Meddling in the Ballot Box

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual Event
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Event contact: cgey [at], 510-642-1106

Access Coordinator: Claudia Gey, cgey [at],  510-642-1106

Speaker: author Dov H. Levin, University of Hong Kong

Why do foreign powers sometimes try to determine who wins an election in another country? What effects does such meddling have on the targeted elections results? Foreign powers have tried for centuries to intervene in elections occurring in other states through various covert and overt methods with the Russian intervention in the 2016 U.S. elections being just one recent example. Indeed, there has been such an American or Soviet/Russian intervention in one of every nine national-level executive elections between 1946 and 2000.

This book talk will focus on the first academic monograph to focus exclusively on this type of foreign meddling, which attempts to provide answers to both questions using a mixture of statistical and historical analysis. It also analyzes the case of the Russian intervention in the 2016 US elections and discusses the possible cyber-future of such meddling.

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Co-sponsors: Institute of International Studies, Institute of Governmental Studies