Posts by Theodore Gerber

Теодор Гербер 09-05-2019
(Monkey Cage) (Co-authored with Hannah S. Chapman) Considering the Russian government’s disinformation efforts to polarize American voters during the 2016 presidential election, the United States and major corporations have been working to prevent the Kremlin from influencing the 2020 election via social media. But powerful governments use mass media to try to sway opinions not just through social media, but also in many different ways around the globe....
Теодор Гербер 07-17-2019
(ISQ) (By Hannah Chapman and Theodore Gerber) Abstract: Powerful countries use foreign media broadcasts to enhance their soft power, yet there is scant empirical evidence as to whether such efforts actually sway public opinion abroad. Moreover, researchers have not specified conditions that may shape variations in the influence of foreign broadcasts and internet. We propose a theory that predicts, respectively, opinion-formation and issue-framing effects...
Теодор Гербер 09-19-2016
(Washington Post) (Co-authored with Jane R. Zavisca) On Sept. 5, Russia’s Justice Ministry declared the country’s leading independent polling organization, the Levada Analytical Center, to be a “foreign agent.” The designation applies to nongovernmental organizations that take part in “political activities” and receive foreign funding. The “foreign agent” label saddles its recipients with burdensome monitoring and reporting requirements. But it’s...
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Теодор Гербер 08-25-2016
(Foreign Affairs) (Co-authored with Beth Mitchneck and Jane Zavisca) In recent years, international headlines have featured stories and images of the ongoing refugee crisis in the Middle East and its effects in western Europe. Few are aware, however, that the fourth-largest source of internal refugees in 2015 was within Europe itself. Ukraine now keeps company with Iraq, Syria, and Yemen as one of the world’s leading producers of internal refugees....
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Теодор Гербер 08-15-2016
(Washington Quarterly) (Co-authored with Jane Zavisca) Since the onset of the Ukraine crisis, the Russian government has stepped up its propaganda demonizing the Euro-Atlantic alliance and challenging its key goals. But is it effective? A new survey conducted by the authors in four countries shows it is a force to be reckoned with, but has achieved mixed results, even in Russia itself. Read More © The Washington Quarterly
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Теодор Гербер 01-19-2016
(oD) Since 2000, President Vladimir Putin’s regime has rolled back many of the civic freedoms Russians received in the 1990s after seven decades of Communist rule. The government has intimidated and demonized dissenters, and brought most of press under its control. The authorities have relentlessly pressured activists and NGOs that promote human rights, using both legislative and extra-legal measures. After years of harassing these organizations with...
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Теодор Гербер 08-17-2015
По заказу Министерства обороны США было проведено социологическое исследование, чтобы выяснить отношение населения Азербайджана к США. Результаты исследования показали, что США потеряли былую репутацию в Азербайджане, пишет журнал Newsweek. Исследование проводили профессор социологии университета Висконсина, руководитель Центра изучения России, Центральной Азии и Восточной Европы Теодор Гербер и профессор университета Аризоны ...
Теодор Гербер 08-14-2015
Current tensions between the United States and Russia over Ukraine and other issues have prompted discussions in the media and in policymaking circles about the state of expertise on Russia in the United States. Some observers argue that since the collapse of the Soviet Union the quantity and quality of Russia-related research and graduate training at US-based universities have declined and also that American perceptions of Russia remain stuck in a Cold...
Теодор Гербер 08-04-2015
(Newsweek) (Co-author: J. Zavisca) The United States has a major public relations problem in former Soviet countries. Not only in Russia, but in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan and even Ukraine, ordinary people see the U.S. as an arrogant, hegemonic superpower that meddles in the affairs of other countries in a cynical pursuit of its own interests—perceptions that dovetail with the Russian government’s official critiques of the United States, which may explain the...
Теодор Гербер 06-03-2015
(Wilson Quarterly) (Co-authored with Jane Zavisca) The United States has a major public relations problem in former Soviet countries. Not only in Russia, but in Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, and even Ukraine, ordinary people see the U.S. as an arrogant, hegemonic superpower that meddles in the affairs of other countries in a cynical pursuit of its own interests — perceptions that dovetail with the Russian government’s official critiques of the United States,...

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