Defending Democracy


Wed Sep 15 2021 at 12:15 pm to 01:45 pm


LBJ Plaza (Outdoors by the LBJ School of Public Affairs) | Austin, TX

Defending Democracy
Inside the Senate Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election
About this Event

On Wednesday, September 15, The University of Texas at Austin's Intelligence Studies Project, Strauss Center for International Security and Law, Clements Center for National Security, and Global (Dis)Information Lab (GDIL) will host Ms. Emily Harding, Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and former Deputy Staff Director for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, for a public talk on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. 

* Advance registration is required. Outdoor seating is limited.

The event sponsors will continue to follow the University of Texas's public health related policies. There is an inherent risk of exposure to viruses and other health threats in any public space. Attendees voluntarily assume all associated risks. All UT guidelines and FAQs about COVID-19 can be found at Protect Texas Together.


Emily Harding is deputy director and senior fellow with the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She joined CSIS from the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), where she was deputy staff director. In her nearly 20 years of government service, she has served in a series of high-profile national security positions at critical moments. While working for SSCI, she led the Committee’s multiyear investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The five-volume, 1,300-page report reshaped the way the United States defends itself against foreign adversaries seeking to manipulate elections, and it was lauded for its rigor, its thoroughness, and as the only bipartisan effort on election interference. During her tenure on the Committee, she also served as the subject matter expert on election security, counterintelligence and associated cybersecurity issues, and the Middle East. She oversaw the activities of 18 intelligence agencies and led SSCI staff in drafting legislation, conducting oversight of the intelligence community, and developing their expertise in intelligence community matters.

She began her career as a leadership analyst at CIA, and then became a manager of analysts and analytic programs. She led the Iraq Group during the attempted Islamic State takeover of Iraq and Syria and led a multidisciplinary group of analysts working crises worldwide, drawing from many perspectives to provide rich analysis to policymakers. During a tour at the National Security Council, she served as executive assistant to the deputy national security adviser for global democracy strategy and then as director for Iran, where she led interagency efforts to create innovative policies drawing on all elements of national power. After leaving the White House, she served on a team running the first Office of the Director of National Intelligence-led presidential transition, where she was responsible for liaising with both campaigns and briefing the incoming administration on a wide range of intelligence topics. Harding holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia.

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Where is it happening?
LBJ Plaza (Outdoors by the LBJ School of Public Affairs), 2315 Red River Street, Austin, United States

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Host or PublisherIntelligence Studies Project - The University of Texas at Austin
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