To promote interests such as ideological and economical, individuals, organizations, companies or governments recruit individuals or groups which exert influence in the target society.
Throughout the cold-war period the former Soviet Union and the USA were continuously recruiting existing or potential agents of influence from the other country's influential establishments such as media, civil and military institutions and the intellectual and political elite. These agents of influence were usually bribed, paid or converted to promote the interests of the "enemy" country. Agents of influence may also be recruited for industrial espionage at company or national level. Regardless of type, agents of influence may be employed against foe as well as friend.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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