September 18, 2020

SECWAC Hosts Shimer on ‘100 Years of Covert, Electoral Interference” in Virtual Event Tonight

David Shimer.

LYME/OLD LYME — The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) presents David Shimer speaking on, “Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference, based on his new book of the same name, in a virtual Zoom meeting to be held this evening, Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.

Shimer is a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and an Associate Fellow at Yale University. His reporting and analysis have appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Washington Post and Foreign Affairs.

He is pursuing a doctorate in international relations at the University of Oxford as a Marshall Scholar; he received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in history from Yale University.

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.

Copies of the book are available for sale through local bookstore Bank Square Books.

There will be a short annual meeting at 5:45 p.m. prior to the talk to which all are also welcome.

Registration is required at this link. The link to join the meeting will then be emailed with your registration confirmation.

The meeting is free to members and guests may attend for $20.

If you are new to Zoom virtual meetings and would like to learn more about how to join via Zoom, visit for more information. Also feel free to call 860-912-5718 for technical advice prior to the event.

It will not be possible to resolve issues during the meeting. A link to the recording will be shared via email following the meeting.

Save the date for the next SECWAC meeting, which will feature New York Times and The Atlantic writer and author George Packer, who will speak on his book, “Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century,” on Sept. 30.

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.


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