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Adam Segal

Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies

Expertise

Technology and development in China and India; East Asian security; Chinese domestic and foreign policy; cyberconflict, cybersecurity

Programs

Asia Program

Featured Publications

Task Force Report No. 70

Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet

The CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report, Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet, finds that as more people and services become interconnected and dependent on the Internet, societies are becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks. To support security, innovation, growth, and the free flow of information, the Task Force recommends that the United States and its partners work to build a cyber alliance, make the free flow of information a part of all future trade agreements, and articulate an inclusive and robust vision of Internet governance.

See more in Global; Cybersecurity; Internet Policy

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Task Force Report No. 44

Chinese Military Power

The rise of China has long been a growing concern among U.S. foreign policymakers. Of particular concern is the strength of Chinese military power and its relation to U.S. military capability. This important report assesses the situation and concludes that China is at least two decades behind the United States in terms of military technology and capability. If the United States continues to dedicate significant resources to improving its own military forces, as expected, the balance between the United States and China, both globally and in Asia, is likely to remain decisively in America’s favor beyond the next twenty years.

See more in China

Book

Digital Dragon

Author: Adam Segal

Can China become a true global economic power? That depends on the evolution of the Chinese high-technology sector. The industry's success or failure will determine whether China becomes a modern economy or simply a large one, argues CFR Senior Fellow Adam Segal in the first detailed look at a major institutional experiment with high-tech endeavors in China.

See more in China; Technology and Foreign Policy

Current Projects

U.S.-Asia Update Roundtable Series

Directors: Elizabeth C. Economy, C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director for Asia Studies, and Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies
July 1, 2007—Present

The U.S.-Asia Update Roundtable Series provides a forum for discussion of the major issues that shape Chinese domestic policies, U.S.-China relations, and East Asian regional dynamics. This series is made possible through generous support from the Starr Foundation.

Past Projects

Roundtable on Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship in Asia

Director: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies
May 1, 2005—July 31, 2010

The Roundtable Series on Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship in Asia evaluated the impact of emerging technological capabilities on American economic, political, and military power, and recommended policies designed to ensure continued U.S. technological superiority.

Study Group on Chinese Economic Development and U.S. National Security

Chair: Kenneth Lieberthal
Staff: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies
January 1, 2003—June 30, 2004

This study group drew attention to the unraveling of the bipartisan consensus that Chinese economic development is good for U.S. security, provided a framework for assessing what security benefits and risks the U.S. can expect from its future economic relations with China, and described what the end of this consensus means for U.S. policy toward China.

Independent Task Force on Chinese Military Power

Chair: Harold Brown
Staff: Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies
February 1, 2002—May 31, 2003

The rise of China has long been a growing concern among U.S. policymakers. Of particular concern is the strength of Chinese military power and its relation to U.S. military capability. This report assessed the ongoing development of China's military and provided an outlook on America's ability to maintain military superiority in the coming decades.

Recent Activity from Asia Unbound

CFR Events

Guest Event ⁄ Washington

Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet: Report of the CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy in the Digital Age

Speakers:

John D. Negroponte, Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates; Former Deputy Secretary of State and Director of National Intelligence; Task Force Co-Chair, Samuel J. Palmisano, Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, IBM Corporation; Task Force Co-Chair, Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Task Force Project Director

Presider:

Vivian Schiller, Chief Digital Officer, NBC News
June 10, 2013 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Guest Event ⁄ New York

Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet: Report of the CFR-Sponsored Independent Task Force on U.S. Policy in the Digital Age

Panelists:

John D. Negroponte, Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates; Former Deputy Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State; Former Director of National Intelligence; Task Force Chair, Samuel J. Palmisano, Former Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, IBM Corporation; Task Force Chair, Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations; Task Force Director

Presider:

Jacob M. Weisberg, Chairman, The Slate Group
June 6, 2013 1:00-1:30 p.m. - Lunch
1:30-2:30 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Academic Conference Call

China, Cybersecurity, and Crisis Stability

Speaker:

Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 25, 2013 12:00-1:00 p.m. - (ET)

This meeting is on the record.

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Corporate Meeting

The Business Impact of a Changing Cyber Landscape

Speaker:

Edward Amoroso, Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer, AT&T Services, Inc.

Presider:

Adam Segal, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies Council on Foreign Relations
June 15, 2011 6:30-7:00 p.m. - Dinner Reception
7:00-8:00 p.m. - Meeting

This meeting is on the record.

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Conference Panel Session

China 2025: Panel Two: China Goes Global

Moderator:

Sheila A. Smith, Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Panelists:

Evan A. Feigenbaum, Senior Fellow for East, Central, and South Asia, Council on Foreign Relations, Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations, Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, David H. Shinn, Adjunct Professor, George Washington University
October 19, 2009

This meeting is on the record.

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Guest Event ⁄ New York

Koppel on Discovery: The People's Republic of Capitalism

Speakers:

Ted Koppel, Managing Editor, Discovery Channel, Adam Segal, Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

David E. Sanger, Chief Washington Correspondent, The New York Times
June 26, 2008 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Cocktail Buffet Reception
7:30-8:15 p.m. - Screening
8:15-9:00 p.m. - Discussion

This meeting is on the record.

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Press/Panels

Video Interview

Push for Cyber Diplomacy

Adam Segal appears on FOX Business news to discuss the push for cyber diplomacy in President Barack Obama's meeting with Xi Jinping in California this weekend.

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Bio

Adam Segal is the Maurice R. Greenberg Senior Fellow for China Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on security issues, technology development, and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, Dr. Segal currently leads the Cyberconflict and Cybersecurity Initiative. His recent book Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge (W.W. Norton, 2011) looks at the technological rise of Asia.

Before coming to CFR, Dr. Segal was an arms control analyst for the China Project at the Union of Concerned Scientists. There, he wrote about missile defense, nuclear weapons, and Asian security issues. He has been a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for International Studies, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Tsinghua University in Beijing. He has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University. Dr. Segal is the author of Digital Dragon: High-Technology Enterprises in China (Cornell University Press, 2003), as well as several articles and book chapters on Chinese technology policy. His work has appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs, among others. He currently writes for the blog, "Asia Unbound."

Dr. Segal has a BA and PhD in government from Cornell University, and an MA in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Languages:

Mandarin Chinese (Fluent)