Please join the Atlantic Council on Wednesday, April 6 at 10:15 am (EDT) for a special one-on-one discussion on leveraging tech diplomacy to build trust among allies. This event, hosted by the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub, features Keith Krach, chairman and co-founder of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue, and Kurt Campbell, coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs on the US National Security Council.
Technology is the new frontier of international relations. The interaction is bi-directional: technology is defining diplomatic matters while diplomacy is also influencing the development and deployment of technology.
Take semiconductors as an example. This is a technology that forms the foundation of digital economy, national security, and productivity in almost all industries. Global supply chain in the semiconductor industry is shaping U.S. foreign policy. Conversely, America’s diplomatic effort has been redefining the supply chain.
Tech diplomacy is different from science diplomacy, which became a key pillar for the U.S. and other countries since World War II. Scientists participated in treaty negotiations, engaged in bilateral summits and served as attachés at embassies. Primary topics included nuclear proliferation, super-collider construction, human space exploration and environmental science.