Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
Daniel Lansberg-Rodriguez, HKS alumnus (MPP 2009) and member of the US Institute for Peace's Comparative Constitution Project, outlines common strategies used in dissident suppression, drawing upon case studies from around the world as well as his own experiences in the Venezuelan opposition and those of fellow HKS alumni Bakhtiyar Hajiyev MPP 2009 (currently in prison in Azerbaijan) and Leopoldo Lopez MPP 1996 (currently banned from elected office in Venezuela).
Moderated by Hugh O’Doherty, adjunct lecturer in public policy, Harvard Kennedy School
Co-sponsored by the HKS Venezuelan Caucus, Center for Public Leadership, Center for International Development, Middle East Initiative, and Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe