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Legislating to Counter Foreign Influence in the UK: Lessons From Across the Pond


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As it seeks to develop a transparency-based registration framework to counter foreign influence activities, the UK can learn from the rich experience of the US and the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

On July 21, the Intelligence and Security Committee released its long-awaited Russia report, which confirmed Russian interference in UK politics. Among its recommendations to better protect the UK, the Committee expressed support for legislative reforms to better equip security agencies to address modern and diversifying threats from espionage and foreign influence. Noting that it was not illegal to be a ‘foreign agent’ in the UK, the Committee highlighted the need to enact

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