Deep Dive: Hacking, Disinformation, and a New Cold War with Russia
From election meddling to new US sanctions to close calls between fighter planes over the Baltic Sea, the US-Russia relationship is as complicated as ever. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has described US-Russian relations as being “at an all time low, and deteriorating further.” Meanwhile, anti-corruption protests have sprouted up all over Putin’s Russia, and here in the US, the FBI and Senate Intelligence Committee continue their investigations into Russian cyberattacks and associations between the Trump campaign and transition teams and Russian officials. Former US ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, Senate Intelligence Committee co-chair Mark Warner, and Russian journalists Galina Timchenko and Alexey Kovalev join The Atlantic’s Julia Ioffe for a look at what it all means. How did the United States and Russia get here? Where are we headed? What do we need to understand about Putin and his stake in disinformation and destabilization? What have we learned about the 2016 cyberattacks, and, along the way, have we learned anything about ourselves and the health of American democracy?