2019 Pre-APSA Workshop on Securing Elections: Foreign Meddling, Fake News, and Political Violence

Securing Elections

Conference Theme

Elections come under threat from a variety of fronts, be that foreign interference or cyber-attacks, violent conflicts stemming from electoral events, or targeted attacks against politicians in person or online.

Examples of these scenarios are widespread, from elections being postponed in Haiti and Nigeria due to violence, to cases of foreign meddling in American elections and Baltic states. Security is a key challenge to electoral integrity and it is of vital interest to academics, policymakers, security forces, and electoral officials alike.

The Securing Elections: Foreign Meddling, Fake News, and Political Violence workshop will consider how elections can be protected from the variety of security threats that emerge during the electoral cycle.

About the Conference

Securing Elections: Foreign Meddling, Fake News, and Political Violence


Wednesday, August 28, 2019


Crystal City, Virginia (20 minutes from downtown Washington DC)


  • Holly Ann Garnett (Royal Military College of Canada)
  • Charles Stewart III (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)


  • Preliminary Agenda


    8:30 – 9:00

    Registration and Coffee


    9:00 – 9:10



    9:15– 10:45

    Concurrent Panels

    • Elections in Conflict Areas
    • Cyber-security and Disinformation
    • Gender & Political Violence


    10:45 – 11:00

    Coffee Break


    11:00– 12:45

    Concurrent Panels

    • Roundtable: New Books on Election Violence
    • Foreign Interference in Elections
    • Election Law and Justice


    12:45 – 1:45



    1:45 – 3:15

    Concurrent Panels

    • Electoral Violence Around the Globe
    • Technology in American Elections
    • Electoral Management


    3:15 – 3:30

    Coffee Break


    3:30 – 5:00

    Practitioner Roundtable


    More detailed information about the agenda will become available as the program develops.

Call for Papers

This workshop welcomed paper proposals on questions including (but not limited to):

  • How can the peaceful and secure environments necessary for free and fair elections be created?
  • What new security threats have emerged to electoral officials from the rise of information technologies?
  • How successfully have legacy and social media platforms sought to counter fake news? 
  • How are politicians, be they candidates, voters or party officials, threatened at various stages of the electoral cycle? Who are the targets? Who are the perpetrators?
  • When and how is election violence most likely to emerge? How can such conflicts be resolved?
  • How do domestic and foreign monitoring and observation protect or spark electoral conflict?
  • Have perceived security threats undermined public confidence and trust in the electoral process?


Submissions for this workshop are currently closed. 

Those selected to present their papers will be notified by mid-April.


Registration for this conference is currently open.

If you would like to attend, please follow the link below and submit the Indication of Interest form. We will confirm directly via email whether we are able to reserve a spot for you no later than August 7, 2019.

Claire DeSoi