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?
Dr. Ashton B. Carter is former director of the Belfer Center's Preventive Defense Project and former director of what is now the Belfer Center. He is on leave.
In 2015, Ashton Carter was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, as Secretary of Defense of the United States.Last Updated: Jan 20, 2017, 11:11am