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.
Thoraya El-Rayyes is a scholar of Middle East politics interested in the study of political economy, authoritarianism and contentious politics. She holds a BSc in Psychology from University College London, an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford. She is currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the London School of Economics.
Before embarking on an academic career, El-Rayyes spent nine years as a practitioner and policy analyst working on labour and employment issues across the Middle East. She is also an award-winning literary translator who specializes in bringing political literature from around the Arab region into English. Ms. El-Rayyes will join the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for the 2020-2021 academic year as a predoctoral research fellow.Last Updated: Sep 10, 2020, 12:41pm