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Thu, Sep 12, 2019

Russia’s intervention in Venezuela: What’s at stake?

Venezuela is suffering one of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis in recent memory, Russia has become a key actor that has provided a lifeline of support to Maduro and his cronies. Today, Russia’s efforts to prop up Nicolás Maduro have been a relatively low-cost, but high reward strategy for Moscow to sow further instability in the United States’ own hemisphere.

Report by John E. Herbst and Jason Marczak

Democratic Transitions Economic Sanctions

Thu, Jun 20, 2019

The “#Macron leaks” operation: a post-mortem

In the long list of electoral interference attempts in recent years, one case stands out: the 2017 French presidential election–because it failed. Its failure lies in the fact that the result of the election did not coincide with the aim of the attackers. This new report, “The #Macron Leaks Operation,” by Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer analyzes […]

Report by Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Thu, Jun 13, 2019

Democratic defense against disinformation 2.0

Foreign interference in democratic elections has put disinformation at the forefront of policy in Europe and the United States. The second edition of Democratic Defense Against Disinformation takes stock of how governments, multinational institutions, civil-society groups, and the private sector have responded to the disinformation challenge. As democracies have responded, our adversaries have adapted and […]

Report by Alina Polyakova and Daniel Fried

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Wed, May 15, 2019

Foreign interference in Ukraine’s election

Ukraine conducted its presidential election in accordance with democratic standards, despite clear evidence of Russian interference. The interference, however, was not extensive enough to affect the election’s outcome or the actual voting process.

Report by Ukraine Election Task Force

Cybersecurity Disinformation

Mon, Apr 22, 2019

US international broadcasting: recommendations from the Eurasian experience

Russian information operations are carefully curated for each country that Moscow targets. For their own citizens, Russian media describe their country as all-powerful, yet the victim of constant plots and slander. Moldovans are told a predatory European Union (EU) is impoverishing the country and tearing it from Moscow’s benevolent orbit. The message to Ukrainians is […]

Report by Thomas Kent

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Tue, Apr 2, 2019

Dealing with the offshore economy

The West, with its rule of law and creation of the Western-governed offshore economy, has given corrupt elites in developing countries the tools and capacity to avoid ever establishing the rule of law in their own countries.

Report by Alan Riley

Corruption European Union

Thu, Feb 21, 2019

The Putin exodus: The new Russian brain drain

Human capital is fleeing Russia. Since President Vladimir Putin’s ascent to the presidency, between 1.6 and 2 million Russians – out of a total population of 145 million – have left for Western democracies.

Report by John E. Herbst, Sergei Erofeev

Corruption Germany

Tue, Dec 4, 2018

The Kremlin’s Trojan Horses 3.0

As is now known, the Kremlin’s tentacles do not stop in Ukraine, Georgia, or East Central Europe. They reach far and deep in the core of western societies. Acknowledging the ongoing threat is the first step to countering its effects and building long-term resilience.

Report by Atlantic Council

Corruption Cybersecurity

Wed, Nov 21, 2018

Beyond borderlands: ensuring the sovereignty of all nations of Eastern Europe

Territories between great powers—borderlands—have always been areas of strife. So it is with the countries caught between Russia and the West, those that were once part of the Soviet Union or firmly within its sphere of influence.

Report by John Herbst

Corruption Democratic Transitions

Thu, Nov 15, 2018

Ukrainian Election Task Force—exposing foreign interference in Ukraine’s election

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s persistent efforts to influence the domestic politics of his neighbors and countries well beyond Russia’s borders have posed enormous challenges in Europe and across the Atlantic. More than any other country, Ukraine has been the unwanted recipient of Moscow’s attention, particularly during the past five years. The Kremlin has sought to […]

Issue Brief by Ukrainian Election Task Force

Conflict Cybersecurity