Is Russia Undermining Democracy in the West?

Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:00am - 5:00pm
University of Pennsylvania - Center for Political Science and Economics 133 S 36th Street Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, Room 250
Philadelpha, PA 19104
United States


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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