In this edition of Global Tech Security Insights, a series of interviews with Commissioners from the Global Tech Security Commission, Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue Executive Producer Thuy Vu has a conversation with Todd Chapman, former U.S. ambassador to Brazil and Ecuador and Diplomacy Commissioner on the GTSC, to speak on the urgency of bridging the gap between diplomats and tech, as well as what pragmatic steps the U.S. and its allies can take to ensure technology advances freedom.
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.
How can the United States leverage tech diplomacy to build trust among its allies in the Indo-Pacific and beyond?