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.
Steven Brooke is a former associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow (2015-2016). He is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Louisville. His research interests include Islamist movements, non-state social service provision, and electoral mobilization in both authoritarian and democratic contexts, and he is currently working on a book manuscript on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's provision of social services from the interwar period through the current rule of Abdelfattah El-Sisi. One common theme is his use of new data sources and methodological techniques, such as spatial analysis and survey experiments, to generate new insights into these research agendas. His research has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Project on Middle East Political Science, and the Graduate School at the University of Texas at Austin. Steven holds a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, M.A. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and George Mason University, and a B.A. from James Madison University.Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020, 1:21pm