Collateral Damage? Research Collaboration in an Age of U.S.-China Competition
Featuring a keynote address from Norman R. Augustine followed by an expert panel discussion
Norman R. Augustine
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin; former Undersecretary of the Army; current member of advisory boards to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy
Matthew P. Goodman
Senior Vice President and Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS
Followed by an expert panel discussion including:
Deputy Director, Mercator Institute for China Studies
Dr. Richard Lester
Associate Provost for International Activities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Director of Policy and Cyber Security Research and Visiting Research Professor at the University of Maryland
Deputy Director and Senior Fellow, Simon Chair in Political Economy, CSIS
Over the past year, the United States has introduced several new policy initiatives to limit foreign access to critical technologies, including tightening inbound investment screening procedures and expanding export controls on emerging and foundational technologies. At a Senate Intelligence Hearing on Worldwide Threats in February 2018, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned of other countries “exploiting the very open research and development environment” in the United States and counterintelligence risks from “nontraditional collectors, especially in the academic setting, whether it’s professors, scientists, students.” The United States is reevaluating its posture on foreign research collaboration. Various U.S. government agencies have increased scrutiny of researchers from sensitive countries while recent legislative proposals would restrict foreign students’ access to certain research projects.
Policymakers have to evaluate the tensions between national security and an open and welcoming investment and innovation environment, as well as the degree to which such efforts should be coordinated with allies and partners. Notably, officials will have to decide whether to expand limits on research collaboration, while ensuring the United States remains the premier destination for top global talent.
Please join the CSIS Simon Chair in Political Economy at 2:00pm on Tuesday, June 4, for keynote remarks by Norman R. Augustine, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin, former Undersecretary of the Army, and current member of advisory boards to the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Energy, followed by an expert panel discussion on balancing national security concerns with research competitiveness.
This event is made possible through the generous support of member governments of the CSIS Allied Economic Forum.