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Croft Institute for International Studies
This thesis seeks to analyze the transformation of Russian active measures in targeted national elections since the Soviet era. Through a historical analysis of research on active measures and contextual analysis of active measures campaigns themselves, this thesis finds that Russian active measures techniques have not drastically changed since the Soviet era. Instead, as a result of technology, Russian active measures have utilized platforms of social media to become more targeted, continuous, and convert. Therefore, Russian active measures campaigns have been better able to successfully target specific audiences, arguably making these campaigns more effective.
Myers, Olivia, "A Historical and Contextual Analysis of Soviet and Russian "Active Measures": How Russian Political Warfare Efforts in Foreign Presidential Elections Have Transformed in the Information Age" (2021). Honors Theses. 1694.
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