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.
Hilary Falb Kalisman is a former Non-Resident Fellow at the Middle East Initiative. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the History Department, and Endowed Professor of Israel/Palestine Studies in the Program of Jewish Studies, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research interests include education, colonialism, state and nation building in Israel/Palestine and across the broader Middle East. Her book manuscript, Schooling the State: Education in the Modern Middle East uses a collective biography of thousands of public school teachers across Israel/Palestine, Iraq and Transjordan/Jordan to trace how the arc of teachers’ professionalization correlated with their political activity, while undermining correspondence between nations, nationalism and governments across the region. Her research has been supported by the National Academy of Education, the American Academic Institute in Iraq as well as the International Institute of Education, among other organizations.Last Updated: Sep 18, 2020, 11:56am