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DIGITAL TRANSATLANTIC DIALOGUE
To perpetuate more than two centuries of shared ideals and friendship; to build lasting, practical working ties; and to advance solutions to problems of shared concern.
You do not need a Zoom account to join. Registered guests will receive a link to join in the days leading up to the event. You can find the full description and recording of our webinars on our website!
Open to the public

Title: "Protecting Elections: Lessons from the American Experience"
Date: Wednesday, September 2 at 1:00 pm ET
Speaker: Michael Daniel, President and CEO of Cyber Threat Alliance
Moderator: Cara LaPointe, Co-Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Assured Autonomy
For members only

Title: "U.S. Political Landscape & the State of Polling Ahead of the 2020 Presidential Election"
Date: Wednesday, September 9 at 6:00 pm ET
Speaker: Carroll Doherty, Director of Political Research & Courtney Kennedy, Director of Survey Research, with expertise in research methodology
Moderator: Rickey Bevington, Internationally Recognized Journalist and Speaker

To learn more about the Transatlantic Forum, please contact Nathalie Bastin at nbastin@frenchamerican.org or our website.
FOUNDATION NEWS
Information & updates about the Foundation and its programs
The French-American Foundation, thanks to the generous support of the Florence Gould Foundation, is proud to acknowledge the winners of this year’s Translation Prize competition with a virtual celebration.

The goal of the Translation Prize, in existence since 1986, is to honor translators and celebrate excellence in translation from French into English in the categories of fiction and nonfiction. The prize also serves the purpose of promoting French literature in the United States and increasing the visibility of publishers who bring notable French works to American readers. The 2020 awards honor works published during the 2019 calendar year.

Celebration of Winners
Thursday, September 10, 2020
1:00 pm EST on Zoom
Moderated by Emily Nemens,
Editor of the Paris Review, author of The Cactus League

The winners, who were chosen by a jury of literary professionals, will share thoughts on their work, their careers, and take questions from interested members of the public.
INTERVIEW
Interviews with members of our growing community of leaders and experts (Young Leaders, Transatlantic Forum members, Cyber security experts, Translation Prize winners, Immigration Journalism Fellows, and more)
Sara Aviel
Young Leader '20

The Honorable Sara Aviel is an international economic leader with expertise in policy, strategy, and operations, and a 2020 French-American Foundation Young Leader. Read our new interview discussing her career.

Q. You were also part of the Executive Board of the World Bank Group. What was it like to be nominated by President Obama, becoming one of the youngest women ever confirmed by the Senate?
Being nominated by President Obama was an incredible honor, as was the opportunity to serve as the voice of the United States at the World Bank. From increasing financing for the very poorest to deepening the World Bank’s commitment to social inclusion and fighting climate change, I am proud of the progress we achieved.

I very much recognize that the ability to make these changes was due to the respect and influence President Obama engendered around the world, and the sense that the United States was motivated not by self-interest but by a true commitment to making a difference for all. It also required working closely with allies, and I’m especially grateful for the strong partnership I forged with my French colleagues. From improving the Bank’s capital position to strengthening its focus on fragile states, together we made a significant difference in the world. Read the full interview.
Biography
As the founder of Margalit Strategies LLC, Sara provides strategic advice to a range of private, multilateral, and non-profit organizations. She is also a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.  Read more.
WEEKLY FOCUS
Interference in the 2020 US Presidential Election
As the 2020 presidential campaign ramps up, a growing share of Americans say it is likely that Russia or other foreign governments will attempt to influence the November election. At the same time, confidence in the federal government to prevent election interference by foreign governments has declined.

National Security Agency Director and U.S. Cyber Command Commander Paul Nakasone on Tuesday detailed how the U.S. is using a “defend forward” strategy against those attempting to interfere in U.S. elections or targeting the nation in other ways online. 

The country's lead military and intelligence cybersecurity agencies are preparing for a full-scale battle to protect the November election from Russia and other adversaries. 

In August 2016, during the run-up to the last presidential election, U.S. intelligence officials began briefing congressional leaders on what they described as unprecedented Russian interference efforts.
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