Webinar Series: Democratic Resilience in Europe During a Pandemic

Participants take part in an Election Day simulation exercise to identify potential problems during Ukraine's 2020 local elections.

Much like other organizations, entities and communities around the world, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and its beneficiaries have been deeply impacted by the novel coronavirus crisis.

With most in-person events and activities canceled or postponed due to restrictions on travel and large gatherings of people, IFES swiftly embraced this challenge and opportunity within its “Regional Elections Administration and Political Processes Strengthening” (REAPPS) program. In response to the new environment, IFES’ Regional Europe Office in Prague, Czech Republic, quickly adapted in-person events to online webinars and meetings to continue programming and ensure continued engagement of key electoral stakeholders across the Europe and Eurasia region.

The REAPPS team developed and launched a dedicated webinar series for international election practitioners, observers and donors. To date, Democratic Resilience in Europe During a Pandemic (formerly Administering Elections in Europe During a Pandemic) has held multiple dedicated webinars, each focusing on salient issues. The series has received broad interest and high-level participation from more than 35 countries, due in part to its revolving relevant topics and expert panelists who address key issues developing across electoral environments during the pandemic. This feature is complemented by the webinar’s greater engagement of non-English speakers as each webinar is simultaneously translated into multiple languages. The webinar series has delivered an array of international good practices and recommendations from experts on protecting electoral integrity during the pandemic. These insights have provided integral input to the actions of election management bodies, observers and advocacy groups, especially those poised to conduct elections in the period following webinar participation.

Upcoming Events

Since early 2020, IFES has held regular webinars focused on issues related to electoral processes in Europe, within the context of the pandemic. The webinars have gathered participants from more than 75 countries and focused on a wide range of issues. To register for the October 27 event, please click the link below.

Countering Kremlin Influence in European Democratic Processes

Wednesday, October 27 at 9:00-10:15 a.m. EDT/UTC-4 or 15:00-16:15 CEST/UTC+2 or 16:00-17:15 MSK/UTC+3

The government of the Russian Federation uses different approaches to destabilize democratic governments across Europe and encourage the rise of populist, anti-democratic regimes. In the face of this challenge, what can be done to assist countries in the region to more effectively mitigate threats to deliver genuine, democratic and credible elections; build an active and informed electorate; and support inclusion and equality of political actors in the often complex and chaotic process of democracy?

For an in-depth discussion about these issues, join IFES for our 14th event in our Webinar Series. The event will be held live via Zoom and feature simultaneous interpretation from English into Albanian, Armenian, Georgian, Macedonian, Russian, South Slavic language and Ukrainian.


  • Dr. Magnus Öhman, Senior Political Finance Adviser and Regional Europe Office Director, IFES


  • Daria Azariev North, Program Manager, Europe & Eurasia, IFES
  • Eduard Melnikau, Professor, Academic Department of Social Sciences, European Humanities University, Lithuania
  • Olga Lautman, Researcher and Analyst of Russian Foreign Influence
  • David Levine, Elections Integrity Fellow, German Marshall Fund

There will also be an opportunity for the audience to ask the panelists questions.

Learn more and RSVP.

To learn more about IFES’ webinar series, please see the recordings from previous sessions.

Past Events

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