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.
China’s capabilities and intentions in cyberspace have and will increasingly have a significant impact on the various interests in the international community. However, the study of the intersection between China policy scholarship and cyber policy scholarship is relatively recent, and rapidly evolving. There is limited understanding and analysis on what has happened, what is happening, and what China’s capabilities and intentions may be now and in decades to come.
The Belfer Center’s interdisciplinary team seeks to tackle these questions and offer thoughtful, in-depth, evidence-based analysis to inform public discourse on Chinese cyber issues and assess and communicate both the positive and more challenging consequences for the international community.
The aim of this initiative is to be a leading resource for, and convener of, international policy practitioners, academia, business, technologists, and civil society on this critical issue.
We will pursue this through four streams of work:
- Collect and share data to inform the global debate over Beijing’s cyber capabilities, practices, and intentions.
- Publish clear and concise policy-relevant recommendations on Chinese cyber security issues.
- Build an experienced, multidisciplinary network of China Cyber specialists.
- Promote U.S.-China dialogue about cyber issues.
The CCPI team will endeavor to communicate our perspective in national and international fora to ensure that evidence-based analysis and nuanced perspectives inform thinking around one of today’s most important, sometimes misunderstood, and complex issues.
Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs has established a Track II Dialogue with the China Institute for International Strategic Studies (CIISS), to facilitate discussions between the U.S. and China, as well as representatives from both countries’ tech sectors, on the risks of cyber conflict. The Track II will explore existing and new tools for mitigating these risks and possible areas for collaboration.
This Track II Dialogue is made possible through a grant from the Harvard Global Institute (HGI) and the Harvard President’s Office.