Transparency has long been a rare commodity in international affairs. But today, the forces of technology are ushering in a new age of openness that would have been unthinkable just a few decades ago. Governments, journalists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can now harness a flood of open-source information, drawn from commercial surveillance satellites, drones, smartphones, and computers, to reveal hidden activities in contested areas—from Ukraine to Syria to the South China Sea.
Two missile-driven crises on opposite ends of the planet point up several realities about anti-missile technology: first, that nothing in current arsenals can counter them, and second, that the small, cheap artillery rockets fired by Hezbollah pose a far more difficult challenge today than complex ICBMs.
Social media has altered the nature of war, argue Emerson T. Brooking and P.W. Singer. The viral propaganda of the self-declared Islamic State, Russian disinformation campaigns, and Chinese cyber-nationalism are all indications of a more fundamental shift in conflict—a revolution that threatens to catch U.S. policymakers and social media companies off guard.
Speakers: Peter Bock, Paul Cohen, and Andrew McAfee Presider: Amy Alving
George Washington University's Peter Bock, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Paul Cohen, and MIT's Andrew McAfee join Amy Alving, former chief technology officer of Science Applications International, to discuss recent innovations in artificial intelligence as well as the economic and security implications of these technological advances.
Speakers: Joel Garreau and Michael Rogers Presider: Lee Brenner
Joel Garreau of the Garreau Group and Michael Rogers of the Practical Futurist join HyperVocal.com's Lee Brenner to discuss the latest advances in information technology and biotechnology and their implications for public policy.
SAP Co-Chief Executive Officer Bill McDermott shares his view on how SAP is dealing with the changing effects of technology on the global economy and on policymakers.
This meeting is part of the Corporate Program's CEO Speaker Series, which provides a forum for leading global CEOs to share their priorities and insights before a high-level audience of CFR members. The series aims to educate the CFR membership on the private sector's important role in the policy debate by engaging the global business community's top leadership.
Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator at Financial Times, and Joseph S. Nye Jr., university distinguished service professor at Harvard Kennedy School, discuss new variables that are changing America's foreign policy strategies including the diffusion of power as technology empowers nonstate and nongovernmental actors, as well as the power transition from West to East.
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