written by Ludovic Boissy

BBC

Published as part of European Horizons Spring 2020 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

In June 2020, within the European Parliament, a Special Committee about Foreign Interference in the Democratic Processes of the European Union was created with R. GLUCKSMANN as its President. This committee reflects a European will to fight against foreign interference in order to maintain a democratic and sovereign Europe. These are defined as “all activities carried out by or on behalf of a foreign actor in order to harm…


written by Thomas Lezeau

NBC News

Published as part of European Horizons’ Spring 2020 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

The Belarusian presidential elections that took place on the 9th of August 2020 saw the re-election for sixth term of Alexander Lukashenko, credited with over 80 percent of the votes by official results. His opponent, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya although officially credited with only 10 percent of the votes claims to have won by with at least 60 percent of the votes. Suspicion of the president’s party mingling with the outcome…


written by Sophie Pownall, European Horizons Bath

Reuters

Published as part of European Horizons’ Spring 2020 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

The 2020 United States’ presidential elections triggered a surge in democratic participation unlike any other witnessed in modern times (Pilkington and Milman, 2020). The world waited anxiously as the votes were counted and then took a sigh of relief, as Donald Trump conceded and American citizens demonstrated that they were still interested in democracy. However, months before the results came in, Trump tactically started planting seeds…


written by Domonkos D. Kovacs, University of Cambridge

Published as part of European Horizons’ Spring 2021 policy priority series on Defending Democracy Against Cyber Threats and the Northern Chapters Publications Initiative on Interference in Elections.

TechCrunch/Bryce Durbin

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of Russian election meddling. Anyone following the recent trends in geopolitical discourse will have noticed that a new political cliché has emerged in the Western democratic world, from the United States to Catalonia: the Russians are here to destroy democracy. The idea of a Russian cyber-expansionist master plan has turned from allegation and hearsay into an unquestionable…


written by Julian Pfleging, European Horizons at Sciences Po Paris

(Lausanne, April 2, 2015)

Executive Summary

The conclusion of the JCPOA in 2015 was undoubtedly one of the most significant diplomatic achievements of the EU. However, pride in past achievements should not blur one’s vision of the present. The EU should identify its stakes and interests in the conflict about the Iranian nuclear program and promote them more assertively. It is time for the EU to acknowledge the de facto failure of the JCPOA, work together with the incoming U.S. …


written by Lucie Landon, President of European Horizons Bath

European Commission

On 11th October 2019, the European Commission unveiled the European Green Deal, its plan to make Europe carbon neutral by 2050. All sectors were affected: Finance, economy, agriculture, transport, construction. But what does this green transition mean for the European Union? It is no secret that the Union has been dependent on Russia’s oil and gas industry for many years, despite attempts at diversifying its energy sources. Will the European Green Deal manage to eliminate the EU’s strategic dependence on Russia ? …


written by Camilla Alcini

Getty Images

ESM is the English acronym for the European Stability Mechanism, known in Italian as “il Meccanismo Europeo di Stabilità” (MES). The ESM has been a recurrent feature of Italian politics throughout the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. But what exactly is it, and why is such an animated debate taking place around it now?

Established in September 2012 in response to the damages of the 2008 Great Recession, the ESM is an EU intergovernmental organization whose main premise is doing “whatever it takes to preserve the euro”. It provides financial assistance to countries in need by…


Restitution of Objects, Changing Interpretations, and Elevation of Oppressed Voices in European and North American Cultural Institutions

written by Peter Favret ’21 and Jenna Martin ’22, College of William and Mary

Published as part of European Horizons’ Winter 2020 policy priority series on Combatting Systemic Racism.

Image by Elvert Barnes, Sourced from Creative Commons “38a.BLM.Murals.NBM.WDC.18September2020” .

The British Museum made headlines this year following its refusal to remove a bust of Museum founder Hans Sloane, an enslaver, from its Enlightenment Gallery. The refusal to remove the bust came after Cultural Secretary Oliver Dowden sent a letter to government-funded museums threatening to cut support and funding if they removed objects that were considered controversial. Dowden told museums that “As publicly funded bodies, you should not be taking actions…


written by Kyilah Terry, Co-President, European Horizons Georgetown

Published as part of European Horizons’ Winter 2020 policy priority series on Combatting Systemic Racism.

Ulrich D’Pola Kamdem, The Economic and Financial Analysis View of Africa, August 2018.

Borders are often thought of as demarcated lines along sovereign territories, but they transcend geography and are also liminal spaces where an individual’s right to relief and livelihood is imperiled, and where the politicized form of life in the notion of citizenship is created and contested. The US and EU have both been criticized for implementing restrictive migration border policies that violate international standards and the rights refugees. Moreover, it seems like the two have created a…


How American Adversaries Interfere in the U.S. Election

written by Christian Blank, Georgetown Security Studies M.A. Candidate

As election day draws closer, the steady stream of political ads and targeted messaging campaigns intensifies. But just last week, threatening emails sent to Democratic voters raised red flags. According to the Director of National Intelligence and FBI Director, Iran issued these threats posing as pro-Trump far-right groups like the Proud Boys in an effort to undermine confidence in the democratic process. Such efforts are not new, but the landscape has changed. The U.S. …

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