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.
Leyatt Betre is a predoctoral research fellow at the Belfer Center’s Managing the Atom Project and International Security Program, and a PhD candidate in Security Studies at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. She received her S.B. degree in Physics and Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she conducted research in both the Security Studies Program and the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. Her current research examines the history and politics of nuclear weapons R&D in the United States and the Soviet Union during the early to mid-Cold War, with a particular focus on the ways in which technical communities defined the parameters and possibilities characterizing contemporary arms control efforts.Last Updated: Aug 25, 2020, 12:50pm