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Spin dictators, information wars, and the conflict in Ukraine

In recent decades, a new breed of media-savvy strongmen has been redesigning authoritarian rule for a more sophisticated, globally connected world. What do we know about these "Spin Dictators"?

Sergei Guriev, Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at Sciences Po, and Maiting Zhuang, Assistant Professor at the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics, discuss the new breed of autocrats who manipulate media, strategies used by "Spin Dictators", the new threats they pose, and how democracies should respond.

About Sergei Guriev

Sergei Guriev is a Russian economist and Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics at Sciences Po. From 2016–to 2019, he was the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Prior to that, he was a Morgan Stanley Professor of Economics and Rector of the New Economic School (NES) in Moscow.

Sergei Guriev has been an outspoken critic of the Russia-Ukraine war and co-founded the organisation True Russia (learn more) which collects donations for Ukrainian refugees.

Read the latest FREE policy brief by Sergei Guriev

Sergei Guriev and Daniel Treisman: "Spin Dictators: The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century" (Buy the book here)

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