About Nathan Kohlenberg

Nathan Kohlenberg is a research assistant at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund, where he tracks authoritarian interference activities in the MENA region and provides research support to fellows on issues including election interference, digital surveillance, and information manipulation on social media, among others. He previously served as a policy associate at the Truman National Security Project, where he remains a fellow. He has written about disinformation and foreign election interference in Defense One, Salon, Just Security, and elsewhere.

Nathan received a BA from Carleton College in Minnesota and an MA from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where he conducted research on the South China Sea conflict and contributed a chapter to South China Sea: Maintaining Peace/Preventing War, published by the JHU Press in 2017.

What to Watch in Turkey’s Run-Off Election

What happened in the first round?  In Turkey’s first round election held on May 14, tens of millions of voters turned out for both sides. There was intense competition on a playing field that the incumbent President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan skewed heavi [...]

2023-05-25T14:30:42-04:00May 25, 2023|By |

The Tweet Is Coming from Inside the House

In Erdoğan’s Turkey, anti-government trolls get arrested, while pro-government trolls get paychecks.  Social media has become a major source of information for Turkish people, thanks in large part to the Turkish government’s strict control of tradit [...]

2023-05-11T16:27:20-04:00May 11, 2023|By |

Autocrats Within

Executive Summary The greatest threats facing the two most consequential elections in and around Europe in 2023—Turkey in May and Poland in the fall—come from autocratic corruption within these two backsliding democracies. Both these countries are [...]

2023-05-05T15:41:13-04:00April 25, 2023|By , and |

With Friends Like These

Gulf states engaged in cyber-espionage, hacking, and harassment must not be given carte blanche to poison the cyber-realm simply because they are U.S. security partners. The Justice Department recently announced that three former U.S. intelligence [...]

2021-11-05T12:22:04-04:00November 5, 2021|By |
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