WHAT: American University experts are available for commentary and analysis of the latest steps in the Russia investigation. 

WHEN: December 1 – ongoing

WHERE: On campus, in-studio, via email, telephone or Skype 

Background: Michael Flynn, former national security adviser in the Trump administration, has been charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with making a false statement to the FBI. AU experts are available to comment on the latest steps in the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the U.S. presidential elections and the charges brought against Michael Flynn. 

Experts Available:

Gordon Adams, professor of U.S. Foreign Policy at the School of International Service, has published widely on defense and national security policy, the defense policy process, and national security budgets. He is often sought by national and international media outlets to comment on U.S. national security policy. 

David Barker, Director of American University’s Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, is a nationally recognized expert on campaigns/elections, public opinion, political information/misinformation, political polarization and political representation.  His latest book is Representing Red and Blue: How the Culture War Changes the Way Citizens Speak and Politicians Listen. His new book, One Nation, Two Realities: Dueling Facts in American Democracy will be published in 2018. 

Richard Benedetto is an adjunct professor in the School of Communication. He is a retired White House correspondent and columnist for USA Today and political columnist for Gannett News Service. He reported on local, state and national government and politics for nearly 40 years and continues to write political commentary.

Keith Darden, associate professor in the School of International Service. His research focuses on nationalism, state-building, and the politics of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia. His book, Economic Liberalism and Its Rivals, explored the formation of international economic institutions among the post-Soviet states.

Chris Edelson, assistant professor of government, is the author of Power without Constraint: The Post 9/11 Presidency and National Security. He is available to discuss issues of presidential national security authority in the context of the presidential election and Congress's role regarding national security and the use of military force, among other topics.

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