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?
Owen Coté is Associate Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Editor of the journal International Security. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT in 1996. His dissertation, which he is revising for publication, analyzed the sources of innovative military doctrine. In addition, he has written on post–Cold War naval and nuclear weapons issues in the United States and the Soviet Union.Last Updated: Jan 10, 2017, 5:05pm