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.
Lana Salman is a feminist scholar of international development. She holds a PhD in City & Regional Planning with a designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies from the University of California Berkeley. Her research focuses on local governance, women’s role in democratizing politics and the ways in which international financial institutions reconfigure the cities of the Global South. Her dissertation explores how poor dwellers from the peripheries of Tunisian cities turned municipalities into terrains of intense contestation where they articulated claims for access to basic services in the aftermath of the 2011 revolution. She has conducted research in Tunisia and Lebanon. Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Salman served as a consultant to the Chief Technical Advisor of the Lebanese Prime Minister, and was an Urban Specialist at the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Urban and Social Development Department. Dr. Salman 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, 12:40pm