Lesson Plan: Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

Former US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute on the Importance of Election Security

Former US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute spoke about the cyber attacks during the 2016 election and the importance of election security.


With recent evidence that foreign governments and non-state actors made efforts to interfere with the 2016 election, Congress has investigated these actions to ensure that the United States is prepared for the 2018 midterm elections and elections in the future. This lesson provides context on this interference and has students view video clips from foreign policy and cyber experts, elected officials and cabinet members on different ways to address foreign interference in U.S. elections. The focus of this lesson is on cyber-attacks on campaign and state election commissions, influencing citizens through media and the security of voting machines.


Additional Resources


  • Audit
  • Bots
  • Cyber-attack
  • Dark Money
  • Democratic National Committee
  • Deter
  • Domestic
  • Election Commissions
  • Homeland Security
  • Interference
  • Kremlin
  • Malware
  • Redundancy
  • Russia
  • Sanction
  • Security Clearances
  • Social Media
  • Surveillance
  • Troll
  • Twitter
  • Wikileaks


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