Krystyna Sikora

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About Krystyna Sikora

Krystyna (Krysia) Sikora is a research assistant for the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) at the German Marshall Fund, where she supports research on election integrity and information manipulation. Her writing has been published in the EU Observer, Euractiv, and the Fulcrum.

Prior to joining ASD, Krysia received an MA in Eurasian, Russian, and East European studies from Georgetown University. Her studies centered on right-wing populism, disinformation, and democratic decline in Central and Eastern Europe, with a focus on Poland. Krysia played professional soccer in Poland for two years and has a BA in political science and a certificate in policy journalism and media studies from Duke University.

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Hamilton 2.0 Analysis Russian diplomats and state media focused on two main narratives this week: Threats to Zelenskyy: Russian officials last week claimed that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy “no longer has the right to represent Ukraine i [...]

2024-05-23T16:01:36-04:00May 23, 2024|By and |

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Announcements ASD would like your feedback! Please fill out our survey about ASD’s work and publications. (Estimated time to complete: one minute or less) Our Takes This week’s US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing showed bipartisan concern ov [...]

2024-05-16T17:21:13-04:00May 16, 2024|By and |

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Announcements ASD would like your feedback! Please fill out our survey about ASD’s work and publications. (Estimated time to complete: one minute or less) Our Takes The recent spate of “cash-for-influence, election interference, and espionage cas [...]

2024-05-10T10:33:08-04:00May 9, 2024|By and |

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Announcements ASD would like your feedback! Please fill out our survey about ASD’s work and publications. (Estimated time to complete: one minute or less) Our Takes Russia’s online influence campaigns have seized on US divisions over the Israel-H [...]

2024-05-02T16:52:15-04:00May 2, 2024|By and |

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Announcements ASD would like your feedback! Please fill out our survey about ASD’s work and publications. (Estimated time to complete: one minute or less) ASD is hiring a Washington, DC-based, full-time program assistant! Apply here. Our Takes Th [...]

2024-04-26T09:09:53-04:00April 25, 2024|By and |

Building Resilience Against Election Influence Operations: Preparing for the European Elections in 2024 and Beyond

Executive Summary In 2024, nearly half of the world’s population is heading to the polls. One of the biggest of these contests is the 2024 European Parliament elections from June 6–9, in which 366 million voters in the union’s 27 member states wil [...]

2024-04-23T10:05:33-04:00April 23, 2024|By , , and |

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Announcements GMF’s annual Brussels Forum is live today, April 18 and tomorrow, April 19! Tune in here to follow conversations on issues impacting the transatlantic community, including a panel about challenges to election administration on April 1 [...]

2024-04-18T15:26:30-04:00April 18, 2024|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements We are hiring! ASD is looking for a full-time program assistant and a Washington, DC-based research trainee for Summer 2024! Apply here. Hamilton 2.0 Analysis Russian diplomats and state media focused on two main narratives this wee [...]

2024-04-15T13:58:25-04:00April 11, 2024|By and |

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Announcements We are hiring! Applications are open for ASD at GMF’s Washington, DC-based research traineeship for Summer 2024! Apply here. Our Takes The spate of US election officials resigning increases the risk that genuine election administrat [...]

2024-04-04T15:53:58-04:00April 4, 2024|By and |

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Our Takes If hard right parties translate their momentum into success in June’s European Parliament elections, they will have a large impact on the EU’s future, from who occupies key offices to the bloc’s support for Ukraine, Senior Manager for Eur [...]

2024-03-29T09:10:45-04:00March 28, 2024|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Takes “Information ecosystems were under unprecedented strain … and then you throw artificial intelligence (AI) into the mix. And what you have is such a harsher threat landscape”, Senior Manager for Europe and Fellow Vassilis Ntousas said at a [...]

2024-03-21T16:29:38-04:00March 21, 2024|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements On Tuesday, March 12, Senior Fellow Lindsay Gorman will participate on a panel about elections in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, alongside Colorado Secretary of Stat [...]

2024-03-07T17:19:07-05:00March 7, 2024|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Omelas and ASD released a new dashboard—the second in a series of dashboards dedicated to monitoring information environments ahead of key global elections in 2024—to track publicly available information about the upcoming Russian pre [...]

2024-02-29T17:00:45-05:00February 29, 2024|By and |

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Announcements Join ASD’s David Salvo and Bret Schafer for an online event with Radio Free Asia and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty to discuss increasing overlap in the information space between the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia. Regist [...]

2024-02-23T09:20:15-05:00February 22, 2024|By and |

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Announcements ASD, with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation, is launching two initiatives to strengthen democratic resilience worldwide: one to foster the adoption of content authenticity technologies in newsrooms to address the proliferation [...]

2024-02-15T17:07:58-05:00February 15, 2024|By and |

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Our Takes Artificial Intelligence (AI) will magnify and ease malign actors’ abilities to push false election narratives and breach electoral systems. Election workers should be equipped to counter these threats ahead of 2024. Senior Fellows Lindsay [...]

2024-02-09T10:08:23-05:00February 8, 2024|By and |

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Hamilton 2.0 Analysis Russian diplomats and state media focused on two main narratives this week:  Civil War in the United States: Former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev created a stir last week with a post that asserted that the ongoing dispute [...]

2024-02-02T12:19:46-05:00February 1, 2024|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements ASD is teaming up with GMF Geostrategy for a GMF 2024 US Elections monthly digest to provide analysis of the elections, with a focus on GMF experts’ insights into threats to US elections and analysis of transatlantic policy issues. Si [...]

2024-01-25T16:30:40-05:00January 25, 2024|By and |

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Announcements ASD is teaming up with GMF Geostrategy for a GMF 2024 US Elections newsletter! This monthly newsletter will provide regular analysis of the elections, with a focus on GMF experts’ insights into threats to the US elections and analysis [...]

2024-01-18T17:24:43-05:00January 18, 2024|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements ASD is pleased to welcome Shanthi Kalathil as a Visiting Senior Fellow. Previously the coordinator for democracy and human rights at the National Security Council, Kalathil will lead an initiative at ASD to foster networks of democrat [...]

2024-01-11T17:23:37-05:00January 11, 2024|By and |

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Our Takes With consequential elections scheduled around the globe in 2024, democracies should pay attention to Taiwan’s upcoming presidential election to learn how best to combat foreign interference and disinformation, China Technology Analyst Dyl [...]

2024-01-05T10:03:06-05:00January 4, 2024|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements Join the team! Applications are still open for a Senior Officer for AI and Democracy for ASD’s Tech and Geopolitics team. Apply here. This is the Dispatch’s final edition of 2023! We will resume our usual publishing schedule the first [...]

2023-12-15T10:10:25-05:00December 14, 2023|By and |

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Announcements We’re hiring! Applications are open for a Senior Officer for AI and Democracy for ASD’s Tech and Geopolitics team! Apply here. Our Takes “We have moved to a new era that… is about these societal level coalitions that pull in players [...]

2023-12-07T16:20:58-05:00December 7, 2023|By and |

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Announcements We’re hiring for three positions! Applications are open for a Senior Officer for AI and Democracy for ASD’s Tech and Geopolitics team, a communications coordinator, and a research trainee for Spring 2024! Apply here. Our Takes In th [...]

2023-11-30T15:11:51-05:00November 30, 2023|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements The Securing Democracy Dispatch will take a break next week to celebrate Thanksgiving! We will resume the following week. We’re hiring! Applications are open for ASD at GMF’s Washington, DC-based research traineeship for Spring 2024! [...]

2023-11-17T09:18:34-05:00November 16, 2023|By and |

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Announcements Join GMF and the Foundation for European Progressive Studies on Wednesday, November 15 for a discussion on the transatlantic alliance amid political uncertainty in the United States and Russian aggression, featuring ASD Co-Managing Di [...]

2023-11-09T16:05:47-05:00November 9, 2023|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements ASD’s Hamilton 2.0 dashboard has been updated! The interactive tool now includes data from Russian, Chinese, and Iranian state media and information channels on Telegram, YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Explore the dashboard here. [...]

2023-11-02T16:29:13-04:00November 2, 2023|By and |

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Our Takes Warsaw’s probable new government will face challenges reinforcing Polish democracy. But its recent electoral victory may pave a path for Poland’s return to liberal democratic norms and realignment with EU standards, Head of Europe Vassili [...]

2023-10-26T14:42:24-04:00October 26, 2023|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Takes Russia, China, and other authoritarian regimes weaponize democracies’ free information ecosystems to undermine support for democracy. The United States should leverage its advantages to fight back in the information space through public d [...]

2023-10-05T16:50:01-04:00October 5, 2023|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Takes Ukrainian victory will not be limited to the battlefield. It will also be determined by how the country rebuilds with help from both government officials and civil society alike. Senior Fellow for Malign Finance Josh Rudolph and partners [...]

2023-09-29T09:46:08-04:00September 28, 2023|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Our Takes Established democracies have clung to outdated practices as backsliding and cultural changes have accelerated. Some democracies, however, have adopted innovative reforms that should serve as a model for their counterparts, GMF’s Senior Vi [...]

2023-09-22T11:33:30-04:00September 21, 2023|By and |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

Announcements ICYMI: ASD launched the War in Ukraine: Military Bloggers dashboard, an interactive, open-source tool for analyzing the reach and messaging of prominent Russian military bloggers on Telegram! Read our key takeaways from the dashboard [...]

2023-08-17T16:39:51-04:00August 17, 2023|By and |
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