How Cyber and Tech Will Shape Great Power Competition


Both cyber and tech are playing an increasingly prominent role in debates about American national security. To what extent will they influence a new era of great power competition with China and Russia? What course should Washington follow in emphasizing the centrality of cyber?

On June 29, the Center for the National Interest invited three distinguished experts and former government officials to discuss these issues and more.

John Negroponte is Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates. He served as the first Director of National Intelligence, a cabinet-level position, under President George W. Bush. He is also a former ambassador to the United Nations, as well as Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, and Iraq.

Frances F. Townsend is Activision Blizzard’s Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer. From 2004-2008, she served as assistant for homeland security and counterterrorism to President George W. Bush.

Samm Sacks is a Senior Fellow at Yale Law School’s Paul Tsai China Center and New America. She is writing a book (for University of Chicago Press) on the geopolitics of data policy and the U.S.-China technology relationship.

Jacob Heilbrunn, editor of the National Interest, moderated the discussion.