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.
David Allen is a postdoctoral Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow at MIT's Security Studies Program and at the Belfer Center's International Security Program. His book project, Every Citizen a Statesman, shows how the U.S. foreign policy elite has tried to reconcile diplomacy with democracy by embarking on a program to educate the public in world affairs, with limited results.
David received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University in 2019, with distinction. He took a double first in History from the University of Cambridge and also holds an M.Phil. in Historical Studies, with distinction, from Cambridge. He was previously an Ernest May Fellow in History and Policy at the Belfer Center and a History and Public Policy Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. His research has been published in the Historical Journal, the Journal of Cold War Studies, and Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations. Beyond history, he writes on classical music as a critic at the New York Times.Last Updated: Sep 3, 2019, 9:13am