To compete and thrive in the 21st century, democracies, and the United States in particular, must develop new national security and economic strategies that address the geopolitics of information. In the 20th century, market capitalist democracies geared infrastructure, energy, trade, and even social policy to protect and advance that era’s key source of power—manufacturing. In this century, democracies must better account for information geopolitics across all dimensions of domestic policy and national strategy.
This forum is co-hosted by the Belfer Center's Arctic Initiative.
Moderated by John Holdren, President Obama's Science Advisor and Director of the White Office of Science and Technology Policy (2009-2017); Co-Director, Belfer Center's Science, Technology and Public Policy Program; Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy; Faculty Co-Lead, Arctic Initiative; Chair, White House Arctic Executive Steering Committee (2015-2017)
Public address by Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Iceland. He took office on August 1, 2016 after receiving the most votes in the 2016 election. A historian, he was a docent at the University of Iceland until his election. His field of research is modern Icelandic history, and he has published a number of works on the Cod Wars, the 2008–11 Icelandic financial crisis and the Icelandic presidency, among other topics.