University of Wisconsin–Madison

Russia and the 2016 US Election: Cyberwar and Prospects for Future Conflict

When: February 22, 2017 7:00 pm

Where: Varsity Hall, Union South (1308 W Dayton St)

Speakers:Scott Gehlbach, Professor of Political Science, Yoshiko M. Herrera, Professor of Political Science, Robert Kaiser, Professor of Geography, Ron Machoian, Senior Lecturer, International Studies, Moderator: Ted Gerber, CREECA Director and Professor of Sociology

Sponsors:CREECA, Wisconsin Union Directorate's Society & Politics Committee

In January, the US intelligence community concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered a campaign to influence the 2016 US presidential election in Donald Trump’s favor. Russia has also widely been blamed for last year’s cyber-attacks against Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.  What were Russia’s motivations for interfering in the election? Do its actions represent a significant threat for the US or just a distraction from more fundamental issues? Is this a new form of “cyberwarfare,” and what are the prospects for future conflict? The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) and the Wisconsin Union Directorate’s Society & Politics Committee invite you to hear a panel of UW experts discuss these and related issues.

The event is free and open to the public.