Foreign Policy Research Institute A Nation Must Think Before it Acts Foreign Influence Election 2020

Foreign Influence Election 2020

| National Security Program

About the Event

With the 2020 election just days away, the Foreign Influence Election 2020 project is reaching its culmination. Over the past 16 months FPRI’s Foreign Inf luence Election 2020 project has been watching and analyzing foreign interference in the U.S. election. Russia, Iran and China has all messaged overtly about the election and demonstrated their preferences for the outcome.  Russia in particular has replayed its playbook of 2016 for 2020, but the media environment has changed and the players have evolved.  

Above all, America in the time of COVID-19 and protests has a new worry headed into election day: mobilizations to polling places in response to domestic disinformation. This session will conclude with a forecast for what we Americans should look for on election night and through to 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 and the implications for the upcoming election.  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. FPRI President Rollie Flynn will moderate this important and timely discussion as the United States prepares to elect its leader.


This event is exclusively for FPRI partners and board members.


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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.

Carol Rollie Flynn

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