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Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference

Prepare for the Worst and Fight for the Best: A Citizen’s Guide to 2020 Electoral Interference

Flag by Jasper Johns (Credit:Museum of Modern Art)If the past is prologue, this type of direct interference could take several forms. One option for Russia would be to try to ensure Trump’s victory. Jeh Johnson, the secretary of homeland security in 2016, recounted in Rigged that he worried Russia “could screw around with voter registration lists...

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Avenging Soleimani: Iran Identifies Possible American Targets

Avenging Soleimani: Iran Identifies Possible American Targets

This is from the regime-friendly Mehr News Agency in Iran. The Iranian government is explicitly talking about how–not if–it will avenge the U.S. drone attack that took the life of Gen. Qasem Soleimani last January. Like him or not, Soleimani was instrumental in three Iranian military victories in recent years. That’s why Iran is keen...

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Inherit the ‘Whirlwind’: A Podcast on Russian Political Warfare

Inherit the ‘Whirlwind’: A Podcast on Russian Political Warfare

The docuseries project builds on Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner’s new book, The Folly and the Glory: America, Russia, and Political Warfare: 1945-2020. Weiner wrote and hosts the show, which over 10 episodes will feature interviews with former CIA directors Robert Gates, John Brennan and Leon Panetta, former KGB officers Alexander Vassiliev and Oleg Kalugin...

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Peace Data and Prigozhin’s Service to Putin

Peace Data and Prigozhin’s Service to Putin

Some journalists on the left like Aaron Mate and Dan Lazare tell me that the charges of Russian interference in U.S. politics are a “hoax” or “don’t really matter.” While I share their opposition to a new Cold War with Russia,  that does not require averting one’s eyes from the record of Yevgeny Prigozhin, international...