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

FIE 2020 examines how Russian state media discusses the women running in 2020.

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This FIE 2020 article examines how the Russian media covered President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and how articles on this topic differed from past coverage.

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This article examines how disinformation trends in the U.K. relate to U.S. efforts to combat disinformation ahead of the 2020 election.

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FIE 2020 discusses mentions, themes and narratives throughout state-sponsored Russian and Iranian coverage of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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FIE 2020 covers Iran’s PressTV and its coverage of former National Security Advisor John Bolton.

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FIE 2020 examines media coverage by RT and Sputnik News of the 2020 Iowa caucuses.

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In this analysis, FIE 2020 examines the similarities in Russian and Iranian state-sponsored content, including the motivations behind such similarities.

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The FIE 2020 Project examines Iranian state-sponsored media mentions of the 2020 presidential candidates and the narratives that surround coverage of the U.S. election published on Iran’s PressTV.

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FIE 2020 examines Kremlin-sponsored outlets’ takes on the assertions of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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FIE 2020 discusses Sputnik News’s approaches to impeachment coverage.

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To date, the team has analyzed 2,572 stories and 4,591 mentions published by RT and Sputnik. Here are some of the highlights since our previous analyses of Russian state-sponsored media on November 10 and November 25.

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Russia’s strategic calculus for hacking Election 2020 involves several factors. FPRI’s Foreign Influence Election 2020 Project discusses the considerations Russia will face in deciding whether to hack or not to hack during the 2020 election cycle.

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Last week, FPRI’s Foreign Influence Election 2020 (FIE 2020) Project published its first analysis of Russia’s media mentions of the 2020 Democratic candidates. The FIE 2020 database now includes updates since its first analysis, bringing the total number of articles analyzed to 1,887 since January 1, 2019. This week, FIE 2020 presents an analysis of the Russian media mentions of the GOP candidates for the 2020 election.

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The 1,203 mentions of Democratic candidates quickly illustrated the Kremlin’s preferences amongst the Democratic field and, in particular, who they likely don’t want to see inaugurated in January 2021. Here are some highlights from this first round of analysis regarding the Democratic candidates:

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The project seeks to protect the 2020 U.S. presidential election from foreign interference by filling gaps in data, knowledge and understanding of how foreign powers seek to degrade American institutions, elected officials, and presidential candidates.

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