The Global Influence Operation Report
The Global Influence Operation Report (GIOR) was created in order to monitor the activities of various influence operations around the world. Each day, a large variety of news and other sources are sifted in order to identify the most relevant developments and which are presented in the form of postings referencing the original source material along with additional commentary and/or historical background. The GIOR represents neither a political nor a religious point of view and seeks only to present the best available and reliable information on the threat posed to Western democracies by the growing networks of global influence operations.
The Senior Editor
GIOR Senior Editor Steven Merley is an investigator and intelligence specialist who since 1992 has specialized in the investigation of political extremism, beginning with the investigation of hate crimes and rightwing extremist groups in the United States. His work as an Investigative Researcher with the Wall Street Journal was used in a series of five articles on the European Muslim Brotherhood which appeared in the Journal during 2004. Mr. Merley is a former Senior Analyst with the NEFA Foundation, an anti-terrorism think tank as well as a Chief Analyst for Kronos Advisory, founded by Major Gen James E. Livingston, USMC (Ret), a recipient of America’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor. Other clients for his work have included NGOs, US think-tanks, and documentary filmmakers and he has authored numerous investigative reports on the Global Muslim Brotherhood. Mr. Merley has given presentations at Harvard and at McGill University in Canada and spoken at events sponsored by the US State Department and privately for Congressional staffers and US government counter-terrorism specialists. He has also spoken multiple times at the European Parliament and the UK Parliament and his June 2013 seminar at the British Parliament was the subject of a UK magazine article written by the renowned British journalist John Ware. Mr. Merley has recently expanded his work to include the entire gamut of global influence operations.