FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council
Waterford, CT (September 4, 2020) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that David Shimer is to speak on Russian and American electoral interference over the past 100 years at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16 via Zoom. The virtual presentation is free for members, and $20 for non-members. Registration is required.
The event will start at 5:45 p.m. with the SECWAC Annual Meeting, followed by David Shimer’s presentation at 6:00 p.m.
In his book, Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference, which the New York Times calls “extraordinary and gripping,” Shimer restores history to the subject of covert electoral interference and shows how Russia’s operation in 2016 marked a continuation of the past. In this session, Shimer will discuss how states interfere covertly in the elections of other states, what to expect from Russia and other foreign actors between now and Election Day, and how America can and should be defending itself.
Signed copies of the book may be purchased from Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT, at this link: https://www.banksquarebooks.com/SECWAC2020-2
The presentation is part of the SECWAC 2020-2021 monthly Speaker Series.
David Shimer is an expert on election security, U.S.-Russian relations, and covert action. He is the author of Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference, a New York Times Editors’ Choice book. His reporting and analysis have been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, and Foreign Affairs. He has appeared on CNN and MSNBC to discuss the threat of foreign election interference, and he has been interviewed by the New York Times, NPR, the AP, and Politico about American and Russian foreign policy.
SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange at least 8-10 meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings present a range of topics in international affairs, foreign policy and diplomatic history, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond. SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at http://secwac.org.
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents David Shimer on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 6:00 p.m. via Zoom. Annual membership of SECWAC is $85; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students; corporate membership available for $1,000 (contact SECWAC for details).
NEXT MEETING on September 30th: New York Times and The Atlantic writer and author George Packer will speak on his book Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century
The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.