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.
Jayita Sarkar is an Assistant Professor at Boston University (BU)'s Pardee School of Global Studies, where she teaches diplomatic and political history. Her expertise is in 20th century South Asia, the history of U.S. foreign relations, nuclear technologies, and connected partitions. Her research has been published in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Cold War History, International History Review, Journal of Strategic Studies, Nonproliferation Review, and elsewhere. She is also the founding director of the Global Decolonization Initiative at BU's Pardee School.
In 2020–2021, she is on sabbatical from Boston University to make progress on her second book project as an Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy and as an affiliate with the Weatherhead Initiative on Global History at Harvard University. This project, "Light Water Capitalism: The Rise and Fall of U.S. Global Power," examines the U.S. government's export of light water reactors from the 1950s to the 1980s to expand its global power through nonproliferation.
Her first book, Ploughshares & Swords: India's Nuclear Program in the Global Cold War, examines the first forty years of India's nuclear program through the prisms of geopolitics and technopolitics. It is under contract to be published with Cornell University Press.Last Updated: Sep 10, 2020, 11:20am