Under Vladimir Putin’s regime, the Russian government and its affiliated groups have sought to expand Russian influence through various means in different parts of the world. From Ukraine to Africa and Latin America, Russian efforts to undermine democratic institutions and processes have utilized traditional media and social media platforms to spread disinformation disrupting societies. 

On November 6, USIP and IBI Consultants hosted a presentation of a new report on Russian influence campaigns in Latin America. The conversation examined the evolution of Russia’s engagement with Latin American countries under Putin’s rule, the tools the Russian government has used to expand its presence across the continent, and how the United States and international organizations can respond to Russian activities by enhancing commitments to democratic processes and institutions.

Speakers

Douglas Farah
Founder and President, IBI Consultants

Dr. Román D. Ortiz
Senior Consultant, IBI Consultants; Senior Analyst, Center for International Security, Francisco de Vitoria University 

Olga Belogolova
Director, Emerging Technologies Initiative, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS); Professor, Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies, SAIS

Kirk Randolph, moderator
Program Officer, Latin America Program U.S. Institute of Peace

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