Disrupting Democracy Vol. II
This publication is divided into five chapters, one for each case study (Italy, Mexico, Latvia, and the United States, plus a chapter of polling data. Within each chapter, you'll find two parts: the first provides an "outsider's" perspective on the case study through background research, on-the-ground interviews, and open source data; the second, written by a local expert, provides an analysis and potential solutions to the challenges highlighted in part one. It should be noted that each of these elections took place at various points in 2018. As a result, they are a snapshot of a moment in time, which may have subsequently been overtaken by developments on the ground.
Anthony T. Silberfeld
Director, Transatlantic Relations
Tony Silberfeld joined the Bertelsmann Foundation as the Director of Transatlantic Relations in April 2014, overseeing a project portfolio aimed at strengthening the Euro-Atlantic alliance through traditional and innovative means. His current research focuses on the intersection of technology and democracy in Europe and the United States, drawing on lessons from every corner of the globe. He is currently developing two online platforms, RANGE and the Transatlantic Periscope, that provide geopolitical forecasting capacity and in-depth analyses of America’s bilateral relationships with its European partners, respectively. Tony has produced long-form publications, policy briefs, graphic books, education guides, digital animations and feature-length documentary films, constantly exploring cutting-edge avenues to connect the Foundation’s work to policymakers and the public.
Tony arrived at the Foundation after seven years with the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, where he was head of political and public affairs at the British Embassy’s Northern Ireland Bureau in Washington, DC. He also served as the Northern Ireland government spokesman in the Americas, and advised government ministers on political developments in the United States, Canada and Brazil. Prior to his tenure at the embassy, Tony held posts as a foreign policy advisor in the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives.
Tony has a master’s degree from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University.