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Russia’s Weaponization of Racism

MALD candidate Ben Sohl writes about Russia and the evolving nature of foreign policy, in an op-ed for Inkstick Media.

In 2018 Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, wrote an important op-ed announcing “Racism is a national security issue.” Amplifying her message, Senator Kamala Harris explained “Russia was able to influence our election because they figured out that racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and transphobia are America’s Achilles heel.” Russia was equipped to take advantage of these vulnerabilities because it has developed a national security toolkit that weaponizes racism and ethnic nationalism — along with sexism and anti-LGBTQ+ prejudice — to serve policy goals. In fact, promoting racism lies at the center of Russia’s strategy to undermine liberal democracy and strengthen authoritarianism.

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