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America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference

David ShimerKnopf • 2020

Russian and American Election Meddling

by David Meyer

Reporter and international relations scholar David Shimer presents a detailed history of Russia and America trying to influence elections.

David Shimer – a New York Times, New Yorker and Foreign Affairs reporter and global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars – amply demonstrates his reportorial skills and understanding of international politics in this overview of how Russia and the United States have each meddled in democratic elections over the past century.

By early 2016, he reveals, the United States knew that Russia planned to interfere with the US election, but it failed to anticipate Russia meddling with people’s minds on social media. Russia’s objectives were traditional: to help a preferred candidate and promote discord. But, Shimer argues, the digital age gave Russia new and powerful tools. This detailed history provides a useful reminder of the need for democracies to protect the integrity of their elections.

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