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Why Do Foreign Actors Want to Erode U.S. Democracy?

In 2016, 2018, and 2020, America’s foreign adversaries, such as Russia and Iran, attempted to influence the U.S. elections. Just last month, FBI officials warned of potential interference from Russia and China in the upcoming midterms, providing a timely reminder that what happens in the elections doesn’t just matter here in the United States.

The Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund (ASD at GMF), the McCain Institute and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations hosted an event on how and why foreign adversaries seek to impact our elections at the national and local levels.

Arizona is not only a battleground state for domestic politics but it will also attract attention around the world. On Tuesday, Oct. 18, an expert panel discussed how the United States and Arizona can protect themselves from foreign efforts to undermine democracy.

Watch the conversation here:

Why Do Foreign Actors Want to Erode U.S. Democracy

 Bill Gates
Chairman, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Tim Roemer
Director, Arizona Department of Homeland Security and Arizona Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Laura Thornton
Director, Alliance for Securing Democracy at GMF

Paul Fagan
Director, Human Rights & Democracy, McCain Institute


This event is part of the Knight Foundation-funded Defending American Democracy Series: Dialogues on the Future of U.S. Democracy.

Oct 18, 2022
8:00pm ET