020|

Key points Pacific Islands are struggling to rationally position themselves on a red line between the US and China, but the line is developing an edge. There is a dire need for the reinforcement of security infrastructure throughout the Pacific Pacific Islands must be proactive in preserving national sovereignty, ensuring that their international relations are only in their best interests, and protecting their limited resources View/Download Document

Making the Most of It: China’s Military Wins the COVID-19 Fight in Wuhan

By |2020-04-06T11:01:33-10:00April 6th, 2020|

The heroic role of Chinese soldiers working inside Wuhan city during the height of the COVID-19 epidemic deserves the admiration of the Chinese people and the respect of persons outside China. Their risks and sacrifices have been well documented in Chinese media. Over past months, one could not turn the pages of a major Chinese publication without stories, photographs, videos and even cartoons detailing their important role in saving lives.1 This is the story the Chinese Communist Party wants all people, inside and outside China, to understand. If this was all there was to say, we could also be talking about [...]

The Value of Thought Leadership in a World in Crisis

By |2020-04-03T15:28:34-10:00April 3rd, 2020|

Security professionals find themselves in increasingly more complex decision-making environments in which trust is more difficult to establish and maintain, and in which people demand higher quality and performance. Having the type of guidance provided by thought leaders is essential for them to get ahead of challenges, to achieve a competitive advantage, and to be more relevant to the real-world. View/Download Document

Definitions in crisis management and crisis leadership

By |2020-04-02T11:21:07-10:00January 24th, 2020|

Key Points The term “leader” or “leadership” have taken on many symbols and definitions throughout history. Several descriptions of what makes for effective leadership have gained more favor than others. Among the more widely accepted factors are traits, behavior, information processing, relationships and follower perceptions (Kets de Vries, 2004). In this paper, we examine two types of organizations; those in normal-mode that predominantly pursue a linear path, and those in crisis-ready-mode that experience a greater degree of non-linear events. View/Download Document