• Resident Fellow, China

Kenton Thibaut

Kenton Thibaut is the resident china fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab based in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining DFRLab, Thibaut served as an associate at GreenPoint Group, a boutique strategic advisory firm in Washington, DC, where she conducted analysis in Chinese and English on the implications of Chinese policies on client interests vis-à-vis US-China commercial and foreign relations. She possesses professional fluency in Mandarin and extensive in-country China experience, as well as a strong research background supported by various fellowships, including a Fulbright Fellowship, Blakemore Freeman Fellowship, and Boren National Security Fellowship.

Thibaut holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in international economics and China studies. She is also a PhD candidate at Georgetown University, where she focuses on China’s role in the global information environment and implications for authoritarian learning and resilience. Thibaut was also recently named as a 2021 security fellow at the Truman National Security Project.

March 2023

How pro-Russia and pro-China influencers cross-promote state narratives

by Kenton Thibaut

Influencers critical of the West have formed a mutually beneficial community on Twitter, amplifying Russian and Chinese state narratives on a range of issues
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November 2022

China spearheads social media campaign to attack civil society in Zimbabwe

by Kenton Thibaut

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party targets opposition figures with Chinese government assistance.
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October 2022

Chinese state media, content farms spread anti-UK narratives to halt Hong Kong emigration

by Kenton Thibaut

Narratives amplified UK’s COVID challenges and presented its Hong Kong visa program as a scam.
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