Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk In The Research Enterprise

Thursday, July 30, 2020
Hoover Institution

Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk in the Research Enterprise
Thursday, July 30, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET

Watch the video of the discussion about the US research enterprise’s acute vulnerability to China's military-civil fusion ambitions, with proposals for redressing it.  

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has enjoyed direct and largely unrestricted access to US research, particularly in the areas of science and technology (S&T). But neither the US Government nor the universities and government laboratories in the US research enterprise are adequately tracking or scrutinizing research engagements with the PRC. This creates challenges for the United States that adversely impact its national and economic security, and violate norms of academic integrity, ethics, or administrative rules. The Hoover Institution’s report Global Engagement: Rethinking Risk in the Research Enterprise documents collaborations between US and PRC scholars and research institutions that have directly contributed to the PRC’s military modernization, and argues that new approaches to identifying and managing foreign engagement risk are urgently required. The report includes an integrated program of policy recommendations that aim to reconcile America’s commitment to open and globalized research with the imperative to safeguard US national security and economic competitiveness.

Opening Remarks:

Senator Rob Portman, Republican - Ohio

Moderator:

Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

Participants:

Glenn Tiffert, Visiting Fellow, Hoover Institution
Jeffrey Stoff, Senior Analyst, Department of Defense
Kevin Gamache, Chief Research Security Officer, The Texas A&M University System

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