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.
Owen Coté is Associate Director of the MIT Security Studies Program and Editor of the journal International Security. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT in 1996. His dissertation, which he is revising for publication, analyzed the sources of innovative military doctrine. In addition, he has written on post–Cold War naval and nuclear weapons issues in the United States and the Soviet Union.Last Updated: Sep 30, 2019, 1:08pm