Election Day 2020: An FIE 2020 Update

About the Event

With Election Day 2020 now behind us, FPRI is pleased to present this special FPRI-only briefing on the the Foreign Influence Election 2020 Project. Lead researchers Clint Watts and Rachel Chernaskey will update us on the tracking of foreign entities (mostly Russia so far, but also China and Iran), how they have amplified domestic narratives, and how they have encouraged mobilization to polling places and DC.

Over the past 16 months FPRI’s FIE 2020 Project has been watching and analyzing foreign interference in the U.S. election from Russia, Iran and China. But America in the time of COVID-19 and protests has also seen a new worry headed into election day: mobilizations to polling places in response to domestic disinformation. This session will update us on what we saw in the lead up to and on Election Day and offer a forecast for what we Americans should look for from now through inauguration day.

FPRI Senior Fellow Clint Watts launched the FIE 2020 project to study the influence of foreign actors (namely, Russia, China, and Iran) in the 2020 election.  A Distinguished Research Fellow at FPRI and a national security analyst for NBC, Watts will discuss the results of the FIE 2020 Project, the state of domestic disinformation campaigns, and more.  Watts is also the author of Messing with the Enemy: Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News, the story of his cutting edge research on the online behavior of various actors from jihadis to Russian trolls. He will be joined by Rachel Chernaskey, the FIE 2020 Project Manager and FPRI President Rollie Flynn, who will moderate this important and timely discussion.


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Clint Watts

Clint Watts - Clint Watts is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Rachel Chernaskey

Rachel Chernaskey - Rachel Chernaskey served as the Project Manager for the Foreign Influence Election 2020 Project at the Foreign Policy Research Institute

Carol Rollie Flynn

Carol Rollie Flynn - Carol Rollie Flynn is the President of the Foreign Policy Research Institute.