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U.S.-China-Russia Geo-Strategic Competition in the Age of Artificial Intelligence and Biotechnology

Holding the technological high ground has come to be recognized as the key to success in great power competition. The rapidly evolving advancements in artificial intelligence dominate the headlines. As does the race between the United States and China for A.I. capabilities. Surprisingly little attention is paid in the media and policy circles to what A.I. advances make possible in the rapidly evolving sphere of biotechnology. This project seeks to offer timely and original insights into geostrategic competition in the age of A.I. and biotechnology by pursuing the following questions:

  • How does the political and military leadership in China view the power of biotechnology and A.I. in the context of intensifying great power competition? What are the areas of agreement? Disagreement? Contestation? 
  • What are China’s current, emerging, and anticipated biotech capabilities?
  • How does Beijing’s approach and capabilities compare (and relate) to those of Washington and Moscow?

Yelena Biberman

Yelena Biberman is an associate professor at Skidmore College, new voice at the Andrew W. Marshall Foundation, nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and associate at Harvard University’s Davis Center. She was a Modern War Institute at West Point fellow in 2020-21. Her book, Gambling with Violence: State Outsourcing of War in Pakistan and India, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. Biberman’s research has appeared in academic journals, such as the Journal of Strategic Studies, Asian Security, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Modern Asian Studies, and Political Science Quarterly, as well as in policy and mainstream media, such as the Military Review, Foreign Policy, and Washington Post. Her work has been supported by numerous grants, including from the United States Institute of Peace and Fulbright Fellowship. She received her B.A. from Wellesley College, Master’s from Harvard University, and Ph.D. from Brown University. She also worked as a journalist in Russia.