election interference

August 7, 2017

Mark Dillen examines President Trump's confusing communications regarding Russia and Ukraine.

Saint Basil Cathedral at Night
July 21, 2017

Mark Dillen explores the Trump administration's response to Russia's current disinformation campaign.

While the days of its worst behavior are long behind it, the United States does have a well-documented history of interfering and sometimes interrupting the workings of democracies elsewhere. It has occupied and intervened militarily in a whole swath of countries in the Caribbean and Latin America and fomented coups against democratically elected populists.

An FBI probe will tell us more about the current email intrusion, although it will take time before we know exactly who (and if Russia) is potentially behind hacking into the DNC's network. But one thing is certain: The Russians have been perfecting the art of manipulating information in recent years to sway public opinion within Russia and around the world in the hopes of building up the stature of Russian President Vladimir Putin.