Suzanne Spaulding, senior adviser for homeland security and director of the Defending Democratic Institutions project at CSIS, outlines why Putin’s invasion of Ukraine showed the resilience and inherent strengths in democracies, and what needs to be done to safeguard them. She explains how the work that democracies have put in to learn to “fight in the light” and wield transparency against Putin’s authoritarian regime has paid off. Putin needs the dark corners of secrecy to sustain his information operations, the narratives that he tried to sell before the invasion, and the corruption that permeates the Russian government. That makes our efforts to shine a light in those dark corners essential.
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