Democracy in the Age of Disinformation: Lessons from European Elections
Events Russian hackers and alt-right propagandists, fake news, soft facts, bots and trolls....the digital age has vastly increased the scope for international, covert and overt influence campaigns to shape elections. How do such campaigns really work? Who is behind them? What do they tell us about the nature of democracy in an era where information borders have broken down, and where we have few rules about what sort of influence is legitimate and which malign?
An African Union for the Future
Events Panel 1: 09:30-11.00 In November, African Union (AU) heads of state will convene for the fourth time in a year, with the aim of accelerating the Union’s reform process, a key priority of the current AU chair, Rwandan President Paul Kagame. While the March 2018 signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement in Kigali is considered a major success, the AU still faces challenges around the structure and financing of the institution. Among the 55 member states there are differing views on the substance of reforms as well as the form of the process. How is the reform process going? What direction is the union choosing? Is it equipped and ready to take on the challenges set out in its Agenda 2063? The Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI), The Nordic Africa Institute and the Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda, held a seminar with two members of the Reform Advisory Committee where the state of the AU was discussed, as well as its roadmap and implementation to reform the organization. Speakers: Cristina Duarte, Former Minister for Finance and Planning of Cabo Verde, and member of the AU Reforms Advisory Committee Johannes Oljelund, Director-General for International development cooperation, Sweden’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iina Soiri, Director of The Nordic Africa Institute The seminar was moderated by Mats Karlsson, former Director of UI. Opening remarks by Christine Nkulikiyinka, Ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to Sweden. Coffee break 11.00.11.30 Panel 2: 11:30-12:30After a coffee break the seminar reconvened, and Donald Kaberuka gave a keynote speech. Donald Kaberuka, Special Envoy of the AU on sustainable Financing for the Union and funding for Peace in Africa, and member of the AU Reform Advisory Committee. Former President of the African Development Bank Group and Chairman of the Board of Directors
What is at Stake in the Upcoming US Midterm Elections?
Events On November 6, the US heads to the polls for midterm elections, where all seats in the House of Representatives and 35 Senate seats will be in the running. What effects may the election results have on American politics and society?