Elsa B. Kania is an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for a New American Security’s Technology and National Security Program. Her research focuses on Chinese defense innovation in emerging technologies in support of the Artificial Intelligence and Global Security Initiative. Elsa is an independent analyst, a consultant, and co-founder of the China Cyber and Intelligence Studies Institute (CCISI). She was recently a 2018 Fulbright Specialist with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre. Elsa has been named an official “Mad Scientist” by the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. She is a graduate of Harvard College and was a Boren Scholar in Beijing, China.

Last Updated: June 26, 2018

Technology and Innovation in an Era of U.S.-China Strategic Competition

Paul Haenle & Elsa Kania from Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy
China has taken significant steps to implement national strategies and encourage investment in order to surpass the U.S. in high tech fields like artificial intelligence. In this podcast, Paul Haenle sat down with Elsa Kania, adjunct fellow at the...

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07.30.18

China May Become the World’s Leader in AI. But at What Cost?

Andrew Batson, Virgilio Bisio & more
The unprecedented amounts of data Chinese tech giants like Baidu and Alibaba collect is helping accelerate China’s development of big data and artificial intelligence (AI) applications, including facial recognition, automated retail operations, and...

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06.26.18

Should the U.S. Start a Trade War with China over Tech?

Jack Zhang, Graham Webster & more
At an already volatile moment in the United States’ trade relationship with China, the Treasury Department appears to be planning new restrictions on Chinese investment into what the White House calls “industrially significant technology” in the U.S...