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.
Kelly Stedem is a scholar of Middle East politics whose research interests include the practices of patronage and clientelism, ethnic politics, and security in Lebanon. She holds a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University. She also has an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA in Religious and International Studies from the University of South Florida. Stedem's research has been supported by the Mellon Dissertation Research Grant, POMEPS, and the Crown Center for Middle East Studies. Dr. Stedem will join the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for the 2020-2021 academic year as a postdoctoral research fellow.Last Updated: Sep 10, 2020, 12:39pm