Research Assistant, Technology and National Security Program
Ainikki Riikonen is a Research Assistant for the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Her research focuses on emerging technologies, particularly artificial intelligence and information systems in the context of international competition.
Before joining CNAS, Ainikki worked at the U.S. Department of Defense’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies where she supported security cooperation programs focused on regional security issues in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia.
Her commentary and analysis have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Defense One, Voice of America, C4ISRNET, and Strategic Studies Quarterly. Ainikki holds a degree in international relations from the University of St Andrews and is a master’s candidate in security studies at Georgetown University.
Recent Publications & News
CommentarySharper: National Security's Next Generation
By Chris Estep, Ainikki Riikonen & Cole Stevens
Press NoteCNAS Responds: Week One of the Biden Presidency
By Richard Fontaine, Carrie Cordero, Chris Dougherty, Jason Bartlett, Nathalie Grogan, Megan Lamberth, Emma Moore, Carisa Nietsche, Ainikki Riikonen & Rachel Ziemba
ReportsDefense Technology Strategy
By Paul Scharre & Ainikki Riikonen
TranscriptTranscript from Common Code: An Alliance Framework for Democratic Technology Policy
By Martijn Rasser, Richard Fontaine, Ainikki Riikonen, Marietje Schaake, Akira Amari, Shin Oya, Rebecca Arcesati & Kylie Atwood
By Martijn Rasser, Rebecca Arcesati, Shin Oya, Ainikki Riikonen & Monika Bochert
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