Will Russia hack the 2018 midterms?

"I Voted" stickers are seen at a polling site during the New York State Democratic primary in New York City, U.S., September 13, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid - RC1122CFBDD0

Editor’s Note: The Brookings Cafeteria podcast will release new episodes on the issues shaping the 2018 midterms every Tuesday and Friday leading up to Election Day. You can follow the series where we list all episodes of the Cafeteria podcast, and visit our 2018 Midterms page for more research and analysis on the upcoming elections.

Alina Polyakova, a David M. Rubenstein fellow in Foreign Policy at Brookings, addresses the question of Russia’s potential involvement in the 2018 midterm elections. She also describes the latest tactics in disinformation campaigns and cyber threats, and how targeted nations can respond. Also in this edition, Molly Reynolds, fellow in Governance studies, analyzes the shape of House and Senate races, and looks ahead to the post-election Congress.

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For more special Brookings Cafeteria episodes about the 2018 midterms, visit the BCP page. Also, more research and analysis from Brookings experts about the elections are here.

Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo with assistance from Mark Hoelscher, and to producers Brennan Hoban and Chris McKenna. Additional support comes from Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, Camilo Ramirez, Emily Horne, and our interns Tim Madden and Churon Bernier.

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