“I use ‘disruptive’ in both its good and bad connotations. Disruptive scientific and technological progress is not to me inherently good or inherently evil. But its arc is for us to shape. Technology’s progress is furthermore in my judgment unstoppable. But it is quite incorrect that it unfolds inexorably according to its own internal logic and the laws of nature.”
Ben Rhode is an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy. He holds a doctorate in history from the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the interplay between the individual and the international during historical shifts in the global order, and on how history can best inform contemporary policy.
His doctoral thesis examined ways in which various contemporary preoccupations and assumptions affected Anglo-French perceptions of power and global order at the end of the nineteenth century, with particular reference to the rise of the United States.
Prior to his doctorate, Ben was a Senior Research Associate at the Belfer Center, where his research focused on nonproliferation and regional security issues. Before joining the Center, Ben worked for five years as a researcher at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London. He graduated from the University of Oxford with First Class Honours in Modern History, and received an M.Sc. in International Relations from the London School of Economics.Last Updated: Feb 12, 2018, 1:41pm