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.
Nobuyasu Abe is an Associate with the Project on Managing the Atom. He was a senior fellow from 2018-2019. His areas of interest include nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, and civilian use of nuclear energy. Abe is a former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs and a former Commissioner of the Japan Atomic Energy Commission. He recently wrote on a Japanese perspective on the Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty in Global Change, Peace & Security and on Japan’s dilemma over nuclear "No First Use" in the Journal for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. He earned his B.A. from Amherst College.Last Updated: Aug 28, 2019, 2:03pm