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About Louis Savoia

Louis Savoia is a program coordinator for the Alliance for Securing Democracy (ASD) at the German Marshall Fund, where he serves as the lead author of ASD's weekly newsletter, the Securing Democracy Dispatch. A graduate of American University’s School of International Service, Louis received a bachelor’s in international relations with focuses on the European Union and NATO, US foreign policy, and democratic governance. As part of his coursework, Louis spent a semester studying European affairs in Brussels, Belgium. His capstone project investigated patterns of hostage-taking by US adversaries, which he and his research group presented to the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. 

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

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 Polish voters turned out in historic numbers to elect what will likely become a new governing coalition, despite the country’s slide toward autocracy, including state capture of the media and politicized government institutions. Read Seni [...]

2023-10-20T10:46:20-04:00October 19, 2023|By |

Securing Democracy Dispatch

News and Commentary X flooded with falsified and graphic content around Israel-Hamas conflict: Posts spreading falsified and graphic content around hostilities between Israel and Hamas have flooded X (formerly Twitter)—including improperly labeled [...]

2023-10-12T16:50:23-04:00October 12, 2023|By |

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

Our Takes All technology platforms see data as an asset. But Chinese platforms snoop on users more brazenly, and that data could fuel China’s campaign for global technology leadership, Senior Fellow for Emerging Technologies Lindsay Gorman told DW [...]

2023-09-07T16:37:41-04:00September 7, 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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