Technology Alliance Project

The CNAS Technology Alliance Project explores how technology will be at the center of the new era of great power competition. Whoever leads in emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, biotechnology, and next-generation telecommunications will garner economic, military and political strength for decades. A multilateral group of like-minded nations is needed to safeguard liberal-democratic institutions and to act as a bulwark against authoritarian powers. Broad cooperation is needed to maximize effectiveness across a range of areas, including R&D, supply chain diversity and security, standards-setting, multilateral export controls, and countering the illiberal use of advanced technology. To achieve the necessary level of coordination and collaboration, the United States should lead the creation of a new international organization for technology policy—a technology alliance.

This Technology Alliance Project, supported by a grant from Schmidt Futures, aims to coordinate multinational technology policy. Its purpose is threefold: regain the initiative in the global technology competition through strengthened cooperation between like-minded countries; protect and preserve key areas of competitive technological advantage; and promote collective norms and values around the use of emerging technologies. CNAS is working in collaboration with partners from the Asia Pacific Initiative (API) and the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS) to ensure diverse input from global stakeholders in the public sector, academia, and industry.

This project is part of America Competes 2020, a Center-wide initiative featuring cutting-edge CNAS research, publications, events, and multimedia aimed at strengthening the United States’ strategic advantages at home and abroad.

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Technology & National Security

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CNAS Technology Alliance Project Announces API and MERICS Partnership with Support from Schmidt Futures

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