Pan-Slavic Agents of Influence Operate to Affect American Public Opinion

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Pan-Slavic Agents of Influence Operate to Affect American Public Opinion

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This report covers how American public opinion can be affected by outside influences.

Inside you will find:  in-depth vignettes, methods of message delivery, the role of social media, and more.

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Known Agents of Influence operate within the United States to affect American public opinion, and thereby official policy, with regard to the political and military activities of Russia and pro-Russian states and organizations.  The message payloads  are delivered via a network of semi-legitimate Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), foreign-funded media outlets, and policy advisory think tanks within the United States.  The Agents’ positions within such foreign-funded NGOs provide an appearance of credibility when presenting their messages to the U.S. public and policy makers.  When speaking to foreign media outlets abroad, they use their proximity to policy makers as credentials to imply that they speak from official positions in the U.S. government.  The message payloads exploit anti-government, anti-NATO, and anti-Islamic sentiment within some segments of the U.S. audience by drawing parallels between these and policies that favor pan-Slavism.  The immediate impact of these messages, which are aimed at injecting confusion into public discourse on Russian and pro-Russian activities, is to slow consensus building within the US on policy opposed to those activities.  The long-term impact will be a decided shift among some small segments of the U.S. public to a pro-Russian position, supporting pan-Slavism as a vehicle to promote their own political ideologies.