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January 3, 2023

China
China’s Global Influence Campaign, With Joshua Kurlantzick

Joshua Kurlantzick, a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council, sits down with James M. Lindsay to discuss how China uses its media power to influence the domestic politics of countries around…

Podcast Illustration picture of newspaper reports on China's new Politburo Standing Committee

July 13, 2021

Nigeria
T.B. Joshua: A Preacher Who Held Outsized Influence in Nigeria and Africa

Policy makers, diplomats, and commentators in the secular West often fail to take into account the profound influence of religious leaders in sub-Saharan Africa, whether among Christians, Muslims, or adherents of traditional religions. Heaven, hell, and what secularists regard as magic are literal realities, more immediate than government policy or the pronouncements of political leaders. What the preacher says is more credible than the utterances of politicians.

T.B. Joshua, a now-deceased Nigerian pastor, holds his hand on a woman's face. The woman holds her hands raised with her palms upward.

December 8, 2022

China
CFR Fellows' Book Launch Series: Beijing's Global Media Offensive by Joshua Kurlantzick

Since China’s ascendancy toward great power status began in the 1990s, many observers have focused on its economic growth and expanding military power. In contrast, most viewed China’s ability to pro…

Play Chinese soldier stands in front of the gates to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China

December 14, 2016

Sub-Saharan Africa
The Prophecy of Nigeria’s TB Joshua

Nigerians like to say that they are the happiest people in the world and the most religious. Public events commonly open and close with prayer. Causation of events, big or small is routinely ascribed…

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December 1, 2022

China
China Is Wielding Growing Influence Inside Other Countries, Argues Joshua Kurlantzick in New Book

Motivated by its growing power, increasingly authoritarian domestic politics, and an ever more assertive foreign policy, China, for the first time in decades, “has dramatically increased its efforts …