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News / August 13, 2021

Under Attack: Malign Influence & Disinformation


Democracy! The Podcast is brought to you by the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS) with support from the United States Agency for International Development through the Global Elections and Political Transitions Award.   

While the explosive growth of digital and social media has increased universal access to information over the past several years, nations with nefarious intent, including Russia and China, can now sow seeds of chaos and confusion more easily than ever.

In this episode of Democracy! The Podcast, we’ll focus on the threat malign influence and disinformation present to stable societies and democracies everywhere.  

We’ll start in the ancient land of Armenia where twin crises collided last year, ushering in never before seen levels of nefarious interference.  

Then we’ll take a brief look at Ukraine, where the teams took on malign influence during three sets of elections.   

Finally, the President of the International Republican Institute shares his perspective on the crippling effect foreign nations like Russia and China can have when they inflict their bad intentions on the public information space.  

Find this episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and the player below: 



Special thanks to: 

  • Dan Twining, President, International Republican Institute
  • James De Witt, IRI Country Director, Armenia
  • Artak Shakaryan, IRI Program Director
  • Natia Jikia, NDI Deputy Directory, Ukraine


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This podcast is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through CEPPS. Established in 1995, CEPPS pools the expertise of three premier international organizations dedicated to democratic development: IFES, IRI, and NDI. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government. 
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