States have long tried to influence one another, at times through subversive means. Today, reports of hacking and leaking, “fake news,“ rumors of foreign funding to extremist parties, and other similar tactics have caused alarm in Western democracies.
To gain a better understanding of subversive influencing tools and the challenges they pose to democracies today, Laura Daniels, German Chancellor Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, will analyze Soviet active measures during the Cold War in France and Germany and compare these with the methods currently in play. She will share findings from her research on how these methods have evolved over time and what lessons can be learned from past efforts to shield democracies from hostile outside interference.
Laura Daniels conducted research in Paris at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) during the French elections this spring and has been based at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) this year through the recent German elections.
This event is free and open to the public.