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.
Tuğba Bozçağa's research interests lie in political economy of development, with a substantive focus on governance, bureaucracy, social welfare, and distributive politics. Her dissertation examines how local social structures and institutions affect state capacity and service provision in Turkey. Her other research focuses on Islamist service provision, urban and rural governance, refugee welfare, and the use of geospatial measures in the study of development. In her research, Bozçağa uses quasi-experimental statistical methods; data sources and tools such as geospatial analysis, automated web scraping, historical archives, and mobile call detail records; and qualitative fieldwork. She is a junior fellow at the Association for Analytic Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS). Bozçağa holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BA in Economics from Boğaziçi University. Dr. Bozçağa will join the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for the 2020-2021 academic year as a postdoctoral research fellow.Last Updated: Sep 10, 2020, 12:42pm