In 2016, 2018, and 2020, America’s foreign adversaries, such as Russia and Iran, attempted to influence the U.S. elections. Just last month, FBI officials warned of potential interference from Russia and China in the upcoming midterms, providing a timely reminder that what happens in the elections doesn’t just matter here in the United States.

The Alliance for Securing Democracy at GMF, the McCain Institute and the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations host an event on how and why foreign adversaries seek to impact our elections at the national and local levels.

Arizona is not only a battleground state for domestic politics but it will also attract attention around the world. Together, we will host an expert panel on how the United States and Arizona can protect itself from foreign efforts to undermine democracy.


  • Bill Gates, Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors
  • Tim Roemer, Director of the Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Arizona Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • Laura Thornton, Director of the Alliance for Securing Democracy
  • Moderator: Paul Fagan, Director of Human Rights and Democracy, The McCain Institute