Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Is Russia Undermining Democracy in the West?

About the Event

Amid new revelations of the extent of Russian interference in American elections, how should we appraise Russia’s role in undermining democracy not just in America, but throughout the West – and are there perils in exaggerating its successes?


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM Registration and Coffee

9:30 AM - 11:30 AM Is Russia Undermining Democracy in the West?
Michael Carpenter, Penn Biden Center
Samuel Charap, RAND Corporation
Nikolas Gvosdev, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Marlene LaRuelle, George Washington University
Moderator: Mitchell Orenstein
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch Break
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Have Elections Become Cyberwars?
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Penn
Clint watts, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Moderator: John Haines, Foreign Policy Research Institute
2:00 - 2:30 Coffee Break
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Is Russia’s Strategy Working or Backfiring?
Bob Hamilton, US Army War College
Alina Polyakova, Brookings Institution
Rudra Sil, Penn
Moderator: Anna Mikulska, Penn
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM Concluding Remarks
Adrian Basora, Foreign Policy Research Institute
Claire Finkelstein, Penn
Mitchel Orenstein, Penn


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Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Nikolas K. Gvosdev - Nikolas Gvosdev is the Director of the National Security Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) and Editor of Orbis: FPRI's Journal of World Affairs.

Mitchell Orenstein

Mitchell Orenstein - Mitchell Orenstein is a Senior Fellow at FPRI’s Eurasia Program and Professor and Chair of Russian and Eastern European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Clint Watts

Clint Watts - Clint Watts is the author of Messing with The Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians and Fake News. He served as a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

John R. Haines

John R. Haines - John R. Haines is the co-chair of the Eurasia Program, Executive Director of the Princeton Committee, and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Robert E. Hamilton

Robert E. Hamilton - Colonel (Retired) Robert E. Hamilton, Ph.D., is the Head of Research at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Eurasia Program and an Associate Professor of Eurasian Studies at the U.S. Army War College.

Alina Polyakova

Alina Polyakova - Alina Polyakova is the David M. Rubenstein Fellow in The Brookings Institution's Center on the United States and Europe and adjunct professor of European studies at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Anna Mikulska

Anna Mikulska - Anna Mikulska, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and nonresident fellow in energy studies at the Baker Institute. Contact:

Adrian A. Basora

Adrian A. Basora - Ambassador Adrian A. Basora is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and director of its Eurasia Program. Previously Amb. Basora was the Director of FPRI’s Project on Democratic Transitions.

Claire Finkelstein

Claire Finkelstein - Claire Finkelstein is a Senior Fellow of FPRI and the Algernon Biddle Professor of Law, Professor of Philosophy, and Director of the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania.