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.
Trevor Johnston was an associate at the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and a former postdoctoral research fellow. He is currently the Associate Social Scientist, Defense and Political Sciences Department, RAND Corporation. Trevor studies the political economy of authoritarianism and conflict in the Middle East. Focusing on the Arabian Gulf, his work explores the welfare of migrant populations and their access to basic goods and services. He is broadly interested in the effects of economic and immigration policies on conflict dynamics across authoritarian regimes. Trevor holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan.Last Updated: Jan 14, 2020, 1:36pm