The Bottom Line Up Front

Protecting global knowledge centers and emerging technology supply chains.

In the twenty-first century, technology has become increasingly central to global systems — and geopolitical competition. Malign states are increasingly taking advantage of global centers of innovation and collaboration to funnel civilian technology towards defense applications. From artificial intelligence to hypersonics, quantum computing, biotechnology, and advanced manufacturing, protecting and preventing the theft and misuse of intellectual property and academic collaborations is now a top priority for states and innovation hubs around the world.

C4ADS supports multilateral efforts to prevent research from being exploited by authoritarian state actors, including China, Russia, Iran and North Korea. By developing new approaches to analysis and creating strong partnerships with key stakeholders, we hope to strengthen the regulatory systems around emerging and next-generation technologies to protect civil liberties and promote cross-border academic inquiry.