Adam Segal

Biography: 

Adam Segal is the Ira A Lipman Chair in Emerging Technologies and National Security, and Director, Digital and Cyberspace Policy.  An expert on cybersecurity and Chinese domestic and foreign policy, his most recent book is The Hacked World Order (PublicAffairs, 2106).

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Chinese Cyber Diplomacy In A New Era Of Uncertainty

by Adam Segalvia Lawfare
Monday, July 31, 2017

Last month the Hoover Institution published my paper entitled "Chinese Cyber Diplomacy in a New Era of Uncertainty" as part of its Aegis Paper Series. I argue that after initially taking a relatively defensive, reactive position on the global governance of cyberspace, China under President Xi Jinping has adopted a more activist cyber diplomacy.

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Chinese Cyber Diplomacy In A New Era Of Uncertainty

by Adam Segalvia Aegis Paper Series
Friday, June 2, 2017

After initially taking a relatively defensive, reactive position on the global governance of cyberspace, China under President Xi Jinping has adopted a more activist cyber diplomacy. This foreign policy has three primary goals: limit the threat that the internet and the flow of information may pose to domestic stability and regime legitimacy; shape cyberspace to extend Beijing’s political, military, and economic influence; and counter US advantages in cyberspace and increase China’s room of maneuver. Measured against its objectives, China’s diplomacy would appear relatively successful. The greatest uncertainty for Beijing moving forward is the state of US-China relations.

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China, Encryption Policy, and International Influence

by Adam Segalvia Aegis Paper Series
Monday, November 28, 2016

It is difficult to disentangle the influence of U.S. encryption policy on the development of Chinese regulations and laws. Independent of what happens in Washington, Beijing has a long history of using encryption policy to foster national and domestic security as well as to promote economic growth and indigenous innovation. 

Analysis and Commentary

Why a cybersecurity treaty is a pipe dream

by Matthew Waxman, Adam Segalvia Global Public Square (CNN.com)
Thursday, October 27, 2011

For the foreseeable future, progress toward [a vision of cyber security and freedom] will be incremental and achieved through multiple arrangements hammered out with a wide array of state and private actors rather than through a global accord...