Associate Fellow, Technology and National Security Program
Bill Drexel is an Associate Fellow for the Technology and National Security Program at CNAS. His work focuses on the risks of artificial intelligence applications in national defense and tech competition more broadly. Previously, Drexel worked as an internal displacement data officer at UN Migration (IOM), where he focused on humanitarian innovation. Prior to the UN, Drexel was a research associate at the American Enterprise Institute, where he worked on technology competition and Indo-Pacific strategy.
Always seeking on-the-ground exposure, Drexel’s career has ranged from serving as a rescue boat driver during Libya’s migration crisis, to conducting investigative research in the surveillance state of Xinjiang, China, to supporting humanitarian data efforts across wartime Ukraine. Drexel has been the recipient of numerous academic awards, including the Fox Fellowship to Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi), the Schwarzman Scholarship to Tsinghua University (Beijing), and the Research Award in Grand Strategy (Yale).
Drexel’s analysis and commentary has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, CNBC, Newsweek, Lawfare, and Law & Liberty. Originally from Texas, Drexel holds a B.A. from Yale University and master’s degrees from Tsinghua and Cambridge universities.
Recent Publications & News
How the U.N. Plans to Shape the Future of AI
By Bill Drexel
AI Expert: ‘China Mobile’s Work in the UN Is Particularly Concerning Because It Could Shape Norms around the World’
By Bill Drexel
Bill Drexel and Hannah Kelley on Chinese AI
By Bill Drexel & Hannah Kelley
NOTEWORTHY: Biden-Harris Administration Secures Voluntary Commitments from Leading Artificial Intelligence Companies to Manage the Risks Posed by AI
By Paul Scharre, Tim Fist, Bill Drexel, Michael Depp, Caleb Withers & Noah Greene
CNAS Responds: Oppenheimer and Global Nuclear Security
By Lisa Curtis, Katherine L. Kuzminski, Bill Drexel, Nicholas Lokker, Michael Depp, Jocelyn Trainer, Arona Baigal, Taren Sylvester, Noah Greene, Rebecca Wittner, Ayla McBreen, Laredo Loyd, Dr. Duyeon Kim, Valeria Allende, LCDR Stewart Latwin & Charles Horn
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